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The Resource Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins

Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins

Label
Mother Bruce
Title
Mother Bruce
Statement of responsibility
by Ryan T. Higgins
Creator
Contributor
Author
Composer
Illustrator
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation
Member of
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • Beehive Children's Picture Book Award (Utah), 2018.
  • E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, Picture Book (formerly Indies' Choice Book Awards, Best New Picture Book), 2016.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Preschool, 2018.
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award (New Mexico): Roadrunners (Grades K-3), 2018.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades K-3, 2018.
Review
  • Preschool-Kindergarten Bruce the bear is a grump. He doesn’t like company. Or sunshine. Or rain. What he does like is eggs and finding new fancy ways of preparing them—yes, Bruce has the Internet and a stove. He is a very modern bear. Readers will no doubt start giggling as they see Bruce push his shopping cart through the forest to collect the necessary ingredients—honey straight from the hive (“He liked to support local business”), salmon, and, of course, goose eggs. Having obtained everything he needs, he heads home and gets ready to cook. But, then, wouldn’t you know it? The eggs hatch! This results in the grumpiest Bruce yet, and hilarity ensues as he attempts to get the baby geese, who are convinced he is their mother, to leave him alone. Comic illustrations range from full-page paintings to spot illustrations and panels that combine to show Bruce’s schemes to rid himself of the geese, culminating in a silly but sweet conclusion. This case of mistaken identity will lend itself to a fun-filled storytime. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 12-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 7)
  • Bruce is a grumpy bear. He’s also a thieving and unscrupulous bear, and he likes to take eggs from nests (“He cooked them into fancy recipes he found on the internet”). But four eggs he grabs from a goose don’t cook. They hatch. The four goslings that emerge follow Bruce everywhere, and no matter how he threatens—even when he bares his fangs and roars—the adorable big-footed goslings look merely puzzled. Little by little, the geese break Bruce down (“Bruce was stuck with them. He tried to make the best of it”) and wear away at his dignity; in one scene he glares darkly beside a wading pool in water wings and flippers. Having passed through goose infancy and goose adolescence (complete with headphones) into adulthood, the geese refuse to migrate; Bruce has to improvise. Higgins (Wilfred ) dwells satisfyingly on Bruce’s forbidding scowls and tubby middle, and even portrays properly the change from gosling fuzz to adult Canada goose plumage. It’s a droll look at conflict won by the underdog and—in its way—a book about unconventional families. Ages 3–5. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 7, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 36, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A crotchety bear unwillingly raises four goslings. Bruce is a stocky, black-and-dark-indigo bear with a scowling unibrow. He dislikes sunny days, rainy days, and cute little animals. He likes one thing: eggs, cooked into gourmet recipes that he finds on the Internet. He "collects" eggs from Mrs. Sparrow or Mrs. Goose—asking, hilariously, whether they're "free-range organic"—but the pictures reveal the truth: he's clearly stealing them. As Bruce brings home some goose eggs that unexpectedly hatch and imprint on him—"Bruce became the victim of mistaken identity"—wry text and marvelously detailed pictures juxtapose uproariously. Setting out to "get the ingredients" means wheeling a shopping cart into a river; "for some reason" he loses his appetite placing a pat of butter atop a live gosling's head on his plate. Grumblingly, Bruce rears them from "annoying baby geese" through "stubborn teenage geese" (wearing headphones, naturally) into "boring adult geese." Still they won't leave him. Rather than migrating (by wing or by the giant slingshot Bruce builds for the purpose), they don winter hats and coats. Befitting Bruce's personality, there's no sappy change of heart, but this family is forever. Higgins' softly fascinating textures, deft lines, savvy use of scale, and luminous landscapes (which evoke traditional romantic landscape painting, atmospheric in air and light) make for gorgeous art. Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2015)
Accompanying matter
libretto or text
Awards note
Show Me Nominee, 2017-2018.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10455908
Cataloging source
GO6
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Higgins, Ryan T
Credits note
Music by Ernest Troost
Dewey number
[Fic]
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Intended audience
  • Preschool
  • 570
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary text for sound recordings
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by Robertson Dean
Reading level
  • 2.5.
  • 3 .3.
  • 2.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dean, Robertson
  • Troost, Ernest V.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Mother Bruce
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bears
  • Geese
  • Animals
  • Eggs
  • Bears
  • Geese
  • Animals
  • Eggs
  • Animals
  • Bears
  • Eggs
  • Geese
Target audience
preschool
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from disc label
  • Accompanying book published: Los Angeles, CA : Disney-Hyperion, 2015
  • Compact disc
Accompanying material
1 book (42 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 32 cm)
Carrier category
  • audio disc
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • sd
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • spoken word
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • spw
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1003529412
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Edition
Kit edition..
Extent
1 audio disc
Isbn
9781338200737
Media category
  • audio
  • unmediated
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
  • n
Other physical details
digital, CD audio
System control number
(OCoLC)1003529412
Label
Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins
Publication
Note
  • Title from disc label
  • Accompanying book published: Los Angeles, CA : Disney-Hyperion, 2015
  • Compact disc
Accompanying material
1 book (42 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 32 cm)
Carrier category
  • audio disc
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • sd
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • spoken word
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • spw
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1003529412
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Edition
Kit edition..
Extent
1 audio disc
Isbn
9781338200737
Media category
  • audio
  • unmediated
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
  • n
Other physical details
digital, CD audio
System control number
(OCoLC)1003529412

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