Bruce's Big Move

FTC Disclosure: I received a hardcover copy of Bruce's Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins for free in exchange for an honest review. The gift pack of books and promotional items is also provided by the publisher, Disney Books.

Hello again, everyone! "Mother" Bruce and his geese are back--now with more mice. Read on for a review and a 3-book giveaway (with stickers and a tote bag!!!)


If you, like me, fell in love with Bruce the gruff but motherly bear who, er, against his own will keeps sheltering small creatures in his house, you are in for a treat. If you have no idea who "Mother Bruce" is, settle down and I'll tell you!

By Ryan T. Higgins

In Stores September 26th, 2017
Recommended for ages 3-5

About the Book

After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan...

A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce's next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.

About the Author

Ryan T. Higgins is an author and illustrator who likes the outdoors and cheese sandwiches. He is NOT a grumpy old black bear, but he DOES like making books about one--starting with the best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids... and too many pets.

Alethea's Review

Full disclosure: my brother's name is Bruce, and like Bruce in the book, he is tough but also a softy, and makes me laugh. So I am a little biased in his favor.

After taking in 4 geese and 3 mice, it's evident his large family has outgrown their home, as well as outstayed their welcome with Bruce, who would really prefer to be alone (or so he thinks). Ok, ok--he'd prefer it if it was just him and his original "children", minus the three rodents, who are messy and noisy and did we mention messy? Also, these undauntedly optimistic little fellas just can't take a hint--ok, ok--a blatant signal that they're not wanted, as evidenced by Bruce's many attempts to mail, fly, or otherwise chuck them out.

So Bruce decided to move.
Bruce's Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins

A host of other woodland creatures are involved with trying to find a home for the family. Kids will have fun naming them and figuring out the funny ways they all drive Bruce a little nuts. When Bruce finally gets his quiet, peaceful, mouse-free house though, things aren't all fine and dandy as he expected they would be. Bruce tries everything to cheer up his geese, but as with his previous attempts to rid himself of unwanted tenants, nothing seems to work.

The illustrations in Bruce's Big Move are great at first glance, then even better as you look closer. There's a recipe for applesauce in the back endpapers, and other little details that will surely entertain those with sharp eyes. For an additional treat and giggle, take a look under the dust cover (a favorite pastime of true picture book aficionados). This will be a great library addition for book lovers who just need a light, humorous tale to read before bedtime. 

Giveaway Time!

A Whole Lotta Bruce!

One (1) winner receives:

*       Copies of Bruce's Big Move, Hotel Bruce, and Mother Bruce
*       Branded tote bag and stickers

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