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mother bruce


A grumpy bear named Bruce wants only to keep to himself. Solitude is his favorite thing. Well, that—and eggs. He loves eating eggs! He loves eggs so much that he—for shame, Bruce!—sometimes goes a-thieving to take eggs from birds’ nests… He then cooks the eggs into fancy recipes he finds on the Internet.

One day, Bruce steals four eggs from a goose. However, before he can cook them, the goslings hatch! They start following Bruce anywhere and everywhere he goes, and no matter how scary Bruce tries to be, baring his claws and teeth and roaring loudly, the goslings do not leave.

Is it possible they think Bruce is “Mother Bruce”? It seems Bruce is stuck with them. Well, he might as well try to make the best of it. Geese swim, right? Bruce is going to have to teach them. Now, where can he get a pair of water wings and flippers?


about the author/illustrator

ryan t higgins


Ryan Higgins grew up on a diet of cartoons, cheese sandwiches, and climbing trees. At the age of four he decided to become a cartoonist instead of a tiger.

He doesn’t have a sense of smell. And his attention span is very short because he is very easily distracted. To help prevent distractions, he has his drawing desk as far away from windows as possible; sometimes he even works in his closet.

He has self-published two “small” books: Roger Goes Up and Twaddleton’s Cheese. Wilfred is his first “big” book published by a big publisher in a big city.

Ryan lives in Southern Maine with his three dogs, three cats, two geckos, one tortoise, one son, one daughter, and one wife.

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Also by Ryan T. Higgins:
Hotel Bruce. Disney-Hyperion. October 2016.
Wilfred. Dial. 2013.


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