Bruce's Big Move, by Ryan T. Higgins!

I have a special place in my heart for Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins.  This summer one of my chickens was determined to become a mother.   We couldn't coax her to leave her eggs for weeks. Our lack of a rooster and the impossibility of those eggs actually hatching didn't concern her.  

Finally, we bought two chicks, and snuck them underneath her at night.  In the morning, she awoke to the babies she had been waiting for!  She has happily adopted, protected, and mothered them ever since. In Mother Bruce, a curmudgeonly bear adopts four goslings in a similarly endearing way.  

The second in the seriesHotel Bruce, shows how just when things can't get any worse, they do! Not only must Bruce raise goslings, but a fox, a possum and three mice also move in! Grumpy Bruce doesn't like this one bit!  The chaos is funny and makes us relate to and love Bruce despite his surliness. 

Bruce's Big Move, is the perfect third installment of the series. Bruce shows what he's willing to do for some peace and quiet alone with his four goslings! But three mice live with them and no matter what he does, they won't leave. In fact, they always mistake the words: "GET OUT!" for a friendly suggestion that they play outside! When Bruce moves to a new house, the goslings are unhappy. Bruce does everything he can to cheer them up--but only the return of the mice can do that! 

Bruce's gruff exterior hides a soft heart and the fact that the mice understand who he really is, makes this book charming and re-readable. The bright and expressive illustrations create compelling page turns. The humor makes kids and adults laugh and discuss issues of younger siblings, messes, and what it means to be a family. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages!

*I received a copy of this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

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