- Author: Ryan T. Higgins
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Published: November 2015
- ISBN-10: 1484730887
- ISBN-13: 9781484730881
- Format: Oversize Hardcover
- Copyright: 2015
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Bears
Our Price: $9.00 - $17.99
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.
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 gees e." 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) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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