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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bruce's Big Move, written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins. Disney Hyperion, Hachette. 2017. $18.99 ages 4 and up

"Finding a new house for
a mother bear and his
four geese can be difficult.
But Bruce found the perfect
place eventually. It was in
a quiet neighborhood,
with a lake, meadows
nearby to explore ... "

I hope you remember Bruce and his adventures as the reluctant father of four geese, after he mistakenly adopted them in Mother Bruce (2015). His life has not been easy since then, although he has come to love them and give them the care they need. All grown up, they have no intention of leaving Bruce and the comfort of home.

The mice who managed to take over his house in Hotel Bruce (2016) are another matter altogether. They, too, are grown and enjoying the amenities of a ready bed (right on top of Bruce along with their geese counterparts), sharing the bathtub, and his living space while making as big a mess as can be imagined.

Bruce wants them out! His attempts to have the mice move are unsuccessful matter what he tries. So, Bruce decides that he will be the one to move, and he will take his geese family with him. Finding the perfect house is fraught with problems. Bruce perseveres. Finally, he finds the perfect place, settles in and rejoices in the dearth of mice.

The geese feel decidedly different about their circumstance. What's a father to do?

Fans love the grumpy bear and the difficulties he faces! They also love the geese who reveal their thoughts through action and expression, while never saying a word. The talkative, exuberant mice are without filters, humorous and as annoying as they can be. All that is not said is shown in the delightful 'scans of treated clayboard for textures, graphite, ink and Photoshop' images that fill the book's pages. Hilarious and highly anticipated! There will be giggles galore as you share it.

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