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Ryan T. Higgins

Author of Mother Bruce

29 Works 6,367 Members 205 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Ryan T. Higgins (ryanthiggins.com) 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 bestselling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack show more Keats New Illustrator Honor. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids... and too many pets. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Ryan T. Higgins

Mother Bruce (2015) 1,658 copies
We Don't Eat Our Classmates (2018) 1,620 copies
Hotel Bruce (2016) 534 copies
We Will Rock Our Classmates (2020) 426 copies
Bruce's Big Move (2017) 346 copies
Santa Bruce (2018) 271 copies
Be Quiet! (2017) 230 copies
What About Worms!? (2020) 159 copies
Bruce's Big Storm (2019) 148 copies
Spring Stinks (2021) 147 copies
The Bruce Swap (2021) 103 copies
Thanks for Nothing! (2021) 96 copies
Wilfred (2013) 78 copies


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Places of residence
Kittery Point, Maine, USA
Paul Rodeen



That grumpy bear, Mother Bruce, is back in this amusing board book, resisting all efforts to get him to join the fun. As the counting kicks off with "1 grumpy bear," a series of animals appear, all joining the party started by the three mice (naturally). At the end of the book however, the reader still encounters "1 grumpy bear...."

Having enjoyed all eight of the large-format picture books about Bruce and his family of goslings and mice, I picked up 1 Grumpy Bruce: A Counting Book with some anticipation, sure that (if nothing else) I would appreciate author/illustrator Ryan T. Higgins' droll artwork. Happily, I can report that this is in fact the case—as always, the visuals here tickle my funny bone, as Bruce resists all efforts at getting him to be less grouchy—but I was also amused by the text itself. I don't think I've seen a counting book before that starts at 1, and ends up at 1 again, at the conclusion. That device allows Higgins to tell a little story, in a simple board book that might otherwise only be about numbers and counting. Recommended to fans of Bruce and his adventures, and to those looking for fun counting books for babies.… (more)
AbigailAdams26 | 1 other review | Feb 18, 2024 |
A funny and warm-hearted take on facing your fears.
sloth852 | 2 other reviews | Feb 8, 2024 |
Grouchy Bruce the bear didn't like holidays. He didn't like Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving, and he definitely didn't like Halloween! When his family of mice and geese decide to correct this issue by enacting a retelling of The Legend of Soggy Hollow, with Bruce in the leading role of Ichabod Bruce, things don't go quite to plan. As Bruce flees from his "intended," the lovely Miss Camilla van Moofle (played by a moose), he encounters the real horseless horseman in the woods...

A clear send-up of Washington Irving's classic tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this eighth picture book about Bruce the bear and the geese and mice he cares for was a hoot! Bruce and the Legend of Soggy Hollow pairs an amusing narrative, full of silly humor children will find entertaining—fleeing from kisses, inadvertently falling in with a real ghost—with appealing artwork that ably captures the zany hijinks in the text. I'm reading this one out of season, as it has been on request at my library since I discovered its existence, and it only recently became available. That said, it was still quite entertaining, regardless of the time of year, and is one I would recommend to picture book readers who have enjoyed other tales about this blustery bear and his unconventional family.… (more)
AbigailAdams26 | Feb 4, 2024 |
Funny story about friendship and jealousy. Norman makes a pretty big mistake but soon puts it right. Great illustrations.
AnnesLibrary | 8 other reviews | Jan 28, 2024 |



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