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PreS-Gr 2—Bruce is back and grumpy as ever! When a big storm is forecast, Bruce just wants to hunker down in his wingback chair with a good book. However, his kids (four geese), housemates (three mice), and all of his animal neighbors have other ideas. As the house becomes a safe haven for the community, the animals enjoy one another's company with their usual chaotic enthusiasm. That is, until they see a little white bunny caught in the storm. Nibb the mouse is ready to help, but risks getting blown away. Bruce begrudgingly ventures out in the storm (to retrieve his favorite umbrella, of course). Just when you think that Bruce is going to save the day, there is a surprise twist. The expressions on the animal faces are priceless. The illustration details are clever and hilarious—from Bruce's coffee cup labeled "Jo," to the impressive mustache on one of the mice, to the hard hat on a blueprint-wielding turtle. Children and adults will chuckle at the humor and Bruce's secretly softhearted peevishness. Although each book in the series can be read alone, it is delightful to see the returning (and always growing) cast of characters as each installment continues Bruce's transformation from a cantankerous old recluse to the most beloved member of the neighborhood. VERDICT Always a blast, Bruce and his grumbling are sure to please in this stormy adventure.—Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH

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Author Biography

Ryan T. Higgins ( 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 New York Times best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. He also wrote and illustrated BE QUIET!, We Don't Eat Our Classmates, Santa Bruce, Bruce's Big Fun Day, and Peek-a-Bruce. Ryan lives in Maine with his wife and kids . . . and too many pets.

- (Grand Central Pub)


Grumpy Bruce the bear does not like neighbors, but is forced to help when a big storm draws them all to his home. - (Baker & Taylor)

Bruce finds the limits of his overcrowded home tested when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbors to his door for shelter. By the award-winning creator of We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. 300,000 first printing. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

Bruce's home is already a full house.

But when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbors knocking, he'll have to open his door to a crowd of animals in need of shelter-whether he likes it or not.

Readers will love this next installment of the uproarious, award-winning Mother Bruce series.
- (Grand Central Pub)

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