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Format:
Title:
Bruce's big fun day
ISBN:
9781368022811

9781368015776
Edition:
First paperback edition.
Publication:
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, 2019.
Physical Description:
28 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Nibbs the mouse wants to give Bruce the bear a Big Fun Day, but unfortunately grumpy Bruce does not like fun.
Reading Level:
260L Lexile

Pre-K - Grade 1
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Summary

Summary

Nibbs the mouse wants to give Bruce a BIG FUN DAY! But Bruce does not like BIG FUN DAYS. Not one bit.
This brand new tale captures the humor of the Mother Bruce picturebook series while helping children transition from listening to books read aloud to reading a story themselves!


Author Notes

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 Keats New Illustrator Honor. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids... and too many pets. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1--Bruce is a terribly grumpy bear, and his curmudgeonly ways, which have endeared him to picture book audiences, are on full display in this beginning reader series. The humorous illustrations are perfect for kids who will chuckle at the juxtaposition of the text and the art, which tell wildly different stories. It turns out that Bruce is grumpy but he just might have good reason to be. His mouse friend, Nibbs, plans a big, fun day but his idea of what fun is misses the mark entirely. While the text describes each activity, the art shows how horrible it all turns out for Bruce. Nibbs is well-intentioned but his efforts make Bruce even more grumpy. Readers won't despair, though, because it turns out that being grumpy is the best fun of all for Bruce. While this is not a standout in the beginning reader category, it is certainly one that children will read and enjoy. VERDICT First grade teachers will find this a welcome addition to their beginning reader bins.--Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA


Horn Book Review

In their entertaining first easy reader, Mouse Nibbs has a mission: put a smile on the face of ill-tempered bear-caregiver Bruce. Breakfast in bed (and syrup in fur), a picnic (ants in the sandwiches), etc.--"Big Fun Day" is a bust for Bruce...or is it? As always, Higgins's sight-gag-filled art allows readers to look past Bruce's furrowed unibrow to the cuddly pushover underneath. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Bruce the bear (Bruce's Big Move, 2017, etc.) is back for another grumpy day, this time in early-reader form.Fans of Bruce can rejoice as their favorite character advances alongside his audience. The well-known grouch appears with his signature skeptical expression and mouse frenemy Nibbs. Nibbs arranges a "BIG FUN DAY" for the pair, but as per usual, it's laced with disaster. Youngsters will giggle at and groan alongside Bruce as he recovers from a syrup-doused breakfast in bed, runs from an ant-infested picnic gone awry, and endures an extremely wet boat ride. The sight of oblivious Nibbs leading Bruce through the challenges, constantly beaming, adds to the laughs. The twist endingthat Bruce "likes being grumpy" and secretly enjoyed his harrowing dayis a smidge disappointing after such a fresh-feeling story, but no one will complain after all the fun. Higgins' droll narrative style uses predictable and repetitive vocabulary and plenty of clear visual cues to help newly independent readers navigate the book themselves. There are enough meaty words like "afternoon" and "fancy" and "supper" interwoven to keep youngsters on their toes, but the narrative is so engaging and the art so crisp and colorfully textured that they'll be eager to read on.Bruce may not be having a "BIG FUN DAY," but new readers sure will. (Early reader. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.