A sequel to the absolutely fabulous Mother Bruce (which you should go read NOW if you haven’t already), Hotel Bruce continues the story of “Mother” Bruce, a grumpy bear who accidentally became parent to four hapless geese. Every year, he takes them south to Miami for the winter, bringing them back in spring. It’s very tiring, and when Bruce returns home, he is looking forward to relaxing in his den – only to find his home has been turned into a trendy inn by three enterprising mice! His bed is filled with moose and bunnies, a wiley fox has taken over his kitchen, and the geese are no help at all, dressing up as bellhops and playing along. Can Bruce control his nasty temper, yet still rid his home of these pesky beasts?
This was a fun romp of a story, with the same tongue-in-cheek text and visual gags that made the previous Bruce story so charming. And while this one had slightly less emotional impact than its prequel, it filled that portion of the narrative with some genuinely laugh-out-loud jokes and a strangely satisfying message: sometimes, it’s okay to lose your temper if it means standing up for yourself, especially if someone is taking advantage of you. The illustrations are fabulous, funny, and full of energy, and the length is great for little readers. JJ enjoyed this one a lot, and older kids who will get the jokes and sight gags will love it even more. A fun story for Bruce and his geese, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!