cover image Hotel Bruce

Hotel Bruce

Ryan T. Higgins. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4847-4362-1

Some bears can’t catch a break: having unwillingly adopted four goslings in 2015’s Mother Goose, Bruce finds that three enterprising mice have converted his home into a hotel in this slapstick sequel. Higgins’s caricatured artwork delights in the resulting chaos as possums throw a pillow fight, a beaver chows down on the kitchen table, and a frog gets comfy in the toilet. The goslings—who quickly step in as bellhops—provide lots of laughs, too, and although Bruce eventually sends the hotel guests packing, the ending proves that there’s still room left in his heart, as well as in his home. Ages 3–5. [em]Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Oct.) [/em]