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My son and I are big fans of the Mother Bruce series, so when we saw this was coming out, I quickly pre-ordered it. When it came, even my son couldn’t hide his disappointment. It’s half the size of the rest of the Bruce books and the content is sadly lacking. It’s more like a book for beginner readers with one repetitive sentence per page. We are returning our copy.
What a disappointment. The book is half of the usual size and the reason is there is little content. Most of the book is about a rabbit and Bruce with the rabbit talking about the "green smell of green-smelling grass" and the "sweet smell of sweet-smelling daisies". My grandson has loved the previous Bruce books but would be very disappointed with this book so I'm returning it.
I preordered this new Mother Bruce book and waited impatiently for it to arrive months later. Sadly, I returned it to Amazon thirty minutes after it arrived. What happened!! We are adults in our 70's - with no grandchildren yet - and we own ALL of the Mother Bruce books; we totally enjoy & read them over and over. Not only was Spring Stinks a tiny little book, the story was thin, weak, and non-sensical (and not in the usual good way). The ending left me hanging; I kept trying to unstick the missing last page - which wasn't there. On a positive note, the art was good. I'm such a fan, I'll preorder and wait impatiently for the next installment. Counting on you Ryan; you can do it!
Yes this book is physically smaller, yes the text is shorter. Bruce’s temperament has not changed a bit, and the illustrations are everything we expect.
This book is a Little Bruce Book. Perfect for small hands and younger Bruce enthusiasts. Many folks seemed to have missed that aspect, and in all fairness it’s not pasted in big bold letters in the description.
This purchaser is not disappointed. I have books of all sizes on our shelves. My grandkids are at different levels of interest and attention span. I’m hoping for a few more Little Bruce Books!
I preordered this book. So there weren't as many details listed about the book as there are now. The story is cute. But not as cute as the "regular sized" books. I was surprised and disappointed by the size (both in length and in the actual dimensions) of this book. I wish it matched the other Bruce books.
I'm a fan of Ryan T. Higgins' books, especially the Mother Bruce ones. I got this one as a gift for a friend's daughter. It's smaller in size with a lighter narrative (think: board book plus) than a regular Bruce picture book. It's much easier for little hands to hold! Her daughter loved Ruth the bunny and the wet moose! I highly recommend this for younger Bruce fans. The art is gorgeous, the text makes a fun read-aloud and the humor is spot on for little ones. She wants more Little Bruce Books! Fantastic transition book.
The story line is cute but short. The artwork is adorable as always. However, the size of the book is extremely small. I guess to accommodate the short story. I am extremely disappointed that I paid $10 for a book this small. $5-6 might have been more acceptable for what you actually get.