Bruce and the Legend of Soggy Hollow (Mother Bruce)

by Ryan T Higgins (Author)

Bruce and the Legend of Soggy Hollow (Mother Bruce)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Mother Bruce

Celebrate all things scary with #1 New York Times best-selling author Ryan T. Higgins's beloved Mother Bruce.

Bruce is a bear who does not like holidays, and he really doesn't like Halloween. His family of mice and geese decides the only way to get Bruce excited about Halloween is to tell a scary story.

But their campfire tale takes a turn when a ghostly visitor appears. Will Bruce get in the Halloween spirit? Or will the Halloween spirit get Bruce?

Read all the Mother Bruce books!
Picture Books:

  • Mother Bruce
  • Hotel Bruce
  • Bruce's Big Move
  • Santa Bruce
  • Bruce's Big Storm
  • The Bruce Swap
  • Hey, Bruce!
  • Be Quiet

Board Books:

  • 1 Grumpy Bruce
  • Peek-a-Bruce

Little Bruce Books:

  • Spring Stinks
  • Thanks for Nothing!
  • Out Cold

Early Readers:

  • Bruce's Big Fun Day
  • Ballet Bruce
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Kirkus Reviews

Laughter abounds in this spirited tale with a sprinkle of spookiness.

Review quotes

Halloween? Bah, humbug! Everyone's favorite curmudgeonly bear, Bruce, is predictably irritated to find that his least favorite holiday, Halloween, is coming up. Tricks, treats, and visitors? Bruce is not impressed. His chosen family of mice and geese completely disagrees and, to inspire him, decides to dress up and act out a scary story ("The Legend of Soggy Hollow," featuring the Horseless Horseman), with our ursine protagonist in the role of schoolteacher Ichabod Bruce. Text bubbles and boxes further develop the story of these charming characters as they embark, albeit less than happily in the case of Bruce, on a performance that is dramatic, mysterious, and laugh-out-loud funny. Higgins' quirky sensibility is as comical and appealing as ever, and his illustrations are full of kid-friendly and engaging details. Bruce's unwilling foray into acting—which involves a meetup with a possible ghost and an attempt to escape the amorous moose playing his love interest—will have readers dissolving into giggles. They'll delight in the humor of Bruce's less-than-enthusiastic participation, and the story wraps up with a ghostly—but fun—twist. This is a feel-good and funny choice, perfect for Halloween or any time of the year. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Laughter abounds in this spirited tale with a sprinkle of spookiness. - Kirkus Reviews
Ryan T Higgins
Ryan T. Higgins ( is the author and illustrator of 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; Hotel Bruce; BE QUIET!; and Bruce's Big Move. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids and lots of pets.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
July 20, 2023
Mother Bruce
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002030 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
JUV013090 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Alternative Family
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Forest animals
Mood (Psychology)
Animal fiction

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