Guess How Much I Love You pdf Summary Reviews by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You pdf book is a Children’s Classic book by Sam McBratney.

Guess How Much I Love You Summary

“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.

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About Sam McBratney Author of Guess How Much I Love You pdf Book

Sam McBratney
Sam McBratney

Sam McBratney Author of Guess How Much I Love You pdf Book was born in 1943. He was a Northern Ireland native. He started writing children’s books when he was a teacher in his thirties, with the aim of helping out students who had trouble reading. But he continued writing for a more-personal reason: “the act of imagining simply makes me feel good,” he says. The fifty-seventh book of Sam McBratney’s career, and his first book with Candlewick Press, was the much-loved GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, which has sold an astonishing 15 million copies worldwide, and is available in 37 languages. “This is not the sort of thing you expect when most of your books have been remaindered,” the author admits. “But, as the frog trapped in the milk discovered, if you keep going, sometimes you find yourself walking on cream cheese.”

Where does Sam McBratney get his inspiration? “I told my children stories when they were young,” he says, “so when I write I try to think of what they would have liked.” But there may be another source guiding his writing as well. The author’s father–who worked as a type compositor with the BELFAST TELEGRAPH, and whose favorite books were westerns–is the person Sam McBratney credits for giving him his love of the English language. “Most of my picture books–GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, JUST ONE!, and JUST YOU AND ME–explore the relationship between a big one and a wee one,” the author notes. “The big one is not called the father in the stories, but that’s what he is. Although my dad died before I became a writer, the father in my stories has a voice and a presence that he would have recognized and understood.”

In addition to authoring many books for children, Sam McBratney wrote radio plays for adults and a prize-winning collection of short stories. He received a degree in history and political science from Trinity College, Dublin, and worked for many years as a teacher.

Guess How Much I Love You pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Guess How Much I Love You pdf
Guess How Much I Love You pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick; Brdbk edition (March 6, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Board book ‏ : ‎ 20 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 076360013X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0763600136
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 1 – 3 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD490L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.9 x 0.64 x 5.84 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #2,345,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #2,427 in Children’s Rabbit Books (Books)
  • #11,150 in Children’s Classics
  • #79,733 in Children’s Literature (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars    5,823 ratings

Guess How Much I Love You Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars Nap Time Win. Big Nutbrown Hare fail.
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021

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I have a love hate relationship with this book.

It’s a BEAUTIFUL book from cover to cover. The quality of the hardcover is top notch. It has this semi soft binding that’s perfect for little hands and the illustrations are lovely, as well.

The story however, irks my soul. Here this little kid is trying to express how much he loves his dad and each and every time the dad just has to one up him. I thought by the end of the book the dad was going to let him have one (the kid was damn near sleep at this point) but nope … to the moon and back! Gotta love it lol.

Nevertheless, this book is a win (until I have to explain to my child how rude the dad actually is but until then …) it will continue to be our nap time book. By the time Little Brown Hare starts closing his eyes so does mine! I love it. Currently writing this review with a toddler who has seamlessly transitioned into her nap time through this book!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet book, should be a staple in every child’s library
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2016

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This is a beautifully sweet book for baby. It has sweet little bunny pictures of papa and baby bunny, and it beautifully expresses a parent’s love for their child. I’ve seen this book around, and my mom had bought it for my nephews a few years ago. I knew I had to add it to the library of books for my daughter. I’ve even given this as a gift to friends.

It’s very well and beautifully made, and it’s a hard cover book, so it holds up quite well. The pages are glossy and attractive, and the drawings are very sweet.This is a good book to start reading to your child early, and it will surely become their favorite as they get older.

This is not a competitive book, but rather a book about a fun game to guess how much the parent hare loves the child hare. In the end, it’s all about letting the child win. The father waits until the child is asleep in the assurance he has come up with the unbeatable answer, “I Love you all the way to the moon!” But as he sleeps and the father looks at this bundle of miracle that has been bestowed upon him he says what he feels, “I love you all the way to the moon, and back”. The child doesn’t hear this. The father is just expressing a love he can’t even define it’s so big. That’s not competitive or mean spirited, it’s a wonderfully realistic portrayal of having a feeling of love so big that you know there is nothing bigger.

I wouldn’t say this book brings tears to my eyes, but it is certainly a good read.


5.0 out of 5 stars Love unlimited – a powerful message for children
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2000

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I was browsing through the children’s department of my favorite local bookstore, looking for a gift, when this title caught my eye. I settled down on the floor for a read, and fell in love.
Big Nutbrown Hare is getting ready to put Little Nutbrown Hare to sleep for the night, when Little challenges him to guess how much he loves him. Little stretches his arms wide and says, “This much!” Big stretches his arms even wider and returns the love. Little keeps finding bigger and bigger ways to express his love for Big, and each time, Big outdoes him by virtue of his greater size. Finally, Little has to stop and ponder, and then triumphantly claims that his love for Big goes “all the way to the moon.” That’s a lot, Big concedes, and satisfied, Little settles down to sleep – and misses Big’s whisper that he loves him “to the moon and back.”
For children anxious about being loved, I can’t think of a better story to illustrate how limitless their parents’ love really is. No matter how much you love me, Big is saying, I love you that much and more. A comforting message, and one that Little can sleep on.
One of the things that makes this book unusual is that both hares are male. There is no lack of books about the love of mothers for their children, but Daddy-love is harder to find. I love the message here.
The pen and watercolor illustrations are wonderful. The animals are perfectly drawn – not cutesy, not cartoony, they are big rangy hares, with remarkably expressive faces. No cute little fluffola bunnies here…
I recommend this book as a valuable addition to your children’s library.

Rebecca L. Forbes

4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book before I had a child…she’s not that interested, though.
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2009

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The one star review for this book struck me as really silly. I think this book is very sweet and don’t understand the reviewer who saw it as negative competition and the father not accepting that his child loves him. To me, this “guess how much I love you” conversation seems like a natural, cute game that most children would enjoy if presented in a spirit of fun, not “I’m better than you”. I want to teach my daughter spanish and I have bought this book in both english and spanish.

I’ve loved this book since I first saw it 10 years ago and now that I’m pregnant I bought it for my daughter. Other reviewers have also criticized the illustrations as being boring, but I like the illustrations, myself. Maybe my child won’t like this book as much as I do? Well, I’m going to at least give her the opportunity to find out.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, my daughter has not liked this book as much as I did. She is three now and I think it’s actually too sentimental for her! (Darn it. lol) The illustrations are still appealing to me as a grown up but I see her drawn more to vivid colors.

I had originally given this book 5 stars because I thought it was so sweet, but if you’re looking for something your child will be thrilled with this might not be it. I couldn’t bare to take away more than one star, though. Ultimately, I guess I bought it for me! 🙂

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