Guess How Much I Love You

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This worldwide best-seller board book from Candlewick makes an excellent gift for new babies or young children's birthdays.

During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.

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Overview

This worldwide best-seller board book from Candlewick makes an excellent gift for new babies or young children's birthdays.

During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.

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Little Nutbrown Hare is trying to tell Big Nutbrown Hare just how much he loves him, but each time Big Nutbrown Hare's love seems to be bigger. Indeed, there is no way to measure the love, and Little Nutbrown Hare can finally only express it by saying his love is as far as the moon. After Big Nutbrown Hare kisses Little Nutbrown Hare goodnight, he whispers that his love is as far as the moon and back. This loving goodnight book has expressive and lively illustrations.
Lund
From Horn Book An abbreviated edition of the story about Little Nutbrown Hare trying to prove how much he loves Big Nutbrown Hare is weakened by the addition of popups and pull tabs to the illustrations. The paper engineering is standard at best (some pages are quite stiff) and adds nothing to the sentiment of the text and the otherwise charming illustrations. Stick with the original edition. -- Copyright © 1999 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. by Anita Jeram, now appears in a gifty square-sized "Sweetheart Edition" for parent-child sharing, complete with a red cloth cover and gold type on the spine. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fresh as a fiddlehead fern in spring, this beguiling bedtime tale features a pip of a young rabbit and his indulgent parent. Searching for words to tell his dad how much he loves him (and to put off bedtime just an eentsy bit longer), Little Nutbrown Hare comes up with one example after another ("I love you as high as I can hop!"), only to have Big Nutbrown Hare continually up the ante. Finally, on the edge of sleep, he comes up with a showstopper: "I love you right up to the moon." (Dad does top this declaration too, but only after his little bunny falls asleep.) Effused with tenderness, McBratney's wise, endearing and droll story is enriched by the near-monochromatic backdrop of Jeram's pen-and-wash artwork, rendered earthy tones of moss, soft brown and gray for a visually quieting effect just right for that last soothing tale before sleep. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It's Little Nutbrown Hare's bedtime. Stalling, he tells his father how much he loves him-as far as he can reach, as high as he can hop. Each time, Big Nutbrown Hare goes him one better-he can reach farther, hop higher. Finally, Little Nutbrown Hare falls asleep. As he gazes protectively at his son, Big Nutbrown Hare whispers some final words of love. Endearing pen and ink/watercolor illustrations complete this sweet tale of familial devotion, which is now available in a pop-up version. There are tabs to pull and a big panoramic pop-up of Little Nutbrown Hare and his Dad.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
It's Little Nutbrown Hare's bedtime. Stalling, he tells his father how much he loves him-as far as he can reach, as high as he can hop. Each time, Big Nutbrown Hare goes him one better-he can reach farther, hop higher. Finally, Little Nutbrown Hare falls asleep. As he gazes protectively at his son, Big Nutbrown Hare whispers some final words of love. Endearing pen and ink/watercolor illustrations complete this sweet tale of familial devotion. It also comes in a board book version and a boxed set that contains stuffed hare and the board book.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In this simple story, a father and son try to outdo one another in expressing their affection. Little Nutbrown Hare says that he loves his father as high as he can reach. Big Nutbrown Hare replies that he loves his son as high as he can reach-which is very high. Father seems to be winning-until the young rabbit tells dad that he loves him right up to the moon-which his father agrees is very far away. But as he kisses his son goodnight, he replies, ``I love you right up to the moon-and back.'' The watercolor illustrations are composed of scratchy lines and large areas of watery washes that are charming, but not too sweet. Large typeface and repetitive refrains invite beginning readers. It's refreshing and realistic to see a father and son relationship that is both competitive and loving.-Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Stephanie Zvirin
ges 35. An endearing nursery game is beautifully revitalized in this comforting, sleepy-time picture book. A little hare tests his father's love by declaring his own: "Guess how much I love you . . . This much." Jeram's double-page-spread watercolors are just right for the gentle competition that ensues as parent and child each avow affection in ever more expansive terms. Neither sugary nor too cartoonlike, the watercolors, in soft shades of brown and greens with delicate ink-line details, warmly capture the loving relationship between parent and child as well as the comedy that stems from little hare's awe of his wonderful dad. The story ends with a declaration of love so great it reaches "right up to the moon," and little hare finally falls fast asleep. There's not a wrong note in this tender tale, which should become an enduring bedtime favorite--right up there with "Goodnight Moon".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763642648
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: Guess How Much I Love You Series
  • Edition description: Board Book
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 20,343
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Lexile: AD690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.12 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam McBratney wrote GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU as the fifty-seventh book of his career. He reunited with Anita Jeram for YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES and the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks. He lives in Northern Ireland.

Anita Jeram is the illustrator of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks, and YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES, as well as Amy Hest's series about Sam and Mrs. Bear and Dick King-Smith's ALL PIGS ARE BEAUTIFUL and I LOVE GUINEA PIGS. She lives in Northern Ireland.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted November 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    love this book!

    this is my favorite baby book. this is one of four that we give at baby showers. we've noticed that very few people give books at showers. this purchase was for my sister-in-law. as she began opening it, she started to cry when she realized what the gift was, because she used to read all these books to my daughter when she was small.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    Oh My

    I am 19 years old and I can openly say that I still love this book, it is terribly cute story. My family used to to read it to me at night, and when I am older I will for sure read to my kids. I have also used the book when babysitting and kids love it! its so excellent! :D

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    Delightful Illustrations: Disturbing Tone

    Meant, I assume, to depict the boundless love of a parent for his child, the come-backs of Big Nutbrown Hare come across as constant one-ups-manship. Even as the longing Little Hare, trying and trying to love his parent enough, drifts off to sleep, Big Hare gets in one final competitive "Gotcha" response. Sure not a tone I want to share with the children in my life. Too bad. It could have been a charming book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    I Love You This Much

    A very sweet book that makes for a warm and loving end of the day. Leave you child with loving thoughts at bedtime. It's a wonderful book with a heart-felt message.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Great for Parents Who'd Like to Congratulate Themselves

    Many books are in print that sweetly tell children how much they are loved. In my opinion this one does a great job of glorifying narcissistic parents. Big Nutbrown Hare, instead of reacting with gratitude for his child's expression of love (I love you as high as I can reach), immediately responds with his own bigger love that is literally impossible for the child to match. Little Nutbrown Hare wishes he could jump as high, reach as far as his parent. The book does not present this as a fun, easy-going game, but as an earnest attempt for the little rabbit to express himself. In my opinion the book focuses on Big Nutbrown Hare and how wonderful he is for loving his child so much. Gee, no wonder some parents get choked up reading it -- gosh aren't we great, wow shouldn't we all be impressed with ourselves?! Even the title gives it away... Little Nutbrown Hare finally falls asleep with the gentle message 'I love you all the way to the moon'. Big Nutbrown Hare waits until the little bunny is asleep and says 'I love you all the way to the moon and back'. The poor kid can't catch a break.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    Fabulous!!!

    Love this so much that I am using it as the theme for my baby's nursery!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    I watch this series with my grandson every night at bedtime. It

    I watch this series with my grandson every night at bedtime. It is truly beautifully written and illustrated. Everyone is full of good morals and good examples: The loving and respectful character interaction; The spotlight, on the magnificence of nature and the never ending adventures that exist there; The peaceful world in which they live without unfriendly characters or danger; and, Big Nut Brown Hare does a fine job of nurturing and gently guiding Little Nut Brown Hare to make his own wise, thoughtful choices and to solve child-sized problems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Cute & Simple

    I love books like this one. It has beautiful pictures and a beautiful little story about love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Just Awesome!!

    I picked this up for my grandson - and it's just wonderful! :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    A Wonder for children and their loved ones.

    I have given the book and the Nutbrown Hare stuffed animal to two families - they are thrilled to receive reminders of their own loving histories. How many children have said to their loved ones, "I love you THIS much!" as they spread their arms as far as they will go? A real treasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    2 Thumbs up favorite!!

    'Guess How Much I Love You' is just a great children's book. It is very sweet and beautiful with so many great illustrations! At our school we know how important it is to maintain a summer reading program for your children - studies show that over time (many school years) children whose parents do not make the effort to have them read during vacation - well, they do fall behind.The perception can be created that they are not as bright as the other students. So - please read to your children this summer!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2011

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!

    I have been reading this book to my daughter for a year now, she loves it!!! I even had to buy little Nutbrown Hare.. Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    sweet!

    great for bedtime

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    My daughters LOVE this

    This is a great read for kids, and both of my girls have enjoyed it at various ages.
    The pictures are good, the imagery is good, and the sentiment is good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2010

    One of my favorite children's books ever

    I love watching my husband read this to his children; it gets me all teary eyed every time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    A great children story-

    I really like this book. It is a sweet story of a mother bunny and her little bunny. The mother bunny is trying to explain to the little bunny just how much she cares for her little bunny. The illustrations in this book are amazing and really capture the love between mother and child. This little bunny is so sweet and innocent. You will love reading this book to your children and telling them just how much you love them! I highly recommend this book to people of many ages!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Perfect for Dad's, Mom's too

    This book makes for a special bedtime story read by Dad (can be read by Mom, too). The illustrations and story are excellent and makes a great collection in your toddler's library for bedtime stories. This is the type of book your child will pass on to their own children.

    Some examples from the large, hard-bound book: "I love you right up to the moon, he said and closed his eyes. Oh, that's far, said Big Nutbrown Hare. That is very, very, far." "Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Good story

    An execellent starter read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

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    My Kids do not like this book

    I have no idea why this book is so popular. I got it as a gift 3 times for both my sons, 3 and 1 and 1/2. Neither of them have ever gotten through me reading the whole book. It is completely uninteresting and unengaging.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    This story is DIVINE :) It bring tears into my eyes... Thank you

    This story is DIVINE :) It bring tears into my eyes... Thank you Sam :)

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