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Sam McBratney (1943–2020)

Author of Guess How Much I Love You

144+ Works 17,727 Members 348 Reviews 3 Favorited

About the Author

Sam McBratney was an Irish children's book author. He was born on March 1, 1943 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He earned a degree in history from Trinity College Dublin. He taught primary and secondary school from 1970 to 1990. After teaching he focused on his writing. He wrote over 50 books in a show more career of nearly 30 years. His books included Mark Time (1969), The Chieftan's Daughter (1993) which won the Bistro Book of the Year Award (1994), The Lough Neagh Monster (1994), Put a Saddle on a Pig (1991), which was republished as You Just Don't Listen, in 1993. His most popular book was Guess How Much I Love You, published in 1994 (illustrated by Anita Jeram). Will You be My Friend?, is the sequel and has a publication date of September 29, 2020. Sam McBratney died on September 18, 2020 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You (1994) 11,456 copies
You're All My Favorites (2004) 1,281 copies
Yes We Can! (2006) 635 copies
Just You and Me (1998) 492 copies
I Love It When You Smile (2005) 471 copies
I'm Sorry (2000) 443 copies
Just One! (1997) 288 copies
The Caterpillow Fight (1996) 256 copies
I'll Always Be Your Friend (2001) 185 copies
I'm Not Your Friend (1705) 58 copies
There, There (2013) 55 copies
Celtic Myths (1997) 39 copies
One Voice, Please (1879) 38 copies
Jimmy Zest (1984) 16 copies
Once There Was a Hoodie (2001) 15 copies
The Chieftain's Daughter (1994) 13 copies
Jimmy Zest, Super Pest (2002) 13 copies
Little Red Riding Hood (1996) 12 copies
The Lough Neagh Monster (1994) 12 copies
The Most-Loved Bear (2018) 9 copies
Zesty (2002) 8 copies
Bugs! (2010) 7 copies
Jimmy Zest is Best! (2002) 6 copies
Up the Wooden Hill (2005) 4 copies
Comets Pb (1995) 4 copies
Zullen we vriendjes zijn? (2021) 2 copies
Most-Loved Bear (2019) 2 copies
Queres Ser Meu Amigo? (2021) 2 copies
Jimmy Zest All-Stars (1988) 1 copy
Finn MacCool 1 copy
The Final Correction (1978) 1 copy
Speedy's Day Out (1998) 1 copy
Green Kids (Racers) (1993) 1 copy
Noah Sorts the Animals (1990) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge



**Found in the 20th Century Children's Book Treasury**
mrsandersonreads23 | 169 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
I love you right up to the moon and back!

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare so much he wants to show him. But every time he tries, Big Nutbrown Hare tops him. For instance, when Little Nutbrown Hare spreads his arms as wide as he can, Big Nutbrown Hare can spread his even wider.

The same thing happens when Little Nutbrown Hare reaches as high as he can, Big Nutbrown Hare can reach even higher.

Little Nutbrown Hare spends the day attempting to show Big Nutbrown Hare how enormous his love is, but he can never beat out what Big Nutbrown Hare can do. However, that night, right before Little Nutbrown Hare drifts off to sleep, he finds the perfect way.

This is a tender story that celebrates the love of a child. The illustrations are just as sweet as the tale, in this classic children's board book. This can be read anytime, but makes a great bedtime story. To make things even nicer, a snugly, little plush brown hare is included in this gift box.

This five-star set would make a lovely gift for Easter, a new baby, or any other time--an occasion or not. Children through age five will adore this.

Thank you, Candlewick Publishers, for providing Tickmenot with this set to review. Opinions are my own.
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Tickmenot | 169 other reviews | Mar 17, 2024 |
Such a cute, warm, charming story! I'm a huge marshmallow, but it really made me cry. Five stars.
Donderowicz | Mar 12, 2024 |



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