It’s one of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 28 million copies to date in 53 languages. For the past two decades Guess How Much I Love You has captured the tender bond between parents and children everywhere.
What many parents don’t realise, however, is that the universal story, which reappeared this week in a special 20th anniversary edition, was written by a man from Northern Ireland.
After 20 years, Sam McBratney’s endearing and universal story of Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, is still sharing its message of love with readers around the globe. It has become one of the world’s best-loved picture books.
It was written by Sam, a prolific author of books for older children, after his editor suggested he try writing his first picture book, with as few words as possible. The result was a simple story which has charmed generations of people of all ages, and come to signify a way of saying ‘ I love you’ for millions.
First published in 1994, Guess How Much I Love You has been a children’s favourite ever since. But increasingly the book has also become popular with adults as a gift for weddings, Valentine’s Day and special occasions. The timeless story has become a way of telling someone of any age how much you love them.
As well as the special anniversary edition of the book, the publisher is also bringing out a slip-cased, heart-shaped edition next week aimed at romantic adults.