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Guess How Much I Love You

(Little Nutbrown Hare)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  130,102 ratings  ·  1,821 reviews
"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 ...more
Board book, 20 pages
Published January 27th 2005 by Candlewick (first published 1988)
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Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is THE best bedtime story, in my opinion. It was a nightly ritual for my first daughter, and it holds a very special place in our hearts. When it says that the dad bunny leans down and kisses the little one's head, Leah would always lean down and kiss the picture. The page became a little scummy from kiddie goo, and it's PRECIOUS! I will forever cherish my little girl's kisses in the book. ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of only three board books that continuously survive the purge because I simply can't bear to move it out. I see tiny, invisible handprints all over it, as it was a favorite of both of my children. I received this as a baby shower gift and have easily read it hundreds of times. That it is still occasionally requested at bedtime makes my heart happy. Beautifully illustrated, this story is so sweet that I have never been able to read the ending without a lump in my throat and a hitch in ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Can't the parent just let the kid win one? Even after kid falls asleep, the parent has to one-up the frustrated, exhausted child. Go pick on someone your own size! ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Someone wanted a story before bed, but someone isn't listening. I wonder if that someone could be Indy boy? And I wonder if that was to put off going to bed?! Of course it is.

This is a great little book. One that is a physical story as we do the actions along with the little hare, and the big hare. Our arms stretched wide or high, to show the love. This is a good little book for my son as he does not sit still for a story, but as it's about what 'we' do at home ie., 'I love you to the moon and
I finally got around to reading this classic story. A beginning story, simple and sweet about the love a parent and child have for each other.

This will give you warm fuzzies all over. The artwork is cute and the simple story and characters are perfect to deliver this message.

The nephew was like, cute bunnies, boring story. Nothing happens. He is a man of action. They spend the book telling each other how much they love each other. He would have loved it a few years ago, but now he is too old f
May 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fathers
One of the only books I can read to my daughter where the adult in the book is a male. Most of the books have no men or relegate the father to support-staff roles.

Having said that, the book is really a testosterone-fueled look at the competitive indoctrination of little boys.

Paraphrase of text:

Kid: I love you as million.

Dad: I love you a billion.

Kid: Can't you let me win once?

Dad: Only when you surpass my strength, then I will live vicariously through you.

Despite this shortcoming, the illustr
G Miller
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Okay this is my favorite book in the whole wide world, so I was surprised to see the number of less than favorable reviews.

To the guy that thinks (and I use that word liberally) that this book is a allegory for socialism, really? I mean really???? Really?????

To everyone else that thinks this book is about a "game of one-upsmanship" or it has a "undercurrent of competition between the parent and the child", You guys could not be more wrong.

Is upsmanship even really a word?

This book is about the n
Jon Nakapalau
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really nice bedtime book.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Looking for Lovely Reassurance Tales for Younger Children
Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare, have what at first glance seems like a love competition in this sweet reassurance tale from Northern Irish author Sam McBratney and English illustrator Anita Jeram. As the younger hare declares his love, only to be continually outdone by his elder - "I love you as high as I can reach," the son says, but his father can reach higher - it gradually emerges that the two are enacting a bedtime ritual in which their mutual love is reaffirmed, all ...more
Mike Spinak
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
This may be my least favorite children's book that I've read to the kids. Even worse than the highly commercialized children's books devoid of any value which are made for nothing but the tie-ins to TV shows and toy sales. Guess How Much I Love You turns loving each other into a competition - and one where the child can never win against the parent. I like the idea of parent and child loving each other a lot, but this is so, so wrong of a way to communicate that theme. I found it unpleasant and ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Nice illustrations. But the tone of the book doesn't strike me as particularly nice. I've known people who always have to win, and they're generally not pleasant to be around. The father figure's need to get in the last word even after the son is asleep reminds me of those unpleasant people, and makes me want to avoid this book. ...more
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
"I love you right up to the moon- and back."

I remember reading this book with my mom when I was little. I found it on sale at my bookstore and bought to so I can read it to my future kids. <3

5/5 stars!
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Adorable. Little back and forth about who loves the other more.
At risk of offending, I kind of really hate this smug Daddy trying to compete with his son the whole time. Why is it so important to him to show his son that he's bigger and more powerful (at loving, I know, I know, but the point stands) all the time? Just let the kid love you big and give him right back atcha. How frustrated that little nutbrown hare must feel. I think this is a book for parents not for children. And it's fucking sappy. However, Anita Jeram's illustrations are absolutely lovely ...more
Shirley Revill
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best night time children's stories ever. Beautiful story and illustrations.
Love this children's book. Recommended.
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Small-fry and I have just added the phrase "I love you to the moon and back" to our vocabulary and it makes my cold-icy heart swell a little each time. ...more
Denine Benedetto
Jun 17, 2007 rated it did not like it
I HATE this book. What is the message? No matter what the little bunny tries to do, the father bunny has to one-better it. ARGH. I refuse to read this to my child anymore.
Amelia Rodriguez
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of my favorite childhood books.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How much is much? Little Nutbrown Hare (LNH) thinks he knows but when he relates to Big Nutbrown Hare (BNH) he falls short whatever he does!

LNH is holding on to BNH's long ears as he is being taken to bed and LNH asks BNH if he knows how much he loves him. When BNH says that he couldn't guess how much, LNH stretches his arms out and shows him that the distance between the extremities of each is how much he loves him. Just to show how much he loves LNH, BNH stretches his arms out and says that is
A shot of insulin, please! Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You has lots of saccharine in it—but not to a point it’s cloying, just something that a dreamland-bound kid would surely enjoy. See, there’s no plot of any kind, just a pair of adorable, furry hares (I think they’re father and son) engaging in an equally cute contest on who loves the other more. Anita Jeram’s illustrations are perfectly endearing. I heard there’s a collection of this, and kid or not—geez I just turned twenty!—I’ll ...more
Mar 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
OK--I don't get this book. I just picked it up at a thrift store, feeling like Jackson is probably missing out on a major rite of passage if he doesn't read this as a toddler, but I don't get it. So the big nutbrown hare has to outdo the little nutbrown hare every time? It's a competition, is it? Sure, it's pretty and all, but someone needs to explain to me why this is a classic. Is my Mom card going to be revoked for saying that? ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet story where the big bunny (maybe a daddy bunny?--nice touch as there are relatively few books with dads) and the little bunny try to express how much they love one another. The ending phrase seemed a bit trite but perhaps it's because I have heard the phrase so much now, on everything from t-shirts to wall art, that it seems cliche. Not sure if this book was the first one to use it...? ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cute little book about how much one rabbit loves his child. The drawings were great and the story was simple but I had to laugh at times because it reminded me of ex boyfriend I had. Great book for kids about the meaning of love.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this book to the moon and back. Also I love my mommy as much as the moon and back.
Yes, another bunny book... We loved this one to the moon and back ;)
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet story! The illustrations are adorable too.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was about bunnies showing each other how much they love each other.
It was a very cute book.
They were cute bunnies.
Sophie Crane
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
A delightful book for any small child.
Souma BookAddict

*3.5 stars*

This book is a very cute and happy; it gives a warm feeling to those reading it. The illustrations and the text work very nicely together. I enjoyed reading it with my little cousins.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cutest small children's book ever! ...more
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