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Guess How Much I Love You Big Book

(Little Nutbrown Hare)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  117,290 ratings  ·  1,643 reviews
This bestselling storybook--a Publishers Weekly Best Book, an American Bookseller Best Book of the Year, and a Booklist Editors' Choice--is now available in this extra-sized read-aloud picture book. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Candlewick (first published 1988)
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Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
G Miller
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Really nice bedtime book.
Mike Spinak
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Adorable. Little back and forth about who loves the other more.
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Shirley Revill
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best night time children's stories ever. Beautiful story and illustrations.
Love this children's book. Recommended.
Amelia Rodriguez
Definitely one of my favorite childhood books.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was about bunnies showing each other how much they love each other.
It was a very cute book.
They were cute bunnies.
Airiz C
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
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
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...?
✩ Ashley ✩
5 Stars

“. . . 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.
Yes, another bunny book... We loved this one to the moon and back ;)
Denine Benedetto
Jun 17, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book to the moon and back. Also I love my mommy as much as the moon and back.
Mar 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?
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.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Simple, but it's a cute and effective book to read to children. The illustrations accompany the words with a charming appeal. Of course, who grows tired of cute illustrated rabbits? No one, that's who.
Camdyn Dahman
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is so sweet and cute you all of you guys out there should read this book young and old.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
We read this to our first newborn in 1999 and to all of our children since.
3/2/2018 Read with Julia.
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
Elaine Mullane
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books, 2017

I don't think I know any new parent who doesn't have this little gem in their baby library. In fact, I buy it as a little token to add in with any gift I buy for a new baby - it's is such a wonderful book!

Guess How Much I Love You has been around for over 2o years now and its impact has been huge. It is the heart-warming story of two Nutbrown Hares, Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. The two are never stated to be father and son in the original storybooks, though we assume them to be
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The Northern Ireland native 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 ...more

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