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I was saddened to hear that Sam McBratney, author of ‘Guess How Much I Love You’, has died. His most popular book was first published when my daughters were three and five, the perfect age, and it was one of our bedtime favourites.

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‘Guess How Much I Love You’ also means a lot to me because it inspired me to write picture books. Its simple message of family love, enhanced by Anita Jeram’s charming illustrations, made me think I’d like to write something similar. It led to the character of Little Fox, brought to life by Rosalind Beardshaw in my first book, ‘My Little Star’ (later reissued as ‘Daddy’s Little Star’).

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With their endearing, gangly limbs and countryside stomping grounds, Little Nutbrown Hare and Little Fox are cousins, of a kind. I could imagine the two illustrators, Anita Jeram and Rosalind Beardshaw, linking the characters arm-in-arm and sending them off to play together, fast friends.

And on the theme of friendship, Sam McBratney has left a parting gift. Today (29th September) sees the launch of his and Anita Jeram’s new picture book, ‘Will You Be My Friend’, where Little Nutbrown Hare makes friends with a little snow-white hare. It’s available on the ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ website, alongside lots of fun, downloadable activities for young Little Nutbrown Hare fans.


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7 thoughts on “My Blog

  1. I love your books!! I only have the answer to one of these about the spiders. The second picture: Night, Light, Sleep Tight on the page where Jack with the other ducklings are sleeping in their little nest with the beautiful stars around them! – no page numbers, but the second last page of your book. I love the bug on the opposite page too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Nikita, and well done for spotting the spider in the nest in Night, Light, Sleep Tight. I was just about to close this competition, so I am very happy to declare you the sharp-eyed winner! If you would like to send me your mailing address via my ‘Contact’ page, I’ll post a copy of the My Little Star boardbook to you.


  2. Dear Janet, I have received your LOVELY books today and the very special card! Thank you for the second book, it’s very special! I will definitely look out for that elusive second spider! 🙂 Thank you very much!! xx

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  3. I have spiders in my class and the children are always so scared of them – I tell them why they are there and now we have spider pets in our class. 🙂 I showed them the books today, they were over the moon and loved your stories!

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