Sam McBratney, author of more than one hundred books and scripts, is known the world over for his best-selling family classic GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. Sam became a teacher and taught at a further education college, a grammar school and a primary school. He took early retirement from the teaching profession to concentrate on his career as a writer. Sam is married with three grown-up children and a tortoise, and lives in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Anita Jeram was born and brought up in Portsmouth. Anita worked in a variety of jobs after leaving school (in a factory and a kennel) before doing a foundation course in Visual Studies at Manchester Polytechnic. Anita is best known as an illustrator of children’s storybooks, particularly the modern classic GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, which was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award.
Guess How much I Love You
Sam attributes the success of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU to four things that came together in the creation of the book. He explains, ‘First: yes, in the beginning is the word. The words are simple, direct, and true. The words came first. Secondly, the drawings. There’s a gangly awkwardness, a boneyness, about hares, that Anita Jeram has captured, and with such a lovely soft palette. She has also perfectly caught throughout the intimacy between a big one and a wee one. Thirdly, the design. Such thought has gone into the whole package. My two favourite aspects of design are the lettering of the cover, which for me has a quaint old-fashioned feel, and also the half-title page. This is where Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare are looking out at you. “We’re off on a journey,” they seem to be saying. “Are you coming with us?”Fourthly, those who brought the book to the marketplace.’
Word about this remarkable picture book continues to spread. GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU has gone on to sell over 28 million units and has been translated into 53 languages.