'Guess How Much I Love You' children's book author Sam McBratney dead at 77

Sam McBratney, the Irish author of the bestselling children’s book “Guess How Much I Love You,” died last week.He was 77.The 1994 illustrated book, about Little Nutbrown Hare, Big Nutbrown Hare and their expressions of love, has sold more than 47 million copies and has been translated into 57 languages around the world since its publication.Its companion book, “Will You Be My Friend?,” is set to be published next week.“Sam McBratney was a profoundly lovely human being,” Karen Lotz, group managing director of Candlewick’s parent company Walker Books Group, said in a statement Monday.“You could …

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