Sam McBratney, author of the children’s classic “Guess How Much I Love You,” has passed away at the age of 77.
Its publisher Walker Books announced, Monday, that the author, who was born in Belfast, had passed away on September 18th.
The tale of two brown bunnies, trying to express their affection for each other, has become a classic children’s story.
The book is best remembered because it ends with the phrase “I love you to the moon and back”.
The children’s illustrated book, first published in 1994, has been translated into more than 57 languages and has sold over 50 million copies worldwide.
Sequel to Guess How I Love You – Will You Be My Friend? – It will be published later this month.
A beautiful person
McBratney, who graduated from Trinity College Dublin, was a teacher before becoming a full-time writer.
He was the author of more than 50 books, but is best known for his story of the cute coconut bunnies.
Karen Lutz, managing director of Walker Books, described McBarney as “a very beautiful human being”.
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“You can recognize his voice in an instant,” said Ms. Lutz. “He was an exceptionally talented word maker and always knew exactly what the children would enjoy hearing.”
“His legacy of kindness and humor will lighten and continue his stories,” she added.
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