It’s been twenty five years since Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You entered our hearts, and now the classic story illustrated by Anita Jeram is getting a sequel. Candlewick Press and Walker Books have announced the newest book to be released Sept. 29, 2020.

Will You Be My Friend? reunites both McBratney and Jeram and beloved characters Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. The book follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, which has sold more than forty seven million copies worldwide.

In the story, Little Nutbrown Hare sets off on his own and finds himself at Cloudy Mountain, where he finds a new friend. A story about independence and friendship, it’s perfect for all ages.

Walker Books Group president and publisher Karen Lotz says of the new book, “This tale of first friendship is the perfect next step (hop!) for Guess fans around the world, a universal story sure to become as much of a beloved read-aloud as its predecessor. A picture book about friendship, created by two masters of the form, seems especially welcome as we search for new ways to stay connected to loved ones near and far.”

––Karly Wood

All photos: Courtesy of Candlewick Press



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