LOVE YOU FOREVER BOOK

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Love You Forever is a Canadian picture book written by Robert Munsch and published in It tells the story of the evolving relationship between a boy and . When “Love You Forever” was published in , parents across the country sang its sweet refrain to their children at bedtime. It sold millions. Inspire a love of reading with Prime Book Box for Kids Discover delightful children's books with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1.


Love You Forever Book

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Love You Forever. Written by Robert Munsch. Illustrated by Sheila McGraw. Published by Firefly Books, Listen; download · Download. Love You Forever started. Love You Forever book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. An extraordinarily different story by Robert Munsch is a gentle. A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and I'll love you forever, He pulled all the books off the shelves.

The baby grew.

He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother's watch and flushed it down the toilet. While she rocked him she sang: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be. The little boy grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words.

Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo! But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The boy grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo! But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

That teenager grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. But here's the message I got. I love you because you're my son, but I really don't like you very much. She sees her son as a deviant. If he's not flushing her watch down the toilet at age two, he's swearing in front of his grandma at age 9. She says he drives her crazy and wants to put him in a zoo.

It's when he's asleep, and only when he's asleep, that she can express her affection.

Love You Forever

Why does he have to be asleep for her to do this? View all 39 comments. Feb 23, babyhippoface rated it did not like it Shelves: Do I need to repeat the "grown man" part? We've got breaking-and-entering here, along with the fact that we never once see this woman tell her son she loves him while he is, Okay, I realize I'm in the minority here, and I will admit that the first time I read it I went, "Aww We've got breaking-and-entering here, along with the fact that we never once see this woman tell her son she loves him while he is, oh, I don't know, AWAKE.

There's something she might try. I realize I'm probably reading far too much into a little Robert Munsch rhyming ditty, but it has become so revered by the masses that I feel the need to speak my piece. I'm done now. View all 11 comments. Obviously enough, I'm in the minority here, but this children's book is weird, creepy, disturbing and will probably give me more nightmares than any Stephen King novel ever did.

I'm perfectly fine with the message that mothers respectively parents in general will always love their children and will in most cases - sadly eno Obviously enough, I'm in the minority here, but this children's book is weird, creepy, disturbing and will probably give me more nightmares than any Stephen King novel ever did.

I'm perfectly fine with the message that mothers respectively parents in general will always love their children and will in most cases - sadly enough, there are always exceptions do everything for them to be comfortable. But Robert Munsch simply overexaggerated while portraying this message, and finally made me see a totally different message in this book: That a mother's love justifies stalking her children and entering into their lives in one of the creepiest and most disturbing ways - by climbing a ladder to her son's bedroom, entering the house and picking her son up to rock him back and forth while he's sleeping.

I'm sorry, but this is so weird, I can't even find it funny anymore.

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Yes, the book is meant to be understood metaphorically, the book is supposed to be somehow funny and cute and oh-so-sweet although I only furled my eyebrows in confusion rather than actually laughing. In the beginning, the book was still interesting; everyone can relate to the way children can bring chaos into everything.

But then the mother began to enter her son's room at night. Is it okay to go into your two-year-old son's bedroom while he's sleeping with the intention of admiring him and admitting that you will love him forever?

Yes, it is. I am totally fine with that. Doing so with a nine-year-old son begins to show signs of creepiness, but it's still acceptable.

It isn't acceptable if your son is thirty and has moved on with his own life. You can't just break into his house to admire him, indifferent from how lonely you might feel.

And yes, I understand that this book is not supposed to be taken seriously, and it's not even realistically possible for an old woman to be able to pick up her full-grown son while he's sleeping, but this book pretends it is, so I will too.

There are thousands of better ways to incorporate a message about a mother's love into a book. I wouldn't even consider this one to be a children's book If you want to read a fantastic children's book, then please skip this and read The Velveteen Rabbit instead, which is an absolutely wonderful story.

Or if you want to read two more reviews of "Love You Forever" which I really enjoyed and can whole-heartedly recommend reading, then read this Anne's review or the other Anne's.

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View all 33 comments. Nov 11, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 16 comments. Feb 21, Anne rated it liked it. I'm not feeling the love, but I definitely am feeling the creeps. I get the point - unconditional and everlasting love, hence the three stars. But that's just not how you do it man.

I like what the book is saying, I just don't like how it's saying it. I just can't overlook how disturbin I'm not feeling the love, but I definitely am feeling the creeps. I just can't overlook how disturbing this is. I really couldn't enjoy this book. How do I fall asleep now? Or maybe not. Maybe a lover watching his love sleep is better? But still, mothers creeping across floors and through windows at night, rocking and singing love songs to teenage boys and grown men.

In their sleep. Someone needs a lesson on privacy. And the grown man takes this habit up and suddenly I can foresee it becoming something of a legacy. I love my father, I really do and besides, even my father would agree with me completely. But this Like bloody hell! You want to rock and sing to me? Wait till I am conscious.

View all 47 comments. Jun 12, Alicia Krauchuk Fenton rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just love this book. It is a bit on the "unusual" side, but that is just Munsch for ya. I first read this my Freshman year of college. I cried then and I cry when I read it to my girls. The mother's corniness just adds to the tenderness of the book.

I am touched by the mother's love for her son, the son's love for his mom, and then the son's love to his daughter So simple, so beautiful, so profound!!! I was so inspired I made up a tune for the words to "the song" for my girls. My dad used to sing me a Spanish lullaby when I was a little girl that I sing to my girls and I hope that they will sing to their family.

View 2 comments. Jun 21, Rebecca Collins rated it it was amazing. I love this book My earliest memory of this book is my mom reading this aloud to my two year old self, and crying as she finished the last few pages.

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Now im the one who starts crying whenever i pull the book out and stare at the waterworn pages. Anyone who's read this book knows the words that the mother is constantly saying to her son as he's sleeping- I love you forever I'll like you for always As long as I'm living My baby you'll be. My mom made a tune for those words, and I cant im I love this book My mom made a tune for those words, and I cant imagine those words without the song.

It was my little lullaby when i was younger. View all 9 comments. Jul 09, Dacia rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one - it's depressing. This is the only children's book I've ever read that stuck me as more depressing than "The Giving Tree". My mother gave me a copy just before my son was born. I read it once and promptly lost to book. It's so Yes it's about love, but it seems so unrealistic, and morbid.

I know one day my son will grow up and leave, and I'll get old and die, but I'd rather not dwell on the subject. As a child I found books on this subject ver This is the only children's book I've ever read that stuck me as more depressing than "The Giving Tree". As a child I found books on this subject very distressing. It upset me because then I wasn't ready. When the time to move out actually came and I hit it young, at 15 , I experienced a couple of weeks of intense home sickness, and the promptly go over it.

The actual leaving wasn't nearly as bad as the horrible imaginings I'd had as a small child. To me, books like this make kids focus on the losses of the future, instead of the gains. Yes, the mother is saying "she'll love him forever", but what child with reasonably attentive parents doesn't already know that? The fact that the book shows it as something of a anomoly makes the child or at least ME as a child think there is something REAL to fear in seperation.

Anyway, I know this is a long diatribe about a very short, silly, cute, cuddly children's book, but That's how powrefully upset the book made me. View all 3 comments.

May 08, Kiki rated it it was amazing Shelves: First of all: It means something to me and my own mother, and to be honest, it always makes me a little bleary-eyed and sentimental. So be warned, before you read this review, that it is coming from someone who loves this book for exactly what it is; a beloved childhood relic. My, oh, my. What has happened to childhood innocence? I weep for it. Who finds this books disturbing? What's the matter with you people? Why ruin a preciou First of all: Why ruin a precious childhood memory beloved of generations for a cheap laugh?

This book is for children. It has humor and a deep set of strong values about parental love. It's about a mother always being there for her son and loving him from cradle to grave, because that's what mothers do.

I bought this book for my own mother as a Mother's Day gift and we both adore it. I'm not ashamed to admit that when I read this book it makes me cry. What I find is that people complain that the mother hugs the child apparently hugging your baby is molestation now, according to a few choice reviewers. How sad for future generations of children whose parents will be too afraid to hug them due to this view when he is sleeping what teenager wants to spend the waking day being constantly hugged by his mom in front of his friends?

Don't even lie. Who is reading a perverted connotation into this part of the book, which is supposed to be funny and cute, except for people who have too much time on their hands? This part of the book is there to show that no matter how old you are your mother is always there for you and you should never feel too old to take comfort in her singing you to sleep.

I you think this is 'creepy' but have given Twilight or some such creeper-glorifying garbage a glowing review, rethink what you are doing here. I love this book. It saddens me that people have taken something that is for children and pushed it into the adult mould until it ends up labelled with 'creepy'.

Fine, adults, enjoy it. It's wonderful that a book like this can reach out to people of all ages. Just don't decimate it and pick fault for the sake of a cynical guffaw.

Perhaps come back and trash this book when you have almost lost your mother, and she has almost lost you. Then I will take your plight seriously. Side note: Trolls welcome.

Don't forget to leave a comment! View all 5 comments. May 25, Calista rated it liked it Shelves: I chose to read this book with what it was trying to get across and not literally. It is a weird book to take literally, which could be weird for a child reading it that takes things literally. It might scare the crap out of them. If you take the story as how irritating children are and you love them anyway, no matter what, then it is a great book.

It is weird to see the mother sneak into the kids room at age 9 and rock him, and I think it is supposed to be about the love you have for them. I did I chose to read this book with what it was trying to get across and not literally.

I didn't think the art was all that great either. I did read this to the kids and it didn't seem to bother them too much. It didn't scare them and it didn't really affect them either. I think it's actually more a book for parents. View all 7 comments. Aug 08, Bill rated it did not like it Shelves: It reassures me to see so many people find this book as creepy and loathsome as I do.

I know the lesson we're supposed to learn is that we never stop being the apples of our parents' eyes, but all I ever got out of it was that if you feel at all smothered by your parents, you better get used to it, because it will never end. Also, moms are inherently stalkery. And while I hope that wasn't the authorial intention here, I can't shake the feeling that maybe it really was. Dec 27, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: I cannot read this book to my kids without doing the 'ugly cry,' which, naturally, creeps them out Oct 21, Shaina rated it it was amazing Shelves: You see a little boy grow up and the process repeated.

Second time I have written this review. Also, I think it says something about the toilet. We are going to inevitably to spend a lot of time there. Circle of life. There was a review here wit Edit: There was a review here with dates. Alas POOF! So under renovation. View all 30 comments. Dec 21, Fran rated it really liked it. I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.

A lovely picture book sure to help you think back with some melancholy to the times your children if you have them, of course were little. Also a book I like to give as present to new parents. It seems to help them cope at least momentarily with some of the exasperating behavior of their little ones.

This is one of those rare books that manages to leave you sad but happy, all at the same time. A little I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.

A little ode to the unconditional love between parents and children. Dec 30, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was such a sweet book! Parents of even older children can relate. No matter how old they get, they are still yours and you love them. This books shows that through good times and bad and has such a sweet, tender ending that should touch everyone's heart.

There is one part that is a bit disturbing with the mom even sneaking i This was such a sweet book! There is one part that is a bit disturbing with the mom even sneaking into the "boy's" home when he is an adult to continue so sooth him in his sleep. While the literal sense of this is For me to this day, my mother still calls me her "Munchkin" and has admitted that even having kids of my own I will still be her little girl. No matter what I do or go through she loves me. And that is the message I love about this book.

When I first saw this I half wondered what it was about and hoped it was not about toilet training. Lucky for me I it wasn't. This book is a treasure and a perfect book to read before bed. Try it with your own child! Feb 26, Terri rated it did not like it. One star is too high for this book! I would have given it negative stars if possible. This is a story of a dysfunctional woman who only tells her child she loves him while he's asleep.

He perpetuates the cycle with his daughter. The image of this old mother sneaking into her son's bedroom at night is just too weird, and the thoughts it presages of this man creeping into his teen daughter's bedroom someday are even worse!

There are too many wonderful picture books celebrating familial love to was One star is too high for this book! There are too many wonderful picture books celebrating familial love to waste time on this creepy distortion!

Feb 26, Kate Kerrane rated it did not like it. I continue to struggle with why so many people love this book with a fervor. Okay, it is nice that the son rocks the mother at the end.

And yes, I'm sure that I will always have the feelings that my son is still my little boy who I will want to rock forever. And sure, I understand that the story is supposed to be metaphorical. However, does the mother not understand boundaries? Clearly her son does not want to be rocked as an adolescent and young man and she has to crawl across the floor like a I continue to struggle with why so many people love this book with a fervor.

Clearly her son does not want to be rocked as an adolescent and young man and she has to crawl across the floor like a stalker in the night and sneak into his bed while he is asleep to rock him. Her son finally escapes this woman and her unhealthy clingy ways,and moves into his own house.

He obviously did not give his mother a key to his house or she would not have had to drive across town in the dark of night with a ladder strapped to the top of her car.

She is one strong, dexterous and determined old lady! She risks a broken hip to climb in through his window to rock him?! I also suspect that she's slipping him some sort of sleeping medication at night; how else could he sleep through her attempts to hoist his large body into her frail arms? Also, what is wrong with this relationship that the mother can only acknowledge her love for her son when he is asleep? When he is awake she refers to him as "it" and references his bad and "strange" behavior and repeatedly says, "This kid is driving me crazy!

So in his waking life, her son only experiences his mother's disdain, not the love that she feels when night falls. Family therapy? Come on people, wake up! Don't even get me started on gender stereotypes and how that Giving Tree just gives and gives and never gets anything in return until the boy is a crumpled old man who can't even move! And she should be grateful?

I read this book way before I had kids. I was a student teacher in my first job and I had never read it before. I can't tell you what a rookie mistake that was!!

Oh boy did I cry! I had to leave the room to compose myself. That poem and those words will forever play in my mind: My recommendation is to read it first to yourself before you read it as a bedtime story for your kids.

Sep 06, Carrie Cohen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is by far my absolute favorite book to read to or with my children. The first time, I could barely get through it, I cried so hard! I still get misty eyed everytime I read it. Especially when the grown son carries his mother upstairs and rocks her to sleep.

I have to turn back to the page where grandma takes off in the station wagon, with the ladder hanging over the roof of the vehicle, whilst racing to her sons' house.

That helps soothe the waterworks. Make a mental note to watch how the cat a This is by far my absolute favorite book to read to or with my children.

Make a mental note to watch how the cat ages along with the growing child, too. Jun 06, Penny rated it it was ok Shelves: I really liked this book when I was a teenager reading it to a room full of 2-year-olds I worked at a daycare when I was in HS. The kids really liked it, and when you discover something that causes a room full of toddlers to sit still for more then a minute you embrace it. Admittedly, as a teen, there were times when I would get a little choked up reading Love You Forever--teenage me was a bit of a sap.

Now this book just weirds me out. I'm a mother of three. On the surface this is a I really liked this book when I was a teenager reading it to a room full of 2-year-olds I worked at a daycare when I was in HS. On the surface this is a cute, sentimental, sob-inducing children's book.

But when you look deeper--I know it's a kids book, but still, work with me here--you find a semi-creepy relationship between mother and son. Don't get me wrong, I completely relate to what the young mother is going through--kids kinda suck when they're little, which is why God made them cute. There are nights when my husband and I gaze at our sleeping angels and smile. With relief--because the adorable little monsters, whom we love very much, are finally asleep.

Sleeping kids are great. They look so innocent and sweet, not likely to play in toilets, draw on walls, ask 'why? And so on. I can see why a mother would take a sleeping little angel in her arms and tell him that she "loves him forever, she loves him for always. As long as she's living, her baby he'll be. There is a chance I have done that, just so you know. But at some point boundaries need to be put in place. Look at the pictures on her walls after the boy grows up and moves away.

They are all of the boy. No friends, no family. No relationships with anyone else. Just the boy--That's it. Kinda sad, don't you think? Plus, when you get married, you let go of your parents.

And in return, your parents cut the apron strings. Sure they totally still love you but, like I said earlier: So, while the idea of the aging mom driving across town and sneaking into her married son's house in order to cuddle with him, is sort of a cute one, it's also really creepy--Again, I totally know this is a kids book, but still.

My point is: Her life shouldn't revolve so entirely around her child. That's just unhealthy for both the mother and the child.Do you think the boy loved the mother, but just was too embarrassed to say? A child who experiences love through a parental figure will be more likely to pass this on to their children.

He left home and got a house across town. Enlarge cover. Inspired by this, Joey later decides to recite the book as a dramatic monologue at an audition.

Because she does , and it makes everything she says 10x more hilarious. Why, you ask?