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An extraordinarily different story by Robert Munsch is a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child--forever. Sheila McGraw's soft and colorful pastels perfectly complement the sentiment of the book--one that will be read repeatedly for years.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Firefly Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Kristine
Love you forever, Stalk you for always . . . .

Ok, I don't want to get any hate mail from this review . . . let me say first that I understand this is an allegory about unconditional love between parent/child . . . but does this book come off a little creepy to anyone else?

1) It starts out ok . . . but about the time the kid gets to be a teenager I just start to feel uncomfortable. Would I be ok with my mom slipping into my teenage brothers' rooms while they're sleeping to cuddle and sing a lov...more
Scott
Nov 14, 2007 Scott rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Creepy People
Shelves: children
I didn't hate this book because it was too sappy. I like sappy sometimes. Here's what I didn't like about the book.

Where do I even begin? How about the cover? The cover makes it look like it's some sort of book about potty training or something. Awful choice.

Secondly the illustrations are hideous. Simply hideous.

Now lets talk about the writing. Repetitive and long-winded. "I'll like you for always" is just a terrible phrase.

The overall general creepiness is another reason I didn't like this bo...more
Floyd
Does this storybook creep the fuck out of anyone else?? I remember my mother reading this to my younger brother and years later to my nephew and it gave me chills every single time she'd sing that "love you forever" part.

It's basically the literary equivalent of that Psycho prequel with Henry Thomas. That's exactly what this book is...training wheels for your toddler to grow up as Norman Bates. You want your adult son coming in and picking you up from your deathbed to rock you in his arms and s...more
Patrick
Hey parents, do you want to read a children's book that will make you cry uncontrollably from the third page all the way to the end of the book?

Well look no further, this is the book for you.

Honestly? It's a very sweet book. But get ready to do all the crying while your little kid looks up at you, with an expression that says, "Seriously dad, what the fuck? Do you need a tissue or something?"


babyhippoface
Okay, I realize I'm in the minority here, and I will admit that the first time I read it I went, "Aww... she loves her baby." But then I actually thought about it, and was completely freaked out by this book. This woman USES A LADDER TO CLIMB INTO HER GROWN SON'S WINDOW, PICKS HIM UP OUT OF BED AND HOLDS HIM WHILE HE SLEEPS. 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,...more
Alicia Krauchuk Fenton
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. It's the intergenerational, unconditional love of mother/son and then father/daughter that I feel a strong connection with. 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...a breat...more
Rebecca Collins
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. 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...more
Dacia
Dec 04, 2009 Dacia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one - it's depressing
Shelves: youngchildrens
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. I don't think I could EVER read it to my son. It's so.... well.. sorta twisted. 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...more
Bill
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.
Carrie Cohen
Sep 06, 2007 Carrie Cohen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any parent
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...more
Terri
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...more
Kira
First of all: this book will always have a special place in my heart. 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.

Gee. My, oh, my. What has happened to childhood innocence? I weep for it.

Who finds this books disturbing? Really? What's the matter with you people? Why ruin a preciou...more
Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
I don't know how to rate this star-wise because I really can see how creepy (a common word in reviews for it I've noticed) and over-sentimental it is, but I can also see how sincere and profoundly universal its message is. Two sides, same coin...for me.

I stumbled upon a review of this in which Michelle called it creepier than American Psycho which made me laugh and subsequently click on the book to check it out further. Then I suddenly recognized the book from my childhood and remembered my mot...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
ok... i have to admit when i first read this, i was fully engulfed in post partum hormonal mayhem. thus, i sobbed.
i broke this out last night to read to my son (who is now almost 3) and while the story is still touching, it's a little creepy when the mom drives across town - in the middle of the night - to hold her 40 year old son on her lap and sing to him. hmm??? did his wife find that okay? cause that would warrant a serious conversation, possibly the delivery of some divorce papers. "look h...more
Penny
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. Remember: I'm a mother of three.

On the surface this is a...more
Duchess Nicole
Boy, I'm a softie when it comes to kid's books. I can't even read this one out loud to my kids because I cry like a baby. Good thing they are willing to read it to me still. I remember reading this when I was a kid and it made an impact on me back then. The book is a whimsical explanation of just how much parents love their kids, and the power that comes with loving someone is how they love you back. Love is it's own reward in regards to parenthood...Great for kids of all ages, I'd think!!
Mary Beth
I read this book every year to my Kindergartners--haven't made it through yet without crying! It's a great book to give to a new mom or dad. So different from the rest of Munch's silly books--same structure, though. I gave this book to my mom for mothers' day some years ago when I was young and really broke--but it was a great gift--she loved it!
Kate Kerrane
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...more
Josh
shudder... eeeeh... bshhrrr... gggggh...
Steph Sinclair
I randomly thought about this book today, as I usually do every once in a while. My mom, awesome lady that she is, fueled my passion for books at a young age and this was one of the many books she purchased for me. Out of all of the books I owned as a kid, this is the one that I remember the best and read the most. It's been YEARS, maybe over 15, since I've read it and I still have vivid memories of reading this and crying.

In fact, I think this was the first book EVER that gave me all the feels....more
elissa
This book makes me cry every single time I read it. A friend gave it to me when my oldest son was born, and a parent educator that taught a class that I took when both of my kids were babies had made up a little tune to the song. She sang it at "storytime" during every class. I don't think the mom in the book is "creepy" like some people do. I see this more as magical realism, not that it's trying to advocate that people actually climb in their grown children's windows.
Dottie
Dec 14, 2008 Dottie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: 1967-1997
This is one of the absolute worst books aimed at children that I've ever had the misfortune to encounter. It is a sick message rather than the cozy, warm and loving one purported. I've never recommended it in the decade since I first heard it read to a class with which I worked as an aide and never shall. The idea that a parent is always a parent and will love a child is okay as far as it goes but there are many side tangents to that concept and this book is not a good choice for relaying the un...more
Skylar Burris
This is supposed to be a touching children’s story, a tale of family love that comes full circle in a bitter-sweet irony, but, frankly, I found it to be…creepy. I get what it was going for, but the sentimental effect is kind of lost when we go from loving mom of infant and toddler to weirdly obsessed stalker mom of teenager and adult. There's a great country song that communicates the idea this was going for (and failed to convey). I can't remember what it's called, but it's about a son who is g...more
Rachel Jessen
We discovered this book when my oldest was in kindergarten. The teacher read it near Mother's Day. I was in the class that day, and it was all I could do to keep from crying right there in class.
Now, whenever my kids feel they need some cuddles, they bring the book to me, along with a kleenex or two. True story.
Monica!
I would have given this five stars, but I was crying too hard to clearly see the rating bar....

___ Update 07/19/11 ____

Dammit, someone pointed out to me today that this book is every child's nightmare, as it features a crazed uberprotective mother who is unable to just let go already, and who also has trouble expressing her overwhelming Psycho-ish love during the day, in front of the recipient, and therefore must sneak across town in the middle of the night to climb into her grown son's house li...more
Rayni
I loved this book. As a mother, your children are always your babies. When they are asleep you can see their innocence & wonder why the childish or teenage angst is so exhausting. And glad to have the respite of sleep. I certainly hope my sons will love me forever, but I doubt very much that they will go out of their way to nurture me in my old age. Trying to be superhuman & care for an aging mother & a son on the autistic spectrum is also exhausting. Sometimes I would like to pick m...more
Sondra Santos
I too received this book as a gift to share with my child. I cannot stand the whole premise of this book. Do you think children are comforted by the idea of someone (even mom) entering their bedroom (or house) while they're asleep?

If you want a book about undying love and generations passing down a family song - keep searching.

Creepy. Very creepy. No stars whatsoever.
Suzanne Moore
Although written for children, at their stage in life I LOVE YOU FOREVER, by Robert Munsch, may not hold as much sentimental value as it does for adults. This story’s message means more with age, because it makes us aware of the passing of time. One day the child is gone, and parents realize how true the saying was, ‘they grow up so fast.’ After visiting his feeble mother, the son now grown with a baby daughter of his own, pauses at the top of the stairs. Here adults relate to what he is thinkin...more
Jason
childhood memories that get sadder as you get older....



We all feel it, don't lie to yourself. The danger of age is inherently part of self and part of love ones. This is a dangerous linear sequence of though: your love ones will die, and this create this internal insecurity suggesting you will too two. the weight of this is diminished, a hidden sometimes gnawing little voice inside your head, but for the most part it imparts little on your life, and remains hidden. It comes out, though, when yo...more
midnightfaerie
Once I picked this up from the library, I realized we had read this book before a long time ago and I remember having mixed feelings about it. This time reading it was no exception. I understand the sentiment of holding your child as it grows and showing it love, as I have 3 boys myself. However, a mother driving across town in the middle of the night to sneak into her full grown son's bedroom to hold him and sing to him at night is a little creepy. Still, the children aren't old enough to under...more
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Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Chil...more
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“I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be.”
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I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.”
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