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Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
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Sep 01, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: childrens
Read in September, 2010

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 guided by his father and then must guide his father in old age.

One note - a child may possibly find the whole rocking the older kid / teenager / adult thing funny rather than creepy, because of the incongruity. If it seemed aimed at funny, I might have thought it so; but it seemed aimed at touching, and so just came off disturbing.
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rivka Yes! Yes! Oh, someone who agrees with me, at last!

I have been told that I am sick and heartless for saying much the same thing.

Skylar Burris Oh my, sick and heartless. LOL. Even my daughter had an initially - if not disturbed - at least confused reaction to the story. We got to the page where she is rocking the teenager, and she shook her head and said, "She can't do that! He's too big!"

rivka Ha! Good for her.

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