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I Will Love You Forever

(Tyrannosaurus #4)

2.97  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A female Maiasaura finds a lost egg in the forest and decides to look after it with her own egg. Surprisingly, a baby Tyrannosaurus hatches from the egg. The greathearted mother accepts and raises him as her own son, Heart. One day, Heart goes to pick berries and comes across another Tyrannosaurus. The foster son of the Maiasaura discovers his real identity. The fourth tit ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Museyon
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This is another of Miyanishi's message books for children, written and illustrated in a style I find harsh and violent.

In this one, a peaceful Maiasaura mother finds a small egg left in the forest after a storm. She rescues it because "If that nasty Tyrannosaurus finds it, he will eat it."

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Fair enough. Of course, she's startled when it hatches and is a baby Tyrannosaurus! She takes the baby back to the spot where she found it, but the baby calls her, and what new mother could resist the pul
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children Who Enjoy Anthropomorphic Dinosaur Tales / Tatsuya Miyanishi Fans
Japanese author/artist Tatsuya Miyanishi, whose series of prehistoric picture-books manage to explore some very human issues in dinosaur form, returns in this fourth title featuring the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex. When a mother Maiasaura finds an abandoned egg, she takes it into her care, worried it might be eaten by a passing Tyrannosaurus. Imagine here surprise when the egg hatches, and the newborn baby is a T-Rex himself! Initially seeking to abandon the infant, her mother's heart simply can' ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
When a mother Maiasaura finds an egg in the forest, she takes it home and looks after it with her own egg. When the eggs hatch, she has a baby Tyrannosaurus on her hands. At first, she takes him back to the forest, but can't leave him there when she hears his cries. She brings him home and raises him as her own son naming him Heart. Heart thinks he is a Maiasaurus, eats berries, and is frightened of the stories he hears about Tyrannosaurus. When Heart goes to collect berries one day, he comes up ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won't lie: this book shocked me out of my freaking mind.

Like, however could a children book written that way?
A thing about this book is, it's written in a very matter of fact, weirdly realistic way. I mean of course, there's some nonsense in it, what kind of children book that doesn't?
But I think what this book try to convey is, there will always be some ending that wasn't happy, and that's life.

That being said, I still really really would like to read more of this series! The art is so cu
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I liked how this story started, with its message of acceptance and love despite our differences; but I felt like the ending let me down with that message? I actually really thought it was cute until the very end when it came off like Heart was forced to pick between the family that raised him, and the one that birthed him. I don’t know, I just didn’t feel like the message ended up being very positive, like it was probably supposed to be.

I received a copy of this story from Netgalley in exchange
Tatsuya has written a series of dinosaur books, cute, but rather odd. I keep thinking we are losing something in the translation. This one is the story of an adopted egg, who is raised as a vegetarian, but who finds out that he is really a TRex, and eats meet. Other reviewers have said that it shows how strong adoptive love is, but I didn't see that. Some have said it shows how strong love is. Didn't quite see that either. It is a cute story of mother love, but has an odd abrupt ending.

Thanks to
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is a total downer.
Wayne McCoy
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
'I Will Love You Forever' by Tatsuya Miyanishi is a book I chose to review not knowing what to expect. With it's cover featuring a frightening looking dinosaur, I suspected it might be a parody. I was pleasantly surprised by a sweet story that had a confusing ending.

A female Maiasaura finds an unusual and abandoned egg. She takes it to look after. When it hatches, a baby Tyrannosaurus is born. The Maiasaura are herbivore, but the new baby is definitely a carnivore. The mother names him Heart. Ca
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, the ending blew me away. You never see that sort of thing in a children's book. Very realistic and layered and ripe with opportunities for discussion. There are a few comments about it being a book to share with adoptive kids, but I didn't see it that way. I saw it as a very specific story about a very specific family with insights related to their story in particular. Identity is a tricky thing. I think it's better for kids to not gloss it over but to address it as soon as they can grasp i ...more
Janis Kay
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Stars

This is cute, but know that this is a translated version and also that it doesn't have a typical western ending. So, if you think it's weird/strange, it's actually just different and that's a good thing:)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
I dug the art style, and it's good to see characters wrestling with emotions (especially male characters, since we're largely trained to believe that there is only one emotion: anger), but something about it left me thinking "That was fine."

I'd be curious to see how it reads in the original Japanese.
Emily May
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, arc, 2017
I'm not sure I understand where the author was going with this. The blurb said it was a story about adoption and throughout there seemed to be a moral to it -- one that disappeared with the ending. It's definitely a tearjerker, but I'm not sure what message this is sending to adopted kids.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is so...dark and in a bad way for a kid's book. I'm not even sure what it was trying to accomplish. I can't even tell you what the moral or message was. It was just traumatic all around.
Christina Reid
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Tenderly she held her own egg and the egg that she had found.

“Hatch soon and be healthy,” she whispered.

I originally came across this series in Japan, where it is very popular. When I was teaching in the international school where I worked, I led the early years bilingual (English-Japanese) programme. Despite speaking Japanese to a fairly-high level, I often found reading children’s books quite tricky because of the language used (e.g. Have you ever heard someone call a fire engine a nee naw? et
Maureen Lubitz
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I Will Love You Forever is a picture book in Tatsuya Miyanishi’s Tyrannosaurus series. My girls have enjoyed reading the other books in this series, so I was looking forward to sharing it with them.

The story begins with a female Maiasaura finding an egg in the forest. She brings it home to her own egg, and sits on both eggs until they hatch. She is a
Sharon Tyler
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I Will Love you Forever is a picturebook by Tatsuya Miyanishi, which is currently scheduled for release on June 1 2017. A female Maiasaura finds a lost egg in the forest and decides to look after it with her own egg. Surprisingly, a baby Tyrannosaurus hatches from the egg. The greathearted mother accepts and raises him as her own son, Heart. One day, Heart goes to pick berries and comes across another Tyrannosaurus. The foster son of the Maiasaura discovers his real identity. The fourth title in ...more
Jena's  Book Blog
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
A female maiasaura dinosaur find a tyrannosaurus egg while she is gathering berries one day and takes it home. She raises the baby she calls Heart as her own. While I thought this book was going to have a deep and meaningful message for adopted children, I ended up feeling the exact opposite. I'm honestly really not sure what message the story had and I feel like children will end up being confused. If they are young enough and just want to read the book because of the dinosaurs, I think it woul ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and was excited when I saw a new one coming out. This is the 4th book translated into English of the popular Japanese Tyrannosaurus series. It is a picture book with delightful art which definitely has a unique style. The dinosaurs are ugly but in a cute way. This doesn't appear to be about the TRex from the other books, but I'm wondering if this is his origin story and he is the baby found in the forest by an herbivorous dinosaur mother. The themes are pretty strong and the e ...more
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Sheena-kay Graham
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A touching story about love, adoption, acceptance and sacrifice told through dinosaurs. I must say for a short read this left me quite emotional. Both writer and artist know the right words and images to draw out the reader. Even single parent issues and brotherhood are touched on this book. The art will definitely be great for kids and adults can read this to children without being bored or annoyed by childish language or cliches. Highly recommend for small children, parents, and picture book e ...more
mary dewley
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book did not translate well. Messy and incoherent story about a Maiasaura who finds a Tyrannosaurus Rex egg and raises it from birth. Towards the end of the story, there are allusions to "Empire Strikes Back" and it was just way too corny and non-humorous. Too much yellow on every page till its blinding and you need sunglasses. The dinosaurs look like cactus and amoebas that were done in Crayola marker!
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, kidlit, graphics
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely love this series and it often makes me cry. This book was no exception. To be perfectly honest, I almost felt devastated at the end of the book- but at the same time I absolutely loved it. I desperately want to know what exactly happened to Heart, but it seems like you are supposed to wonder so you consider all the possibilities.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am unsure as to how to rate this book. Possibly something is lost in translation. The description states this is a 'heartwarming story' but I am not sure that is entirely true. I felt like crying as I read, so it does evoke emotion, but my reaction to the ending was not 'heartwarming'. I don't know how to describe how I felt. There was love, but also angst, anger, sorrow, heartbreak. Is that heartwarming?

Would I read this to my young child? No.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book very odd. It started off as a book about acceptance regardless of one's appearance but by the end I felt the story had taken a turn and was about not fitting in so running away... it also has quite an abrupt ending which I found strange.

Thanks to Netgalley and Museyon Inc.
Donna Mork
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bitter sweet book. A dinosaur finds a t-rex egg, raises it as her own. The baby t-rex meets a real t-rex and doesn't believe he can be one of them. The mother who raised him loves him. One day he leaves and never returns. She finds her favorite berries in the spot where she found the egg and she still loves her t-rex where ever he is. Sad.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ooof. What could be a good jumping off point for discussions of adoption and identity (a baby tyrannosaurus is adopted by a maiasaur mom, and raised as a maiasaura) takes a sad turn and does not have a happy ending. This could well be the truth of many such stories, but it's a shock in a children's picture book. Ouch, my heart.
I really liked so much about this book on families being those you are born into and those you are loving brought into. However, I'm not really sure how I feel about the ending. It felt very abrupt and might upset a child.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, dinosaurs
A Maiasaura raises and egg that turns out to be a Tyrannosaurus, but she raises it anyway. Cute, weird, and touching all at the same time.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Got the message it was trying to send, but took a crazy dark turn.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pbf-general
The illustrations are quite garish.
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Born in 1956, Tatsuya Miyanishi graduated from the Nihon University College of Art and was a doll artist and graphic designer before becoming a picture-book author. Miyanishi's books have a passionate fan base of all ages that enjoys his range of endearing characters in many genres, from superheroes to dinosaurs, all illustrated with bright colors. He has won the Kodansha Cultural Award for Pictur ...more

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