Weekend Review: A Book I love to Hate

In case you were thinking I’m a boring, fuddy dud momma who stays at home and has very little life.. oh wait, I am… I thought I’d at least try to write an entertaining book review. Instead of sharing a great book that I love, I thought I’d start with a book I hate.

Love you Forever by Robert Munsch is the story of love between a mother and son. Her toddler son tests her patience all day (I can relate) but every evening, she puts him to bed singing, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” As he grows up and they have their mother/son ups and downs, she continues to sneak into his room at night and sing this song to him.
Seriously, this should be a good book. It has a great repetitious rhyme. It has a good message. It was written by a great author who wrote other books I like.
However, It’s a little bit unbelieveable. I mean, what preteen or teenage boy lets his momma rock him to sleep? I think this was written for the benefit of the momma’s out there!
And, this book totally freaks me out.
Why does the mom have to climb up a ladder into her grown son’s bedroom window to rock him? Is his wife not ok with her MIL intruding on them? Let me just say, if I woke up to my MIL rocking my husband in our bedroom, I wouldn’t sleep for a year!!
So that’s all I have to say about that. Well, not really. You see, I did a little research on this book and I found out that the song in the book was written by the author for his two children who were born stillborn. And then I felt guilty. And then I wanted to go to confession… but I’m not catholic.
BUT, while I was on his site, I discovered a treasure trove of his books with audio. Mr. Munsch is a goofy looking authory guy but man, he can tell a story. When I heard him read “Roar!”, I was laughing OUT LOUD! I could just picture my nephew Alex being the boy in that story. I think that’s what makes his books great, they are inspired by real children.
So, I think we all have our own opinions, and I’m sorry but I still am freaked out by Love you Forever.. However, please, do yourself a favor and head to this website and check out some of Robert Munsch’s other books.
And in the meantime, tell me… what book do you love to hate???


  1. Anonymous says

    I’ll see if I can post this anonomously so as not to hurt any feelings :) My MIL gave the above mentioned book to my husband for a Christmas gift one year. I think it might have been the second or third year we were married. She gave a copy to his brother as well who was probably around 18 years old at the time. Of course, the two grown men just looked at it like okay, whatever and didn’t say much which I think hurt her feelings because she thought they would cry and say how much they loved her. She wrote a message in the front to them. So yes, the book does freak me out a little because I think my MIL was wishing she could come live with us and rock my husband to sleep every night. But now that I have two boys, I understand how hard it will be to let go although I hope to be able to do just that.
    I can’t really think of a book I hate but there are some of Nick’s dinosaur books that I probably do hate. When he picks those for me to read at night, I literally grown out loud. They are so long and boring and he knows if I skip words. LOL!
    Good post, Jackie!

  2. Karen says

    Someone gave us this book. I agree, it freaks me out. I thought it was strange. It was cute until you get to the teen/adult part.

    My mil has had a seriously hard time letting my husband go. She was beyond clingy and demanding. It has made my husband, his father, myself, and I believe, many just on the periphery, very uncomfortable. I felt this book could have been written by her. It scares me a bit.

    Jackie, on a more positive note, we are often in the city park hopping. Would you look to join us sometime? I am a member of the Botanical Gardens. As a result, we end up there often. They have a great kids area. Let me know if you are interested. We can be a bit spontaneous but we have a great time!

  3. says

    First, thanks for stopping by my blog! It is nice to hear from people who have been there (done that) and survived.

    Second, what a great idea for a site! I used to be an instructional coach this book drives me (and am a teacher “on leave”). I can’t wait to read more!

    Finally I think this book is nuts. I am so sorry to hear the story behind it and that does make me feel a little bad about hating it so much. The idea of my MIL climbing into my window at night or WORSE, me climbing into my son’s window (when he is grown) just is creepy!

    Mommy C

  4. Christina says

    Jackie, I was laughing out loud reading this post. We were given 2 copies of it for William, and when I first read it after he was born, I was hormonal and emotional, and I bawled my eyes out every time. Marcus pointed out the odd nature of the mother climbing the ladder into her son’s bedroom. I also thought it a little strange that she had to call him to come see her when she became old and frail. Thanks for that background, too!