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Love You Forever Paperback – Picture Book, Feb. 1 1992

4.9 out of 5 stars 36,039 ratings

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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. (NutSpace 2019-03-28)

There's a reason why Love You Forever is still on the bestseller list 24 years after its release. (Darcy Matheson Daily Hive 2019-04-26)

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. (Book Fairies Vancouver 2019-04-08)

One of my all-time favorites. I cry every time I read it.... [The book] is a beautiful script about parenthood, a poignant parable about life and death, a testimony to when the roles of child and parent become blurry. The story reminds you that no matter how grown up you are, you're always someone's child; that no matter how "adult" you are, you're never too old to be loved by your parents. It makes me appreciate even more how my mother still calls me and my brother (despite us being 32- and 22-years-old, respectively) by our childhood nicknames, Pussycat and Tchotchke (Yiddish for "knickknack"). Pigeonholing this as a children's book is like saying "Romeo & Juliet" is merely a cautionary tale about drug abuse. I dare anyone to read this story and not shed at least one tear by the end. It's even more poignant when you learn that Munsch wrote the book as a memorial to two still-born children he and his wife had in 1979 and 1980. (Dana Lenetz Forbes 2010-04-20)

Our No. 1 Favorite, 50 Great Children's Books (Susan Belkapp, Maggie Beidelman and Craig Reem OC Family)

There are certain books about a parent's unconditional love for a child that are timeless--and this is one of them. (Baltimore's Child 2010-01-20)

The one book that has the most meaning to me. (David Maloof Boston Globe 2002-09-15)

There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child. (Shelley Fralic National Post 2006-05-15)

No one can read this without the tears falling. (Sharon Owen Madera Tribune 2003-05-08)

The best of Munsch's many storybooks... it'll give you a new song to sing... and maybe a bit of perspective down the road. (Leanne Dohy Calgary Herald 2003-09-25)

The starting point for a first-rate library for your grandchildren... a tender ode to the life cycle of a family. (John Lownsbrough Outlook Magazine)

Sentimental story that has long been a favorite gift at baby showers. (Karen T.Bilton Bridgewater Courier News 2005-04-26)

This best-selling classic of a parent's enduring love is available in a gift edition: slipcased with a laminated box and a clothbound book. (BookPage)

A humorous, sentimental page-turner that rarely -- let's say never -- leaves a reader with a dry eye. (Gayle MacDonald Globe and Mail 2005-12-01)

My children and I enjoyed it, night after night, for years... It is a charmer. The simple story touches the heart. (Jeith L. Runyon Louisville Courier-Journal 2005-11-13)

#5 on Instructor's "Teachers Pick the Top 50 Kids Books Ever", chosen by 200 teachers, authors, and children's literature experts. (Instructor 2006-11-01)

Robert Munsch's beloved tale is gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for her child -- forever. Nurtured by the unconditional love of his parent, a boy grows happily through the stages of childhood to become, in turn, a loving adult. (BookPage 2008-01-04)

This book is beyond emotional. I dare any mother out there, or any child with an aging parent, to read this story and not have a lump in your throat... Should definitely be apart of your child's book collection. (community.cafelibri.com 2010-07-01)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Firefly Books; Illustrated edition (Feb. 1 1992)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0920668372
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0920668375
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 109 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.32 x 0.33 x 20.32 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 36,039 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic - Makes you Cry Every time
By Ryan on January 16, 2020
An incredible classic that will crush you every time you read it. If you’re trying to instill the sentiment that you will always love your little one through thick and thin while also making them wonder why mommy and daddy cry so much while reading a children’s book then this is the book for you.

Seriously though I think this book is a required addition to anyone’s library.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Get this book out of my house ASAP
By Someone on September 30, 2020
This book is grossly unsettling. I started off reading it outloud to my daughter and had to stop once I got to the third page. The book gave me chills as if I was reading a curse outloud! Please pray for discernment parents, just because over 14 thousand ppl purchased this book DOES NOT MAKE IT A GOOD BOOK. The illustrations are so off to me. The mother creeps into the baby's room and stares at him wide eyed and does so again and again in every page. In one page it was 1:30 am and she just watched him sleep!!.... then we learn that the son uses bad words and drives his mom crazy but she loves him anyway, which is nice but its beginning to feel less and less age appropriate. The mother creeping into her older sons bedroom with a ladder nightly was ghastly... and when the son does the same to her we see i giant size framed picture of him as an infant in nothing but a diaper over her bed.
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Caroline@wolfecottagestudio.com
5.0 out of 5 stars A message to my 32 year old son . . . That a Mothers love is unconditional
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very odd
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, a bit creepy.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2020
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Yvonne G
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable book
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MrsIngo
4.0 out of 5 stars As seen on Friends!!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2018
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