Love You Forever – World’s creepiest children’s book

I’ve always liked children’s books because although simple, many of them carry great life lessons.  I was talking to my mom last week about books that I loved while I was growing up.  We actually disagreed when it came to what my favorite book was growing up.  In my mom’s memory, my favorite book was What Do Toddlers Do? or Blueberries for Sal.  However, without a doubt, in my memory, my favorite children’s book was always Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  While we disagreed on what my favorite book was, we agreed on one thing – that Love You Forever by Robert B. Munsch is creepy.  If you recall, it’s a story about a mother’s love for her son.  According to Richard Farr of,

“The mother sings to her sleeping baby: ‘I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be.’ She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far so ordinary–but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son’s window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she’s too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed.”

“So far so ordinary” indeed but it takes a turn for creeper-ville once the mom drives across town, breaks into her adult son’s house through his second floor window, and rocks him to sleep.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my mom, but if she drove over to my college apartment, broke through my second story window via a ladder, and tried to crawl into my bed with me, I’d be freaked out!  If you ask me, the main lesson of this book is probably that mothers and children should remain embarrassingly attached to each other and never grow up.  Here are the books that I did love, however, many of which probably have a lot to do with why I turned out the way I did.