The sad, sweet story behind ‘Love You Forever’

1 October 2013Literature

Carolyn Robertson:

I’ve read Love You Forever dozens of times over the years, but today I learned the story behind the book: It was originally written as a song for the author’s two stillborn babies.

As Mr. Munsch writes on his Web site:

“I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn’t even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn’t sing.

For a long time it was just a song but one day, while telling stories at a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it occurred to me that I might be able to make a story around the song.

Out popped Love You Forever, pretty much the way it is in the book.”

As someone that has read this story many times, it is interesting – albeit sad – to hear the story behind it.