This one came all of a sudden.
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Munsch often performed his material in front of crowds before writing anything down. One day, the song was in the back of his mind while he was performing at a theater. He made up a story to accompany the song on the spot, and just like that, "Love You Forever" poured out on stage.
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Unlike his past work, which could take years of performing to flesh out, this one came out whole. Munsch told his audience about a mother who would sing her son the same lullaby at night throughout every phase of his life -- even sneaking into his room to sing it when he's fully grown. It was the first time anyone -- including Munsch's wife -- heard the now iconic song, and Munsch says the audience was visibly emotional.
As for his wife, "she felt it, too. When Munsch brought the story to his publisher to be produced as a book, they turned it down, saying it was too dark for the children's genre. His distributer decided to publish the book instead.
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Some readers have found the mother's actions in the story strange , but many others have been moved by her unconditional love. Online reviewers recall their parents singing their own versions of the song or say they still get choked up when they read the book as an adult. Munsch, now 70 years old, has written 50 children's books throughout his career. His three children -- Andrew, Julie and Tyya -- have starred in five of them. He retired from storytelling after he suffered a stroke in and says he now finds himself relating to the mother in "Love You Forever" when she's old and sick at the end of the story.
He's still proud of the book, not only because it's his most successful, but because he hopes it offers solace for others just as it did for him. News U.
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