How can anyone not cry every time they read...

(94 Posts)
LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 03-Oct-12 21:44:03 you forever by Robert Munsch, gets me every time!

BardOfBarking Wed 03-Oct-12 21:46:51

Oh I really despise this book. The mum sneaking into her grown son's house? makes me feel physically unwell.

Can you imagine the daughter in law on MN? " AIBU to ask my MiL to stop coming into my bedroom at night to rock my DH...." BLEUGH!

Loads of people love it though grin

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 03-Oct-12 22:01:19

That's actually made me laugh out loud!! Okay yes in reality it would be a tad creepy(!) but it's just so beautiful....the bit where the mama is dying (sobs)

NomNomingiaDePlum Wed 03-Oct-12 22:06:16

i think this is pretty much the creepiest book in my house. i'd chuck it out, but it's dd's, and a gift.

i have promised dd that i will not stalk her when she grows up.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Wed 03-Oct-12 22:10:19

Nope, another one it creeps out.

I do say "I will love you forever" to DD every night before bed though.

I cry at the Velveteen Rabbit.

nilbyname Wed 03-Oct-12 22:12:43

I remember that book!

The one that get me is "Guess how much I love you" with Nut Brown Hare. Oh it is so lovely!

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 03-Oct-12 22:13:24

Awww you're all made of stone lol! I'm teary just thinking about it, the coking back and forth, back and forth....aww(wipes tear away)

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 03-Oct-12 22:13:42


neontetra Wed 03-Oct-12 22:15:24

Velveteen Rabbit god yes! Keep trying to read it to dd and can't because of the massive lump in my throat. Absolutely love it though! Sorry to go off topic - have not read the other one.

Wetthemogwai Wed 03-Oct-12 22:15:28

Is that the one Joey reads for Emma's birthday on friends? That's lovely but I've never seen it for sale sad must look on amazon

Dogger gets me every time and it did when I was a kid too!

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Wed 03-Oct-12 22:17:06

Yup, it is mentioned in friends.

You need to be loved to be real. And it only happens when you are all worn and battered. Sniff, sniff.

nilbyname Wed 03-Oct-12 22:17:33

Dogger! "And Bella did a VERY kind thing", so lovely.

Stick Man gets me!

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 03-Oct-12 23:35:09

Oh dogger! I loved dogger!

InvisibleHotPinkWeasel Wed 03-Oct-12 23:39:51

I tell dh he is my velveteen rabbit and that I loved his fur off (he had hair when we met) grin, the book makes me properly cry though.

So does That's Not My Cow! By Terry Prathett.

Bumply Wed 03-Oct-12 23:44:12

I can creep ds1 out by reciting "I'll love you forever, I'll love for always..."
He finds the book disturbing, as do I if it wasn't the only winding up weapon I have (he's 14 now, but never liked it since someone gave it him as a toddler)

I love it...well up every time I read it, and cried like an idiot when I was telling my friend about it because she hadn't heard of it!

Feckbox Wed 03-Oct-12 23:49:47

yes, agree!

Goodbye Mog.

Saw it in Waterstones & the cover was enough to bring on the tears (was very pregnant at the time), have read it since then (not to DS) & am welling up just thinking about it.

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Thu 04-Oct-12 06:50:47

2blessed yes me too!' get emotional thinking about it.

BikeRunSki Thu 04-Oct-12 07:14:30

I went to the funeral of a friend's baby when DS was six weeks old. The baby being cremated was 2 days old. One of the readings was a passage from The Velveteen Rabbit, the part about becoming real. Whenever I have seen the book since, it has brought a tear to my eye. Last year DS chose it from the library. I was 30 wks pg and in floods as we checked it out.

ripsishere Thu 04-Oct-12 07:19:06

this one gets me every time. It only has three words in it FFS.

nilby we still use that exact phrase when anyone in our family does something nice.
We loved Dogger totally and utterly

Lavenderhoney Thu 04-Oct-12 07:25:40

Stick man at the end.. And velveteen rabbit. Bambi is banned in our house, book and filmsmile Black beauty is another.

Ephiny Thu 04-Oct-12 07:33:56

I haven't seen this book, but it sounds horribly sentimental and creepy to me.

Black Beauty though, yes, haven't read it since I was a child but don't dare pick it up. Buckets of tears.

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 04-Oct-12 07:34:20

I love you forever makes me sob and sob!!!

qo Thu 04-Oct-12 07:36:27

I read Charlotte's web when I was 7 and was inconsolable, I bought it for my nieces birthday when I was an adult and was inconsolable all over again - I can't believe someone would write something so heart-achingly sad for a children's book!

AllOverIt Thu 04-Oct-12 07:46:25

Snail and the whale for me.

'and the whale and the snail told their wonderful tale of shimmering ice and coral caves, and shooting stars and enormous waves and of how a snail, so small and frail, with her looping curling silvery trail, saved the life of the hump-back whale.

And the hump-back whale held out his tail and on crawled snail after snail after snail

And they sang to the sea as they all set sail on tail of the grey-blue hump-back whale....


BikeRunSki Thu 04-Oct-12 07:49:07

I can't believe no one has mentioned Peepo!

On the other hand, we always cheer when Tiddler gets back to school.

ScienceRocks Thu 04-Oct-12 07:52:31

Once There Were Giants does me in. It's just lovely smile

bruffin Thu 04-Oct-12 08:07:46

and me Science Rocks

MissHavishamsWeddingCake Thu 04-Oct-12 08:23:37

No Matter What by Debbie Gliori gets me very time sad

qo Thu 04-Oct-12 10:07:30

I've just filled up with tears from only reading the review of once there were giants! Note to self, never read the book!

Wetthemogwai Thu 04-Oct-12 10:46:18

bike what's wrong with peepo?

TunipTheVegemal Thu 04-Oct-12 11:52:16

Peepo? Because it's the time when our mums and dads were babies, and our grandparents who are now dead were young mums and dads like us.
And because the war is going on in the background and the baby experiences a safe happy life but so many children weren't.

LegArmpits Thu 04-Oct-12 11:56:51

Once There Were Giants. I have goose pimples just thinking about it.
And Tabby McTat!

Yes - No Matter What completely floored me when DS got it out of the library sad. I couldn't finish it.

Both my parents have died so I genuinely believe books like this should have a warning sticker on the front. Maybe some kind of 'weepy' logo. wink.

I also struggle with Owl Babies (and she came!)

Oh the Places You'll Go is also often a struggle.

Blimey I need to pull myself together!

Velveteen Rabbit and Dogger both make me weep. Am teary just thinking of them... (which is not good because I'm waiting to go into a meeting here!)

lljkk Thu 04-Oct-12 12:05:30

I was given at least 4 copies of the Munsch book when DC1 was born.
I loathed each and every one.
Yes it makes me cry, but it's just... horrible. It's like people who think Every Breath you Take by the Police is a love song. Something deeply wrong.

BardOfBarking Thu 04-Oct-12 12:27:47

I agree lljkk Every breath you take is very disturbing; freaky, stalker song of obsession. Oh a bit like 'Love you forever'. The mother is deranged and obsessed!!!

PostmanPatsBlackandWhiteCat Thu 04-Oct-12 13:04:58

I have just watched someone reading I love you forever on you tube I cried my eyes out.
Goodnight Mog gets me too and Hey I love you does as well.

notso Thu 04-Oct-12 13:19:43

<<shudder>> at that love you forever book, can you imagine the AIBU thread?

Woke up to find MIL rocking a sleeping DH while crooning, WIBU to get her arrested?

drjohnsonscat Thu 04-Oct-12 13:24:50

Puff the Magic Dragon. Wahhh. We have a book of it which I cannot get through.

Also a lovely baby book called Me by Emma Dodd. About a baby penguin and how big the world is. The payoff line, said to his mum, is

"I may be small but I can see,
the biggest thing to you is me"

Also "Oh the places you'll go". Cannot get through it without voice going weird.

Nottigermum Thu 04-Oct-12 13:26:51

I read The Kindest Giant in Town to DS1 when pregnant and bust into tears.

He was really wondering what was going on with mum.

Some Dogs Do also brings a tear to my eye, but the kids don't get it at all.

BikeRunSki Thu 04-Oct-12 13:28:34

I read recently that Peepo is based on Allan Alberg's own childhood, growing up in the Blitz with two older sisters. I guess I find it weepy because it's about my parents' and grandparents' generations and that we now know how many fathers did not see their families again.

winnybella Thu 04-Oct-12 13:31:45

Every single time I read Guess How Much I Love You to DD I wonder why did it make me cry last time as there isn't anything really that moving there...

and so I stay dry-eyed throughout the whole book

and then I get to:

I love you to the moon - still ok there

AND BACK ---tears streaming down hmm

BikeRunSki Thu 04-Oct-12 13:32:54

I am meant to be reading "The Places You'll Go" at DD's naming in a couple of weeks. Not sure that I'll manage.

CaseyShraeger Thu 04-Oct-12 13:35:05

In principle I love No Matter What, but the grammatical errors bug the hell out of me. I am aware that this makes me a soulless pedant.

Badgers Parting Gifts. <snivel> Someone bought it for my eldest dd about 15 years ago and I still heave with sob-ness when I even see the cover!

NimChimpsky Thu 04-Oct-12 13:41:26

The Bog Baby is beautiful. DD adores No Matter What and Peepo with the mirror with the rainbow rim? <sob>

Love You Forever is creepy shit on the other hand.

The Places You Will Go is v v moving too.

BirdyArms Thu 04-Oct-12 13:43:25

Peepo makes me cry more than any other. Owl Babies too if I'm in a weepy kind of a mood.

Guess How Much I Love You can also make me cry although I fundamentally disapprove of it - think big nut brown hare is a bit of an arse always having to get one up on Little nut brown Hare.

CaseyShraeger Thu 04-Oct-12 14:11:09

Someday by Alison McGhee makes me get a bit weepy.

Adult book wise - has anyone read 'Family' by Susan Hill? It is a total humdinger of a sobathon. I mjst have read it over 10 times and I still cry!

Wetthemogwai Thu 04-Oct-12 19:22:10

Ah I see, I've not read it since I was a child so that's another for dds reading list!

Littleplasticpeople Thu 04-Oct-12 19:26:01

Not read 'love you forever', but agree with Dogger. I literally can't read it to the dcs. Just can't, I choke each time (and they sit there all stony faced).

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Thu 04-Oct-12 19:32:05

Dogger gets me and Annie-Rose is my Little Sister.

HUG used to make DC3 cry when he was little.

LookMaOneHand Thu 04-Oct-12 19:37:05

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers is a beautiful book that I cannot read without a lump in my throat and streaming down my cheeks

About a little girl who, through grief, has lost her ability to see the wonder in the world until she grows up and finds another little girl still small enough to see the wonder and give it all back to her... Oh, God.

I relate to it because my parents died when I was young and my little dd has given so much joy back to my life. The book tells a strange little story but it rings true through and through.

And I love it because the characters are girls, and they're filled with 'all the curiosities of the world', and the thoughts that fill their heads are about the solar system, and the biology of whales, and the classification of leaves. Not princesses and shoes.

Thank you, Oliver Jeffers smile

LookMaOneHand Thu 04-Oct-12 19:38:27

that should read and tears streaming down my cheeks

I have ruined that whole post with the surreal and gross image of a lump streaming down my cheeks. Sorry blush grin

Convert Thu 04-Oct-12 19:38:31

Agree with 'Guess how much I love you', 'The snail and the whale' makes me a bit emotional too.
I used to have a book called 'The christmas kitten' by James herriott when i was little and my Mom found a copy for me recently. I can't actually managed to read it to the kids because it upsets me so much!

stealthsquiggle Thu 04-Oct-12 19:59:41

Nottigermum - YY to "some dogs do"

niminypiminy Fri 05-Oct-12 22:57:21

Dogger - yes
Owl Babies - yes
Peepo, though, even thinking about it makes me teary. The thing is, I first read it when I was a children's librarian, and longed to have children, and I had a copy and then lost it in the years and years I was longing to have children and thought I never would be able to. And then, miraculously, I did, and a friend ( not knowing all this history), sent me a copy of Peepo, saying it reminded her of me. And then, when I get to the last page, and I think of all the time when I thought I would never be able to lift my own baby up to see himself in the mirror with the rainbow rim, and see a mother with a baby just like him... well, then I can't read anymore for all the tears and joy in my voice.

RillaBlythe Fri 05-Oct-12 23:05:47

Aw niminy

Peepo, Dogger, Alfie Gives a Hand, Snail & the Whale.

Also Everywhere Babies, & 10 Little Fingers.


RillaBlythe Fri 05-Oct-12 23:06:40

Oh, & Prayer for a Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman.

Love You Forever scares the bejesus outta me! How the son didn't have her institutionalised I don't know!

Not a book but The Stolen Child makes me sob. My friend lost a baby and had it read at the service. Oh god I weep!

"Come away oh human child
To the waters and the wild
With a faery by the hand
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand"


LynetteScavo Fri 05-Oct-12 23:28:18

My DC know that when they grow up and move across town I will drive over in the night with a ladder strapped to the roof of my car and sneak into their room.

After I've rocked them I will pick up their dirty clothes of the floor and take them home to wash. And leave a not reminding them to take their vitamins.

In a moment, before I go to bed, I will go into my teenagers room, brush back the hair from his beautiful face, (which I don't get to see these days) and marvel at how sweet he looks as he sleeps. During the day he wouldn't let me touch him. If I could still pick him up and rock him while he slept I would.

EugenesAxe Fri 05-Oct-12 23:29:56

I choke a bit at Mutt Dog (if you've ever come across it) at the end, because of the word 'belongs' after the homeless-in-the-wet-and-wind montage in the middle of the book.

The Selfish Giant is the worst for me... but then I can't cope with the reading in the Bible it's based on. I mentioned it to the vicar once and starting crying... despite his godliness I still think he thought I was nuts.

I cry at several points of the Lord of the Rings. The worst is when a cock crows in the city of Minas Tirith during the battle and the narrative goes: 'And as if in answer there came from far away another note. Horns, horns, horns, dimly sounding in dark Mindolluin's sides. Great horns of the North, wildly blowing. Rohan had come at last.' gives me the shudders. Gollum's bits are pretty bad too - when he touches Frodo's leg just before he's about to shop them to Shelob and Tolkein says of it that it could almost have been a caress.

BestIsWest Fri 05-Oct-12 23:47:19

niminyPiminy, Never mind the books, I found it hard to read your post without a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. What a lovely story.

Ruby Flew Too!!!
In floods every time. Ds does not allow me to read to anymore blush

read IT anymore
bad bad red wine smile

neontetra Sat 06-Oct-12 15:22:39

Yes to the Selfish Giant - deeply moving (though possibly less so to a non- Christian?) Don't get those Guess How Much I Love You books though. No plots to speak of. Dd and I find them deeply boring (but she is six months and bored by any books without multi-textured pages).

EugenesAxe Sat 06-Oct-12 20:02:19

Yes perhaps re. your non-Christian point neontetra (love the name... those are the only fish I can name for DS when looking in the doctor's tank). You don't have to be a Christian to be compassionate and recognise the message given out in the book, but the emotion from the Easter story may be why we are tipped over the edge.

I'm with you on the Guess How Much books... tedious.

I forgot - and I can only suppose this is some issue I have with religious festivals generally - The Night Before Christmas. Only the last lines 'Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!'. They bring a lump to my throat. Narnia too, of course. Dawn Treader the most... the whole book from when Reepicheep jumps in and realises he's in freshwater fills me with this feeling of warmth and wonder. I sound very saccharine; I'm not really.

VeritableSmorgasbord Sat 06-Oct-12 20:17:13

Love You Forever is banned in our house. It distressed me for DAYS.

TheMightyMojoceratops Sat 06-Oct-12 20:22:55

The end of Winnie the Pooh, where Christopher Robin grows up and leaves...

"But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest a little boy and his bear will always be playing."


stargirl1701 Sat 06-Oct-12 20:28:30

I burst into tears reading 'When the World Was Waiting For You' whilst pregnant - in the middle of Waterstones! I bought it and it was the first book I read to LO (four weeks ago grin). I cried then too grin

OlivesTree Sat 06-Oct-12 20:44:05


I am sitting here finishing of DD's 1st Birthday Prosecco from her party today and SOBBING over books that I haven't even read, & looking forward to poring over all of these with snuggles before bed.

We already have Hug which we love and I am off now to order Dogger, which I always LOVED and the Velveteen Rabbit, which is just. so. sad! I have also always liked The Giving Tree.

OlivesTree Sat 06-Oct-12 20:50:49

For anyone interested in the Velveteen Rabbit, the edition that is illustrated by Donna Green is exquisite.

Trying to find a link to it but struggling, I think it is an Australian edition.

chocolateshoes Sat 06-Oct-12 20:58:16

the Railways Children gets me every time

I tell you, you haven't cried until you've sobbed your way through Roddy's Doyle's Her Mother's Face.

Siobhan's mother dies when she's three (yes! for STARTERS) and her dad brings her up; he's locked in his grief and they never talk about her mum (sniff). Now she's 10, and while she can remember her mother's hands and her laugh (choke) she can no longer picture her face (gulp). Then she meets a mysterious woman in the park who tells her a secret: to see her mother's face she needs to look in the mirror (roar). And then, if you can believe it, it gets even MORE heartrending.

I simply CANNOT read this to DS. It breaks me like a twig, every time.

hermioneweasley Sat 06-Oct-12 21:19:02

Another one for velveteen rabbit.

The one that sets me off is "Sophie's masterpiece" about a spider who just wants to weave love,y things for people with her silk, but keeps being chased away. Eventually settles in the room of a boarding house where a young woman is pregnant and can't afford a baby blanket. Sophie is very old by now but works tirelessly to weave a blanket for the baby, and weaves her own heart into it and dies. I'm welling up just thinking about it. I always cry at the end.

NothingTraLaLa Sat 06-Oct-12 21:30:56

I find it very hard to hold it together when reading "Little Baa" (especially in the past week) and usually end up hugging DD as tight as she will let me while trying to hide the tears.

"From far across the field, Ma picked out the little sound. It was the sound she wanted most of all in the whole wide new spring world."


drjohnsonscat Sun 07-Oct-12 16:21:26

Oh my god loveandsqualor.

I had no warning that was coming. Bloody hell and snivels.

picnicbasketcase Sun 07-Oct-12 16:24:26

Why would you cry at the end of Stick Man, it's a lovely happy ending!

Nagoo Sun 07-Oct-12 16:28:47

<surreptiously wipes away tear reading Lynette's post>

<orders loads of new books>

WereTricksPotter Sun 07-Oct-12 16:40:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ScatterChasse Sun 07-Oct-12 16:42:38

I had to read The Velveteen Rabbit when I was babysitting once, fortunately the little girl fell asleep as I was reading it because I was in floods by the end. I still think the Mum should have warned me!

Mole's Sunrise also gave me a bit of a lump in my throat at the end.

EugenesAxe Sun 07-Oct-12 16:46:58

hermione - your post has given me eyeball prickles on a grand scale. That is so lovely!

I only know Velveteen Rabbit from bloody Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason! I will have to seek out for real.

EarnestDullard Sun 07-Oct-12 16:52:43

I should not be reading this thread 4 days after giving birth.

<sniffs, wipes away tears>

EugenesAxe Mon 08-Oct-12 03:38:59

Maybe not the best... Congratulations though Earnest!

Whatiswitnit Tue 09-Oct-12 16:48:52

Absolutely Peepo - it's the nostalgia of the pictures mainly but the rhythm and lilt of the words too.

Dogger, Bog Baby (really chokes me up!), Owl Babies and The Snail and The Whale all get me going too.

The biggest tear-jerker for me at the moment though is Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman which I bought for my youngest daughter's first Christmas. I'm a wreck by the end of that one.

weegiemum Tue 09-Oct-12 16:52:09

I hate "Guess How Much I Love You"

"ok small brown rabbit (or something) you love me but cos I'm bigger I love you more and I can always win on the who loves the most game" eases

My weep-fest is "waiting for Noel". Sob!

SayHelloToMyLittleFriend Tue 09-Oct-12 17:28:28

I've got Guess How Much I Love You but have never actually got to the end of it as my dd (just turned 3) gets bored and wants a different book halfway through. Thinking about buying The Velveteen Rabbit and Love You Forever now though.

Alitoomanykids Wed 10-Oct-12 14:37:19

I wish I could remember the name of a book that my son brought home from school as reading homework. I cant even remember the whole story (as I was blubbing uncontrollably behing ds back) but loosely it featured a wee girl and a bunch of dragons who went to sleep and turned into some small hills. I must have been pre-menstrual.... I can think of no other explanation!

"No matter what" gets me every time, was really hard when DS wanted that story every night. "Once there were giants" was a story I had to read in assembly hen I was 8 months pregnant. I had to get the children to leave quickly before they realized I was crying! blush

alemci Fri 12-Oct-12 21:51:25


definitely Peepo. The time period was when my grandparents were young and my dg would have been in ww2 uniform. It makes me cry. nostalgic and old fashioned.

probably Dogger too but haven't read it for a long time.

lisa1968 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:03:30

No Matter What by Debi Gliori.....cant read it!!

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