Robert was born June 11, 1945 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. His family consisted of nine kids, including himself. For many grades; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, Robert was close to failing out of school. By the time he was in eighth grade he was still counting on his fingers. Throughout his elementary ages he spent a lot of time writing poetry. He liked the silly and funny poems but wrote in many different emotions. For seven years Robert studied to become a Jesuit Priest. He was getting his undergrad in History and later worked for his Masters in Anthropology, unfortunately for Robert he failed the test or his PH.D. From this point on Robert decided he was going to do something different with his life.
For Robert, creating stories was easy. Many of his stories were inspired by real characters. He could hear of something funny or strange that happened to a person and expand it into a whole new story. One story that was created from a child's experience is "Brittany's Granddad". While traveling Robert was staying with a family where this story was inspired. Brittany was telling Robert about how her Granddad had both of his arms broken and how it happened. This is how many of his stories are developed. The first time that Robert tells a story to, he describes it as if the book is "owned" by the child. The child in real life will then become the child in the book.
"I get up in front of a bunch of kids and say 'Hey, I'm gonna tell you a new story. Who wants to be in a new story?' Well some kid always sticks up their hand and that gives me a name, but it doesn't give me a story. I just say whatever comes to my mind and usually it's not that good. Every once in a while, however, I say something that turns into a really good story."
Robert has published 54 books. His first two books were published in 1979, "Mud Puddles" and "The Dark". His latest book published was "Put Me in a Box". Because of the way Robert starts a story each one has a new main character. In the beginning of each of his books, Munsch makes sure to dedicate the story to a child that the character is based off of.
"Love you Forever"
This book holds a special place in Robert's heart. He published this book in 1986. He wrote it as a way of dealing with his wife and his loss of two stillborn babies. When talking about this book, he describes how it started out as a song in his head. It was a song he could never sing because of the sadness it made him feel. When one day he was able to tell it, but not as a song as a story very similar to what it is now. He intended this to be a story for children, but to his surprise this story was being bought by people in retirement communities. Parents were buying it for grandparents and grandparents were buying it for parents. As written by Robert, "The way I sing it in the story is just MY version. You are supposed to make up your own".