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Go the Fuck to Sleep

By Adam Mansbach (Text by), Ricardo Cortes (Illustrated by)

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Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 June 2011
"Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this."--"The New Yorker" "A parenting zeitgeist"--"Washington Post" "A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep."--National Public Radio "A new Bible for weary parents"--"New York Times" "Resonates powerfully with almost everyone"--"Boston Globe" ""Go the F*** to Sleep" challenges stereotypes, opens up prototypes, and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling(s) to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own."--"Midwest Book Review" "Go the F*** to Sleep" is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity. With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, "Go the F*** to Sleep" is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children. "Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, " a children's book inspired by "Go the F*** to Sleep" and appropriate for kids of all ages, is forthcoming from Akashic Books in April 2012 and for pre-order.

About the Author

Adam Mansbach's novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Believer, Granta, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He was the 2010-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. His daughter, Vivien, was his inspiration for Go the F*** to Sleep.Ricardo Cortes has illustrated books about marijuana (It's Just a Plant), electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, Chinese food, and A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on the O'Reilly Factor and CNN. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

EAN: 9781617750250
ISBN: 1617750255
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Dimensions: 15.75 x 21.34 x 1.02 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 review(s)
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melina xavier on
This is exactly how i feel some nights its great for adults to just have a laugh about. Illustrations are not great though
Barbara Santos on
I personally feel a lot of hype was made about this book. Though having worked with children for 10 years, there were days where I would have liked to have read this book to the children. I guess it's a tongue in cheek approach to a children's book, but over all it didn't really do it for me. I excepted more, something different, then again god knows what I was expecting to be honest. It isn't horrible, nor is it fantastic, so I'm going to give 3/5.
Natasha Be on
Very funny, I don't have kids but from hearing stories and having a much younger sibling I totally understand this. Very nice mock bedtime story asking why the kid won't just sleep! I felt sorry for parents when reading this! Nice illustrations, the swearing gets a bit heavy sometimes though and I reckon the book could have been effectively written without it (and this is coming from a swearer!)
renee jomaa on
what a yuk piece of wasted tree. I have never come across a book I actually thought was a disgrace to literacy and its own topic. Proof any moron can get something printed. How sad that this should ever be read to children or any form of human life. crap crap and crap
Sonia Fluke on
Yes, I feel sorry for the parents reading this too - but even sorrier for their children. This book is appalling, and a good example of the trash that passes for writing these days. Making "sheep" rhyme with "sleep" does not make someone a poet, and the book is aimed at the lowest common denominator, who in turn lap it up, find it funny and turn it into a best seller. Go the another page of this website to a separate listing and see the responses to the one negative review on this book - it gives a good idea of the mindset of the market it is serving. Incompetent parents have enough cop-out excuses for not feeling guilty about their lack of parenting skills - this book is simply another one.

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