Friday, November 2, 2012

Go the F*ck to Sleep byAdam Mansbach and Richardo Cortez

Overview from Barnes and Noble:
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 available NOW for pre-order.

My thoughts:
I borrowed this on my Kindle after hearing so much about it online and from friends.  It was highly recommended to me that I look for the audio version with Samuel L. Jackson doing the reading but I haven't gotten around to looking for it yet.

I would be very interested in reading the version of the book that is appropriate for all ages as I think my children would get a kick out of it and there are definitely still nights when I just yearn for everyone to go to bed, even if they aren't asleep, so that I can get a few minutes of quiet to get some things done and relax before going to bed myself.  I think all parents have had those moments when they need the delay tactics to end and for their children to just realize how much they really need to sleep, something we as adults now want more of and children seem to resist.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617750250
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Pages: 32

Meet the Author

Adam Mansbach
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, is three.
Ricardo Cortes has illustrated books about marijuana, electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, and Chinese food. 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, where he is working on a book about the history of Coca-Cola and cocaine. To see more of his work, visit:

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