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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (June 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781617750250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617750250
  • ASIN: 1617750255
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'Total genius.' - Jonathan Lethem, father of two, author of MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN * 'A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud-hilarious!' - David Byrne, father of one, musician, artist * 'This is the most honest children's book ever written. And it's f*cking hilarious.' - A.J. Jacobs, father of three, author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY * 'I wish this book had been around during my daughter's overly protracted sleep rituals! Finally, someone tells it like it really is. This is no-guilt funny and a godsend!' - Cristina Garcia, mother of one, author of THE LADY MATADOR'S HOTEL * 'Go the Fuck to Sleep is the secret anthem of tired parents everywhere. Adam Mansbach's homage to the tropes of bedtime stories is pitch perfect, and Ricardo Cortes's stunning illustrations will keep grown-ups and kids alike returning to these pages again and again!' - Bliss Boyard, author of ONE DROP: MY FATHER'S HIDDEN LIFE" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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, 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: Rmcortes.com.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on June 28 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, when I first received a copy of this book, I thought it was a joke. A very funny joke, but I had no idea it was an actual book meant for general publication. The fact that it has been so popular shows that I'm not the only person who enjoyed the joke!

So what is this book all about? Simple. It's about the frustration a parent can feel trying to get their young child (2-6 years or so) to bed. The book is beautifully drawn like a children's book, uses rhymes like a children's book, but drops a frustrated f-bomb on every page. The book rants about having to read one more book, calling nonsense on frequent requests for water, and similar situations (I love the last page!). I think the book is both so funny and so successful because a lot of parents can empathize with the feelings in the book.

Now I should mention that this book isn't for children. It also isn't for parents with children who never had problems going to sleep. Or parents who strongly disapprove of swearing. Or parents who won't like humor. Or parents who had so much free time and/or support that they didn't mind spending hours getting a child to sleep (or maybe getting the nanny to do it). For the rest of parents, as witnessed by the absolutely huge industry in "how to get your child to sleep" books, getting your child to sleep is often a major battle, chore, and/or energy drain.

The tone of the book is hopefully lighthearted enough for no one to confuse it with a parent actually wanting to put down their child or verbally injure/insult them. Rather, it's a reflection of the frustration good parents sometimes feel when their best efforts to get a child to sleep just aren't working. For the tenth night in a row.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lindze on July 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
I gave my husband this book for fathers day. It was a great relief to know that my daughter isn't the only devil that doesn't like to go to sleep. We keep it out for company to read when they come over.

It's always a great laugh and really is a great book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Burden on Sept. 6 2011
Format: Audio CD
Any parent should get this. There are nights that I so want to say this to my kids. You will laugh and nod at the same time. Incredibly well written and accurate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh on Aug. 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
With the title of this book being a bit vulgar, you know what your walking into. I bought this book for my brother who just had his baby a couple months ago, and felt it necessary to give this to him. Both him and his wife thought it was hilarious, and so did the rest of my family.

This book is great if you have a sense of humour, and are okay with profound language being spoken.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone just because of the pure comedic genius behind the whole thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Van Iersel on Aug. 21 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I heard about it on a SModcast called Hollywood Babble-On staring Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. They talked about the origin of the book and the author. What really made me want it was when they mentioned that it was the number one selling item on Amazon and it wasn't even printed yet. So when it became available, I had to own it.
I myself do not have children but I still remember whet it was like to be a kid and this book has entertained me to the core.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Prairie Girl TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 28 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although crass, any parent who has struggled to get a child to sleep has thought some version of this books title. The good thing about this book is its not just a cheap laugh for a title, it actually reads really well and references several bedtime books you have probably read to your child. A cute gift from Mom to Dad or for a friend dealing with a lack of sleep-- a good laugh, and let's you know you're not alone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on Oct. 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a mother of a 4 month old, a two year old and a four year old this book helped bring the humor back into parenting! Struggling with our daughter demanding "Bring me Water" and "I'm still hungry" to our two year old son who thinks bedtime is actually playtime and a four month old who won't go to sleep with all the chaos at bedtime, this book was exactly what we needed! It shows the funny side of bedtime and now when my child is yet again asking for water or another one of her never ending demands, I'll be thinking of this book laughing that I'm not the only mother in the kitchen giving into my child in the hopes that they'll reach dreamland sometime in the future! And this is definitely not a book I would read to my child but I have bought it as a gift for expectant parents as they have no idea what they are getting into either!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Huxtable on Aug. 11 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great book, relives the horrible times trying to get a toddler in to bed but I'd borrow a friends... We've both read it once, had a good laugh and now we don't know what to do with it because we'd hate for our kids to find it in a few years....
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