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Go the F**k to Sleep [Hardcover]

Adam Mansbach , Ricardo Cortés
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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June 28 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 available NOW for pre-order.

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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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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically funny book for parents June 28 2011
By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely comforting!! March 3 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must for any parents who have or had have kids!! Not for everyone, of course, given the title, but the humour found in its pages will ressonate with everyone with kids! In the wee hours of the night, a quick read of this book will ease the thoughts of being the ONLY one in the world without sleep at the hands of your little ones!! Testimonial to the fact that we all go through this as parents!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, makes a good gift March 28 2013
By Prairie Girl TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great relieft July 13 2011
By Lindze
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent needs this! April 9 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was just for me, it's hilarious! As a new mother, every sentence I have uttered at some point in despair :/
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny April 8 2014
By Helen D
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a gift for my daughter & son in law as their 2 year old loves to be up at night.
They appreciated the humour, but the language may offend some people.
I can identify with the sentiments as a mother of three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just f***ing sleep ! April 7 2014
By mike
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Too funny. What a great book. It doesn't help the baby sleep, but mommy and daddy enjoy the lighter side of a sleepless baby!
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This is a book you buy once, read a few times, giggle knowingly with your partner, then pass on to another of your friends who's also a parent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
It is one thing to tolerate cussing as a new form of norm too common amongst stressed adults, but it is another thing to accept this type of behavior when children are involved. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Albert M. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny books for parents
I gave this as a gift to the parents of 3 children. They had such a good time reading it they laughed so hard they were in tears. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Share Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars OK .... a funny book
Anyone raising children can relate to this frustrating story about putting a kid to sleep. Illustrations compliment the story in a funny way too!
Published 2 months ago by Sue DeRochie
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely hilarious
It's so great to be able to put such a funny spin on something that can be so horribly frustrating.
Published 2 months ago by mnagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain funny
I keep buying these for friends with new babies...at first they don't know what to think, though over time you see the book on display on their coffee tables. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Parental reality
How could I pass on this book when Amazon was selling it for a buck. It was very short, which was a good thing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bedtime story for parents!!
I first heard of this story on youtube when Samuel L Jackson read it. I laughed!! I just HAD to buy it for my friend who is expecting twins! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Faye Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't laughed like this in a long time.
This has to be, hands down, one of the greatest "children's" book I have ever read. Planning on reading it to my nieces and nephews without their parents knowing.
Published 6 months ago by Laura Keefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids!
Not for the little ones but a reminder to parents to lighten up & have fun. Its hard to remember this when babies are crying at all hours of the night so I keep this close at hand... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lisa Russo
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