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Go the F**k to Sleep Hardcover – Jun 28 2011

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (June 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617750255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617750250
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Total genius -- Jonathan Lethem, author of MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, father of two A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud-hilarious! -- David Byrne, musician, father of one Beautiful, brilliant, funny as fuck. A new Contented Little Baby Book for the discontented parent -- Helen Walsh, author of GO TO SLEEP, mother of one The secret anthem of tired parents everywhere -- Bliss Boyard, author of ONE DROP: MY FATHER'S HIDDEN LIFE, mother of two This is the most honest children's book ever written. And it's f*cking hilarious -- A.J. Jacobs, author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY, father of three Finally, someone tells it like it really is. This is no-guilt funny and a godsend! -- Cristina Garcia, author of THE LADY MATADOR'S HOTEL, mother of one An instantly recognisable and timeless theme tune for bleary-eyed parents everywhere - a hymn to the horrors of bedtime. Beautifully crafted, rhythmical, affectionate, profane and searingly honest, it is very funny. -- Alex Frean * Times * Hilariously funny, it gets the tone bang on - and it's comforting to know bedtime is a universally fraught experience. * News of the World * A gleeful howl of blasphemy. for the exhausted parent, nudged to the brink of sanity by lack of sleep, GTFTS is more than a reason to snigger - it's a gesture of compassion. -- Benjamin Secher * Daily Telegraph * it subverts accepted notions of what is meant by 'good' parenting...a clever conceit, executed with panache * The Lady * cult bedtime nursery rhyme... Samuel L Jackson invests his reading with the sympathetic intelligence and undertow of menace, recognisable from his great cinema roles -- Karen Robinson * The Sunday Times Culture Magazine * Beautifully illustrated... a bonding experience for exhausted parents for generations to come * Belfast Telegraph Evening * subverts accepted notions of what is meant by 'good' parenting... it is genuinely funny * The Lady * clever conceit, executed with panache * The Lady * Bedtime stories will never be the same again -- Viv Groskop * The Guardian * dreamy illustrations are a perfect match -- Alexandra Frean * The Times * an instantly recognisable and timeless theme tune for bleary-eyed parents everywhere - a hymn to the horrors of bedtime. Beautifully crafted, rhythmical affectionate, profane and honest, it is very funny -- Alexandra Frean * The Times * --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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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER 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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By Room For Cream TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 28 2013
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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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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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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. Obviously its not a children's book, just a fun, sarcastic, book about getting your kids to go to bed.
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By Helen D on April 8 2014
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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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If you are a parent with a sense of humor you will enjoy this book. One of the most memorable Christmas presents I ever gave. My brother in law laughed till he was crying because these thoughts go through everyone's head.
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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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This book is perfectly relate-able for any parent. It's fun to read with a group of adults even if they don't have their own kids. You can see Samuel L. Jackson read to book in it's entirety here: [...]

We've also made a game of who can read it the best or without laughing!
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