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Go the F**k to Sleep [Kindle Edition]

Adam Mansbach , Ricardo Cortes , Ricardo Cortés
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,332 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Go the Fuck 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, it captures the familiar—and unspoken—tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the Fuck to Sleep is a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children.

Editorial Reviews


“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

“Finally, someone tells it like it really is! This is no-guilt funny and a godsend!” —Cristina García, author of The Lady Matador’s Hotel, mother of one

“This is the most honest children’s book ever written. Fucking hilarious.” —A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically, father of three

Go the Fuck to Sleep is the secret anthem of tired parents everywhere.” —Bliss Broyard, author of One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life, mother of two

“Captures the beautiful struggle of being a parent at it’s rawest point: bedtime.” —Daniel Sinker, author of The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel, father of one

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, Poets & Writers, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is the 2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. His daughter, Vivien, is three.
Ricardo Cortés has illustrated books about marijuana, electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, and Chinese food. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on CNN and FOX News. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is working on a book about the history of coffee, cocaine, and Coca-Cola.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1648 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005CW7KW2
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YMYR2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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163 of 178 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This made my day! June 14, 2011
By epl
Format:Audible Audio Edition
I can't imagine anyone more qualified to do the audio version of this book than Samuel L Jackson. It's genius. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially someone who has struggled with a small child at bedtime.
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537 of 615 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny but.... June 1, 2011
Do not buy this book if you are a first time new parent- you won't get it.

Do not buy this book if you have perfect kids- you won't get it.

And definately do not buy this book if you dislike swearing- you will hate it.

But for those who have kids that find every excuse not to go to bed and get driven nuts at night trying to be patient- this is hilarious!

We all love our kids and this book says what goes through our minds sometimes but would never say.
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139 of 160 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Er, folks... October 22, 2011
... just a note to outraged parents: this is not a children's book, it is a *parody* of children's book. It should not be read to children, but it is not *intended* to be read to children.

No doubt some book sellers, dealing with many books every day and misled by the cover (which covers up the f-word), put this book in the children's section. But I've seen book stores with Flaubert's "Sentimental Education" in education book, or Pirsing's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" in the "automotive maintenance" section. That is not the author's fault.

The book itself is quite amusing, although, like most children's books, which it copies, quite short. As for the price, quite apart from supply and demand, like with "real" children's books, you are not, really, paying for the text -- it is too short for that (as most children's books are) -- but for the artwork and the production value, which are both very good.

Whether it is worth the price is a personal issue. Some people will be greatly amused and would enjoy it as a conversation piece. Some people will think it's very overpriced. But I am just noting that much of the criticism of this book in the reviews (that is corrupts children, that it is overpriced because it is short, etc.) is just not to the point.
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177 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To sleep, perchance to bow-chick-a-bow-wow June 17, 2011
To this small book I can relate.
For many nights do parents wait
Until angelic tots are sleeping,
When after endless bouts of weeping,
Or running wild and restless rolling
When no amount of Mom's cajoling,
Or bribes, or threats, warm milk or juice
Or even smacks on the caboose,
Can get those f#cking eyes shut tight
So Mom and Dad can play at night.

Amanda Richards, June 17, 2011
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123 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for parents with a sense of Humor! June 6, 2011
By MelB
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got this book pre-ordered as a mothers day gift, I finally got it. I laughed so hard!

It is a great book if you have a sense of humor!

Do NOT read to kids of course, it's adult humor!

Do NOT get this if you do not like swearing

I laughed the whole way through, my friends all enjoyed it! You will get this book if you have problems at night time with your children. Great book!!
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed until I cried! June 8, 2011
By Carolyn
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am not a person who swears, so I never thought I'd buy this book. But I not only bought one for me but also one for my son who has a 2 year old, 4 year old, and seven year old. We sat together tonight as he read it and we laughed so hard we had to constantly stop reading to get our breathe back. I told him I was sleep deprived for five years after I had him. He told me this book was "his life" and he knew his wife would love it, too! The illustrations are beautiful and contrast wonderfully with the verses.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Sweet June 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are a lot of cheap parodies of Margaret Wise Brown's classic Goodnight Moon, with varying degrees of cleverness (unfortunately, usually not very good). This could have been just another, and certainly would have gotten a lot of buzz based on the title alone.

I couldn't help taking a look, figuring at the worst, it'd be something like Baby, Mix Me a Drink (Baby Be of Use) from McSweeney's. But, it's actually a very sweet look at the troubles and frustrations of being a new parent. Having a child turns your life upside down, no matter how prepared you think you are for it, and, yeah, it's hard. Sure, this is a joke book, and the humor is certainly in the inappropriate profanity, but underneath, there's the touching honesty of a loving parent who can admit that it doesn't all just come easily.

And, unlike those cheap parodies, the words and rhythms actually scan pretty well. Huh; look at that. I suppose with an endorsement from David Byrne on the back cover, that's the least one could hope for.

Anyway, this highly recommended as a gift for anyone with a first child aged three to six months. Not only will the new parents laugh, they'll be able to relate.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Oh wow! I love this book! Our 7 month old just reached teething; my patient, loving husband ordered this & when it arrived last week he read it to me after our son was (finally) conked out.
I laughed so hard I had to run to the bathroom in mid-rhyme during my husband's storytime!
Awesome! So worth the price to be able to laugh that hard with my parent-partner. I love my son, we all love our kids, and the sanity we give up as conscientiously-parenting adults makes bonding experiences like this so worth it!

My favorite parts are actually the pics: the kid running naked into the hall (all you see is the shadow of a bare bum), the bright-eyed awake child amid the peaceful slumbering animals, and the blessed papa taking the toddler back to bed while mama sleeps on the couch. Beautiful.
For all the partners & dads who care for the kids, while mom sleeps, I thank you!
Occasionally I've needed that primal scream, but this book helped even more when my loving son bit me yesterday with his cute little sharp teeth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious!!
if for some reason you were thinking about NOT buying this book... you may as well stop doubting yourself and get it, because it is THE PERFECT GIFT usually for the second time... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by sarah stickney
5.0 out of 5 stars ???
I am going to give this to ny nephew who going to have another as they are expecting to have another boy. It's a little scared it he going to like it or hate it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by sarinya burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, funny!
OMG, there are not enough words to say how intense and funny this book is. Every parent and grandparent will relate to this book.
Published 1 day ago by Janice Spears
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming witty children's book with universal appeal for parents
Beautifully drawn and cleverly written Go the F**ck to Sleep is much more than a children's book full of F bombs. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Thomas L. Finegan
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!
I got this for friends who have twin eight month old babies. Yesterday one of the twins did not go to sleep. Read more
Published 6 days ago by JD 314
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Gift
My brother, in his early 20's at the time, heard about this book but could only read snippets of it from the internet. It's hilarious and very nicely illustrated. Read more
Published 7 days ago by ActualSize
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff.
Funny book about what as sleep deprived parents we are all able to feel at times. I picked this book up so in 14 more years when my daughter turns 18 I can tell her that this was... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So real it's funny!
It totally reminds me of what I said to myself when trying to get my kids to sleep! I would definitely recommend this to anyone with children.
Published 7 days ago by elong
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY.
Great book for those couples stupid enough to actually have children of their own. After babysitting for my nephews when I was a teenager I cannot believe anyone would want to... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Coinhunter
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting!!
I cannot understand why anyone would want to teach their children this type of vocabulary!!! I was actually wounded by the idea that an author would think this appropriate and for... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Sue Lichtenberger
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