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Go the F**k to Sleep Hardcover – June 14, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
As other reviewers have said, clearly pass on this book if you object to profanity -- that seems too obvious to mention, and I'm unclear on why anyone who objects to profanity, or thinks it too low-brow, would buy a book called "Go the @^#*(@^# to Sleep." Caveat emptor, no? Also pass on it if you are yourself not very funny, or your children are unusually docile. Finally, be sure to hide it from your kids -- I live in some terror that my kids will find this on the high shelf in my home office. With those caveats in mind, buy it now. I second the earlier reviewer who said it made him more patient in the bedtime ritual -- I just climbed down from the top bunk, at 37 wks pregnant, after consoling my 5 yr old about the 'sad part' of the book she just read (the dog goes back to its original owners), and the 2 yr old because the 5 yr old's sobbing was keeping her up, and thinking "just go the eff to sleep." I felt kind of zen about the whole thing, as opposed to cranky and annoyed.
Do not buy this for your friends having their first child; they won't appreciate it.
It is a wonderful comic relief to those long, late nights of babies screaming in your ear and toddlers asking you "one last question" as you try to shut the door :)
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!!
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 months to -- whenever kids start going to sleep by themselves. (It's gotta happen eventually, right?) In any case, not only will the new parents laugh, they'll be able to relate.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is absolutely fantastic! It makes me laugh every time I read it. I actually bought a copy for my brother and his wife when they had a baby. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Adrien
I am sure most parents can identify with this story at some time during the child rearing years. I know I did.Published 1 day ago by Tom M
If you're in the least bit "sensitive" or prudish you should be able to tell by the title this book isn't for you. Read morePublished 2 days ago by M. Dibble
Great product for new parents (or parents of young children) who have a sense of humor similar to that of the book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hahahahaaha!!! My sister didn't think it was 100% funny when she received this gift, but after long nights of a crying sick baby, I think it was appreciated.Published 3 days ago by Stevie Phillips