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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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"Incredibly appealing." --National Public Radio
"What makes this latest book seductive is not so much its profanity as its articulation of verboten thoughts . . . letting parents off the hook for their self-recrimination and guilt over bedtime seems the most cathartic tonic." --New York Times
"A parenting zeitgeist . . . A phenomenon that has stunned the publishing world and may just redefine the modern 'parenting' market."
"Delightfully obscene." --Newsweek
"Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this deranged book." --The New Yorker
"Perfectly timed, lightly applied touches of profanity are funny. Super funny. It's especially the case when the profanity puts words to common feelings that we aren't really allowed to own up to. Well, in that spirit comes this perfect little picture-book parody." --Booklist
"Its simple genius is that it's written in the inner voice of a tired, scrambling parent and in the style of the books they have to read over and over again, which are also driving them slowly insane." --The Australian
"Adam Mansbach has taken a bold step in writing a book that totally understands an unspoken part of parenthood."
"I can only wish that this book had been written when I was struggling through sleepless nights and ghastly bedtimes with my little dears! I think that any parent with young children will recognize the tone of voice in which this book is written--recognizing the frantic desperation and ever present guilt suffered by parents . . . Go the F*** to Sleep is a refreshing shot of reality." --BlogCritics.org
"Anyone who has ever had a newborn, an infant, a baby, a toddler, a preschooler . . . oh, heck, anyone who has ever known a young child will understand the impetus behind Adam Mansbach's runaway best seller and 'children's book for adults.'" --Shelf Awareness
"Go the F*** To Sleep by Adam Mansbach is probably the best children's book since Goodnight Moon, and it only gets better when read by Samuel L. Jackson." --Huffington Post
"Part of its appeal is the barbed send-up of a normally saccharine genre, but Go the F*** to Sleep is not, at base, a parody. It's more like what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz--a book that tells a familiar story from the perspective of a previously marginalized character."
--New York magazine
"By far the most funny, spot-on, gut-splitting picture book ever written (and that's not hyperbole), Go the F*** to Sleep made me laugh so hard I cried-from more than one orifice . . . Author Adam Mansbach is a genius. Why? Because he tells the truth and does it in such a sneaky creep-up-and-bite-you way." --New York Journal of Books
"The book's underlying message is that today's parents should cut themselves some slack." --Ottawa Citizen
"One book whose buzz began weeks ago and kept rising after its PDFs went viral, the wildly titled Go the F*** to Sleep . . . is still going strong. Dave Mallman, a bookseller at the Next Chapter, called it a 'stroke of genius that irreverently expresses the frustrations all parents face when dealing with our beloved but exasperating children.'" --PW Daily
"Studies have shown that children's sleeping patterns may dictate their parents' functioning, quality of life and marital happiness. And, given how most parents have to deal with a sleepless kid at some point--an issue for which there seem to be few easy solutions--maybe laughing a little to let off steam isn't a half-bad way to deal." --Los Angeles Times
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 Cortés has illustrated books about grass, 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 a shark. To see more of his work, visit: Rmcortes.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you'd still like to enjoy the gist of the book (we've done everything and said everything, and now it's time to GO TO SLEEP!) without the swear words, this is the book for you.
If you'd like the version that's made for adults only, you can get it here: Go the F**k to Sleep.
The outcome of a censored work all depends on how vital the so-called "objectionable" parts were to the original. For example, the safe-for-TV version of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is still enjoyable, because even after you overdub the film's only two swears and shorten the violent frames, you're still left with a great adventure movie. But when they tried censoring "Scarface" for TV, the result was a hilarious failure. That's because the extremism of it all is precisely what makes Scarface, "Scarface". You simply can't censor it without butchering it. It's strictly an adult movie, not for children or prudes, period. You may as well print an all-text version of Playboy magazine.
It's the same thing with the original #1 New York Times bestseller "Go the [word that Amazon won't let me post] to Sleep", and this censored re-work of it. I spotted "Seriously, Just Go To Sleep" in the store, flipped through it, and was appalled. The magic of the "F" word is what MADE the original book WORK! That simple contrast of American English's most blunt and verboten word, with the innocence of a children's book, is precisely what made the book what it was. Sure it was one-dimensional humor, but it worked. It ultimately spoke to parents who know that frustration of getting a child to go to sleep, and it expressed what these parents really want to say some nights, but obviously can't.
So why oh why would you take that all away? If it's a children's bedtime book you're looking for, there are thousands of other choices out there. Otherwise, it's like trying to buy your family that TV version of "Scarface", or serving Dixie cups of non-alcoholic beer for your kids' birthday party -- what's the point?
Adam Mansbach rocked the social media world with his now classic picture book for adults called Go the F*** to Sleep. Anyone who has had to put a child to bed could relate to that bone tired, desperate exhaustion of the adult whose child simply refuses to go to bed, no matter what. You can anticipate every argument the child has to give. One of my favorite parts is when the child is finally asleep and the parents prepare to sit down with their microwave popcorn to watch a movie. As soon as the microwave beeps that the popcorn is done, the child is up again. The parent just gives up and they all try again to go to sleep.
That original version, of course, as not appropriate to read to children, considering its language. So, Mansbach decided to clean up the language and republish his tale as a children's story. The illustrations by Ricardo Cortes are vibrant and just as much fun as in the original, as they are the same.
My only issue with reading this book to children is the fear that it could encourage them to not sleep. A skilled reader, though, would be able to turn it into a challenge for kids and trick them into going to sleep quickly. This is a fun one.
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A gag gift for my brother and his family they seemed happy with it so I would recommendPublished 25 days ago by casey evans
I received this as a gift at my baby shower (for my now almost two year old) IN ADDITION to the original version. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jen S
Item delivered on time and as described (NEW)! Good trio of books. FUNNY!Published 3 months ago by Richard williams
Very cute book sounds like my nights when trying to lay my two girls down.
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This would have been quite funny had the swear words been includedPublished 6 months ago by T. Houston