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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an endearing book and this g-rated version is sure to please adults and kids alike. For me, it's not nearly as funny as the original, but many people found the original version offensive due to the language, so this version is great for reading with your kids.

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While I thoroughly the adult version of this book, I was curious to see what the kid version would look like. I can safely say that Seriously, Just Go to Sleep is very kid friendly and one I think all kids will enjoy. The illustrations are done really well and really help enhance the story. I read this to my son, who has a lot of trouble staying in bed at times and he got a kick out of the book. If you are looking for a good bedtime story, pick this one up and read it to the kids. I think you will both enjoy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
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I love the original and was very excited to get the version I could actually read to my children. My son (4.5) understands and gets the sarcasm. He tries to refrain from smiling b/c he also understands it is poking fun at him. So while he knows it's kind of funny (not as funny as the original) he wants to be indignant about it. My daughter (3) truly enjoys me joking that she should be asleep now. Both love telling me no they are not asleep and picking up on the story by asking for water and wanting to go to the bathroom. They both enjoy it being read as a bedtime story but it is my pick when given a choice they never choose this one, so I think it's more fun for me than them, but that's ok sometimes.
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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When censoring is used to create a "safe" version of some creative work, one of two things will happen: either the end product remains enjoyable, or it pathetically fails. This book is an example of the latter.

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?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
[This review also appears on Andi's Kids Books.]

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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on February 26, 2015
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If you a parent you will love this book. If you know a parent buy this for them(or buy it's counterpart, though don't let them read that one to their kids). This one is safe to read to your kids. You will probably have a lot of laughs reading it's counterpart for yourself. This one you will too, but there is no cursing in this one. Read this to your child when you are frustrated with them. It will certainly make you feel better. It's the greatest children's book in the world. Also buy the counterpart. It's the greatest adult children's book in the world. This is basically the same book as "Go the F*** to Sleep", however I look at it like this. "Seriously, Just Go To Sleep" is what you actually tell them, but "Go the F*** to Sleep" is what you really want to tell them. And you will be glad you purchased both. One book to politely(well sorta) tell them to go to sleep and the other to vent when you are done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2014
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I bought the edited version as well as the unedited for both myself and my son-- these books are just adorable. I love them.
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on November 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love this series, I think what got me hooked was hearing Samuel L. Jackson read the first one. Since then all these read in my head with his voice and it's just perfect! Looking forwards to seeing many more, just wish saying ti worked! I don't have kids but babysit all the time and sometimes you really just wish the little $#@!s would sleep. I think I recite this litany myself all the time, wonder if someone reading it to me would make me nod off? They're so close to the real, repetitive, noisome junk ( I refuse to read dr seuss, ever, ever. not happening) that we get forced to read! The tongue in cheek approach is perfect!
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on May 4, 2014
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OK, I love tongue in cheek stuff but, honestly, I didn't want to hurt little bedtime ears with the "f" word and other bad language in the original version of this book. This modified version is great and the lovely illustrations make it fun reading for both parent and child (But, mostly parents it seems in my house). Nevertheless, why be bored with bedtime stories moms and dads? At least you'll be entertained with your kid reading this one.
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on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I have this on my kindle and is a great read when the littles just won't go to sleep! I have the uncensored version too, but can't read it to them until they're older ;-)
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