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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, was his inspiration for Go the F*** to Sleep.
Ricardo Cortes has illustrated books about marijuana (It's Just a Plant), electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, Chinese food, and A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola. 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.
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That being said...This is a totally F-ing amazing book! It's real, overworked, frustrated beyond belief, about to loose your mind at 3am, inner parent monologue. I originally bought it for a friend who was having some serious issues getting her little one to sleep. She called me after one particularly rough night & thanked me profusely for giving her the book. I guess it's nice to know that you're not alone in your child's bedtime struggles. It may not actually be all your fault and you may have a relatively normal child & are not in fact a horrible parent. A little laughter, and vulgar support, can go an awfully long way. I've since given it as a gift many times. I plan on continuing to gift it as long as the people around me continue to not learn from the couple before them and keep having babies. Who then refuse to sleep. And so on & so forth.
*If you haven't already you MUST Google the celebrity reads of this book! Jennifer Garner & Samuel L. Jackson are laugh out loud funny. Samuel L. Jackson should narrate a book for every single stage of life, from being born to the grave. We'd come in & go out laughing! This book is one that will be shared from one exhausted, fed up, delusional, red eyed, sleep deprived parent to another. 'Cause sometimes all you can do is F-ing laugh. At yourself and at each other. Also, the pictures are really beautiful.
Time for Bed was a wonderful book, too. But now that my kids are grown, I know that it's OK to be completely candid about how AWFUL it was to get them to go to sleep and how you just wanted to throttle them sometimes. Not that you would, but you did want to scream to "Go the **** to Sleep!" To read the book with the kids now is a total scream. We were all chocking on tears of laughter. We laughed again when watching Jennifer Garner and Samuel L. Jackson read it on YouTube.
I love to give this book AS A PAIR with Time for Bed to let new parents know they're not crazy or bad parents for feeling like a failure or for having negative thoughts about their kids every once in a while.
And while it's obviously a gag book our girls love the censored version I read to them and ask for the 'fun to sleep book'.
I like it, the kids like it, and it helps them get to sleep. It's a keeper.
The f word is not my word. I figured you could always replace it with Smurf and get the same results... well... not so much in bed... unless you are a Smurf. That said, with three ADHD boys and a fairly active girl, my inner self and my attempting to be good mommy self, were at war at bedtime. My children MUST read this (they are adults now). I SO relate!
I plan to buy the real book. The one I have is from the library. But I, also, have the Audible version with Samuel L. Jackson reading it. When I finished reading, my eyes were streaming with tears and I wanted to share this with everyone I know! I have never laughed so hard! (Too many !!!!s?)
Every parent owes it to themselves to have this book and enjoy it often!
BTW, after my reading the library copy, I went ahead and bought the paperback AND the Kindle version. A person needs a laugh every now and then. And if you find it funny, you are, also, VERY grateful to have survived those long sleepless years!