Go the F**k to Sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

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by Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes

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"Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this."
--The New Yorker

"A parenting zeitgeist"
--Washington Post

"A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep."
--National Public Radio

"A new Bible for weary

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"Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this."
--The New Yorker

"A parenting zeitgeist"
--Washington Post

"A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep."
--National Public Radio

"A new Bible for weary parents"
--New York Times

"Resonates powerfully with almost everyone"
--Boston Globe

"Go the F*** to Sleep challenges stereotypes, opens up prototypes, and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling(s) to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own."
--Midwest Book Review

Go the F*** 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, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity.

With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the F*** to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children.

Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, a children's book inspired by Go the F*** to Sleep and appropriate for kids of all ages, is forthcoming from Akashic Books in April 2012 and available NOW for pre-order.

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Go the F**k to Sleep 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 812 reviews.
ptalarczyk More than 1 year ago
I am writing this largely to balance out the first reviewer's harsh, humorless remarks. The first reviewer (anonymous) posted that the book will only be read by ignorant people and that the publisher should re-think publication. I would like to point out that if one were to actually read the review from the publisher, they actually recommend this book not be read to children. The sample verses are funny and remind me of other joke children's books such as "Daddy Drinks because you Cry." I hope the author and publisher continue this into a series that grows up with the kids including titles "Go the F*** to school already" and "Pre-Teen Girls, Stop dressing like Wh**es"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who have called this "abusive" and "disgusting" you are actually missing the whole point not to mention you are either not parents, overly medicated, or liars. The point of this book, if you would have taken the time to read some of the statements made by the author, is to remind parents that we all go through the frustrations of parenting and the strain of getting our kids to cooperate. Though we have this inner dialog in our mind screaming for that 15 minutes of peace that we get when they go to sleep and we have a few minutes to wind down, we still have to suck it up and read that story to them because we are PARENTS! If you do not have a child, your opinion holds no value on the matter, if you do have children then you are either a liar if you state that you have never felt this frustration, or i suggest you go to the doctor and reduce your medication as you have become in-humanly disengaged from reality. The author states that this is a bedtime book for adults not children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clearly you do not have children. Signed, A chronically sleep-deprived parent of a very strong-willed toddler who finds this book hilarious.
nmshanahan More than 1 year ago
Somehow I received the whole book in an email as a pdf. I almost peed my pants, I've preorder 3 of these (free shipping). Obviously this book is ONLY for those with a sense of HUMOR. My youngest child is 11 and my oldest is 18, I'm getting copies to put away for when they become parents. If you are offended easily don't even open this book, for everyone else, laugh away!
SandrasEnd More than 1 year ago
I can hardly wait for this book to come out. As the mother of 4 sons I have SOOOOO been there!
LaughingGranmum More than 1 year ago
As a grandmother of 7, I can't stop laughing! So true; so funny! Wish I'd had this over 40 years ago when my kids were small - it would have provided some comic relief to a desperate Mother. Yesterday one grandson pulled the sleepless nap routine for 1.5 hrs until I finally gave up all hope! I'm reserving books for the whole family! Enjoy the read; if you don't enjoy it, maybe somebody needs a nap! You.
parent_of_one More than 1 year ago
I read this book while standing in the store and was literally laughing out loud! I've been blessed to have a child who sleeps through the night and has been doing so since he was three weeks old (he's now eight months), but there are still moments when he's so tired he refuses to go to bed. This has been said several times already in the reviews, but to those of you who think this book is "disgusting," "abusive," or compared it to pedophilia, you have obviously not actually read it. The author states that it is an ADULT'S nursery rhyme, not meant for children. As an ADULT, I found it hilarious. As a child, I probably wouldn't have known what was going on except that my parents were frustrated and wanted me to go to bed. It's television shows that parents watch with their kids around, and the language that just "slips out" when a child is around, that have degraded society enough that they would even know that they are being cursed at (or what a curse word is, for that matter!) So, to reiterate: The book, for ADULTS, is hilarious and is not meant for the literal minded people who would read it to their children. Got it? :)
Pope_Phred More than 1 year ago
I appreciated the humor this short book, but cannot recommend this on the Nook Color, since it does not display in landscape, which compresses the artwork, which diminishes the impact of the joke, leaving me dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will anxiously await the version for teenage kids titled "Wake the f**k up!" Love it!
TattooedCricket More than 1 year ago
I, too, received this book in PDF form and I couldn't believe it was an actual, soon-to-be-released book! I thought it was hysterical and have been telling every parent or caregiver that I know about it - and yes, I know a mom that actually did pee their pants when they read it. I would like to second ptarlarczyk's idea for a continuing series! It's humor that reminded much of the "Three Martini" series, only more succint and well illustrated. OF COURSE functional parents wouldn't read this to their small children - that would be like letting them watch Family Guy just because it's animated. And yes, if you were to actually speak to your children like that, it would be abuse - but that's the difference between being a true parent with some self-control and a piece of trash that shouldn't have kids. It's called inner dialogue, people, and we all have it. I agree with the other reviewers - if you don't "get" the humor in this, then you are either someone who has never engaged in the bed-time dance while vehemently wishing you could just have 10 minutes of peace and quiet, or you should seek medical attention - IMMMEDIATELY - to have that large pole removed from your rectum. To the Anonymous first viewer, the comparison of a universal joke amongst weary parents to pedophilia makes me wonder about your own superego - how does one make that jump in logic? I wonder, do you have such scathing opinions about Bill Cosby's standup comedy from way back when, or Chris Rock's brilliant television series "Everybody Hates Chris"? It is not a new thing to poke fun at the frustrations of parenting.
CoCo-in-Wonderland More than 1 year ago
As the mother of 3 ages 27,21 & 16 AND "Ama-momma" to 2- 2 & 3 yr granddaughters, why didnt anyone write this book BEFORE??????? I will be buying a stack! I hope its #1 on the new york times best sellers list for 99 weeks! For those of you whom think its abusive in any way, get a grip & grow a sense of humor! As a parent you realize after your first month of parenting that to get through the next 20 yrs you better have a pretty good sense of humor or an ample supply of good wine! I went with the humor, Im the mom LOL I wouldnt spend that much on myself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just listened to Samuel L. Jackson's reading of "Go the F**k to Sleep" and I just want to say to anyone who disapproves of this book or doesn't see the humor in it: Obviously (a) you are not a parent; (b) you have never been in contact with a parent; or (c) you are a parent of a Stepford child. Of course I can't imagine any parent actually reading this book to a child. (DUH!!) It was never meant to be a children's book. (DUH, again!!) However, if you are, or ever have been, a parent of a REAL child, and you are truly honest with yourself, you have to admit that it says exactly what you've thought at least once in your life. Kudos to Adam Mansbach; I wish I'd come up with the idea for this brilliantly funny book.
MYhumbleOPINION More than 1 year ago
Really? For those of you who think this is soooo horrible and it will never be on school sheves.....well...duh!!! really??? OF COURSE NOT!!!! I doubt that the author wrote this book for children. What I really think, is that this book was directed towards parents of kids who JUST WON'T GO TO SLEEP!!! A parent who reads this and has naughty little buggers at home who will find every excuse to stay awake, this will for sure give them a fabulous laugh. As a mom of two, I GET IT...it lightens up the pressure of being a parent who from time to time gets frustrated with the daily grind. DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK THAT THIS IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD BE READING TO YOUR KIDS???? NOOOOOOOOO..... I doubt that any good parent would consider doing that. Maybeeeee when they turn 18??? hahhaaa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay first off to all you critics if you didnt like the title of the book why did you bother opening and reading the book? Obviously you were interested. Also, if you knew anything about the book or author you would know this book isn't meant for kids its for adults so obviously it will never be in schools. You people really need to loosen up as someone stated earlier if you have kids be real with yourself you have had these thoughts at some point or another. I have a one year old and have been sleep deprived since before he was born I can certainly relate to this book. These are feelings that I would never display to my child because I love him dearly and he is worth every night of little sleep but this book is meant to make you laugh about it. So grow up and get over yourself I promise your not perfect at some point you have had these thoughts.
natural_mom_of_3 More than 1 year ago
this is exactly what you're thinking as you approach hour 1,687,912 of bedtime. the desperation you feel is captured perfectly in this hilarious book :)
Dawn Yurescko More than 1 year ago
I heard the free audio version before I bought it so of course the dulcet tones of Samuel L Jackson's voice played along in my head as I read the Nook version. Very cute in a guilty pleasure kind of way and having a little one in the terrible twos I can totally relate! The only bummer is it's not formatted like other picture books so you don't get the full effect of the contrast between the pictures and the story. It's orientation is portrait instead of landscape and the adorable pictures are so small that they are hard to see. 10 gold stars for the author and zero for the idiot that formatted this for Nook color. Let this be a lesson to always look at the sample first.
Kostyal More than 1 year ago
This had my friends and I laughing so hard! Without a sense of humor, kids and parents wouldn't survive each other, so laugh about things when you can. :-)
Eve92 More than 1 year ago
How can you be offended when you CLEARLY can see the book title? This very funny and OBVIOUSLY for grown ups! Read it and pee.
Jemmys-Mommy More than 1 year ago
Tears down the face funny! I could have written this book as I have said nearly verbatim (inner dialogue, of course) some of the pages in this book., I have actually said the "day care" line on more than a few occasions. A refreshingly honest portrayal of parents' frustrations at bed time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who says this book is offensive is lying. Every parent, no matter who you are, has wished to say this to their child after two hours of putting them down to sleep. Thank you Adam Mansbach for putting into words what I can't tell my son.
ReaderCT More than 1 year ago
This lis LOL funny for those of us with real children and normal approaches to parenthood and humor. What goes through your mind, and doesn't come out your mouth, is what keeps us sane until they grow into adults. if you haven't had this conversation with yourself, something is odd about your perspective on life. Loved it!
Char Leon Mary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Love the book and also love the Samual L Jackson version online.
Whitney Beach More than 1 year ago
It is a joke. Let me guess, you have a problem with Harry Potter too? B&N does not publish the book or illustrate the book. If you do not want to read it than don't. I on the other hand will...because it is funny and oh so true. God help your over sensitive children and your nonexistant sense of humor. Great book. End of story.
Valerie Beltran More than 1 year ago
If you take yourself a little too seriously, or sanitize your kids hand every 4mins, don't read this book. It's not for you! Even if you omit the swear words, the message is the same. Parents at their last thread with sleeplessness. I got a chuckle out of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the funniest books I've read!!