Go the F**k to Sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

By (author) Adam Mansbach , Illustrated by Ricardo Cortes


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Go the F**k 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 Cortés, Go the Fuck to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny. A book for parents new, old, and expectant. You should NOT, however, read it to your children.

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  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 198 x 254 x 10mm | 140.61g
  • 16 Jun 2011
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • Main
  • Fully illustrated throughout
  • 0857862650
  • 9780857862655
  • 257

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Author Information

Adam Mansbach's novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the bestselling 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, Poets & Writers, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is the 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 CNN and FOX News. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is working on a book about the history of coffee, cocaine, and Coca-Cola.

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"* 'Total genius.' - Jonathan Lethem, father of two, author of MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN * 'A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud-hilarious!' - David Byrne, father of one, musician, artist * 'This is the most honest children's book ever written. And it's f*cking hilarious.' - A.J. Jacobs, father of three, author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY * 'I wish this book had been around during my daughter's overly protracted sleep rituals! Finally, someone tells it like it really is. This is no-guilt funny and a godsend!' - Cristina Garcia, mother of one, author of THE LADY MATADOR'S HOTEL * 'Go the Fuck to Sleep is the secret anthem of tired parents everywhere. Adam Mansbach's homage to the tropes of bedtime stories is pitch perfect, and Ricardo Cortes's stunning illustrations will keep grown-ups and kids alike returning to these pages again and again!' - Bliss Boyard, author of ONE DROP: MY FATHER'S HIDDEN LIFE"

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Customer reviews

Love it!

Some of you have obviously misplaced your sense of humour!! This book is lighthearted and funny and in know way meant to be used as a tool to get your kids to sleep! As for parenting advise from other reviewers what a joke! I love this book, dont swear at my children and infact never let them know my frustration even though miss five has not slept a night through since she was born! I quiet often put her back to bed for the millionth time and curse "go the F***k to sleep" when I return to my bed/lounge. Lighten up people :)show more
by Renai


Dear Pathetic, Hahahahahahah what? I don't know if you have read the book, but it is a joke aimed at adults. You won't find it in the parenting section. Oh my, your post has given me such a giggle on an otherwise boring day, thanks.show more
by Ali


How pathetic that someone had to title a book as such... It is easy to get your kids to go to sleep (in many cases). After 6-12 weeks (the parent can be the best judge of when) put the child in a room at the other end of the house and let them cry themselves to sleep. (Be careful they are not crying for other reasons, obviously, but with so many stupid people, this needs to be said.) Many people have used this simple technique and it works great. After two night they will be straight to sleep -- well, that was our experience and the experience of many others who have used it.show more
by Liz Ward


@Sheri, Mansbach simply wrote a book illustrating the frustration with getting a child to go to sleep. It represents many parents frustrations on the issue, and although many parents may not say "Go the F#%* to sleep" directly to their child or children, many may have thought it. So, finally a book comes out that many parents can relate too & possibly have a laugh at. It dosnt mean they dont love their children, or dont see them as a blessing. Sometimes parents get worn down too, its called being Human. Not every human is like you. So good on you for not getting worn down enough to the point you just wished your child would go the f to sleep. Would you rather he yelled at the child, and resorted to violence or wrote this book? Mansbach channelled the frustration. If he was the only one who experienced this for himself, the book would not have been published. Its far from what you say it is... 'disgusting, filthy, nasty, and bordering on child abuse' (Shari 2011). Its not a childs book. Its an adults book classified as humour. Humour isnt for everyone is it. You said "Deal with it" and "Wah Grow Up", maybe Mansbachs next book can be about children coming to their parents with problems and their mother can tell them to 'deal with it themselves' and to 'Wah, Grow Up'. Review: So for my review, Mansbach was able to capture the essence of one of many parental frustration of an adults mind, and illustrate this under the guise of a childs book. You have to have a sense of humour to relate and appreciate the book. Well done, and well overdue.show more
by Katy


I think this is the most horrible disgusting book i have ever read. It borders on child abuse. You should never refer to a child in those terms ever. There are so many people out there that wishes their child would wake up, there are those that have lost children and those that can never have children, do you think they would appreciate a filthy nasty book berating a child for not going to sleep. So it inconvenienced you because your child kept you awake. Wah, grow up. I would never think that about my children. Every minute they were awake was a joy to me, even in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning. My children were always a blessing. I just can`t comprehend a grown man writing this book about an innocent little child. Maybe you shouldn`t have had any children if you can`t deal with a few sleepless nights. Deal with it.show more
by sherri