Go the F**k to Sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Adam Mansbach, Illustrated by Ricardo Cortes

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 254mm x 10mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0857862650
  • ISBN 13: 9780857862655
  • Edition statement: Main
  • Illustrations note: Fully illustrated throughout
  • Sales rank: 256

Product description

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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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.

Customer reviews

By Adelaide Healy 24 Oct 2013 5

Samuel L. Jackson did a 'book on tape' recording of this book. It had me in tears from laughter.

By Francesca 07 Nov 2011 3

I was really looking forward to this book as I'm a bit of a potty mouth myself but found the overuse of the word a little too much. I personally would have saved it for the last page. Great idea and so true to real life (my memories of my kids anyhow) just not as well executed as it could be. I did laugh out loud about the rest of the book especially about getting drinks, etc. Wouldn't buy it though, got it out the library with a view to buying for a friend but it didn't quite live up to the hype.

By Laura 08 Aug 2011 4

I don't understand some of the reviews. There is nothing even vaguely abusive about this book. It's funny and it rhymes. What's the problem?

By Matthew Langman 31 Jul 2011 1

What does it say about the state of publishing and the reading public that a book as feeble as this is a bestseller? It has only one idea, and that one is so very obvious, so commonplace. We sometimes have dark thoughts about our offspring, especially when chronically sleep deprived or stressed - who would have thought?! Oh, but it's so politically incorrect, so daring, so subversive! Give me a break.

By Caragh Myers 21 Jul 2011 5

Settle down, its a JOKE!! I read this book with some friends (all Mum's and Dads) ... and we were rolling on the floor in fits of laughter!! Well worth a read!!

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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"