Title: Go the Fuck to Sleep
Author: Adam Mansbach
Illustrator: Ricardo Cortes
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Go the Fuck 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, it captures the familiar—and unspoken—tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the Fuck to Sleep is a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children.” (description from Goodreads)
Many people have heard this story all over the internet by now. I’ve heard it myself (the version read by Samuel L. Jackson), but it’s been awhile. Getting the chance to read it in print (well, ebook form) was a nice way to revisit it.
Go the Fuck to Sleep is a great children’s book…for adults. It’s written in the same rhyming, picture coupled with a few lines of verse style that many great children’s books are written in, but adds a subtle difference. It’s not just the F word. The story itself tells of a parent trying to get their kid to go to sleep, but finally realizes, it’s just no use. It’s a great realistic and comedic book that any adult, parent or not, can appreciate…if they don’t mind the “adult language” used throughout.
I’m very glad I picked up a copy of this one.
About the Author:
Mansbach is the founding editor of the pioneering ’90s hip hop journal Elementary, and a former Artistic Consultant to Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, The New York Times, Vibe, JazzTimes, Wax Poetics, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Guilt & Pleasure, Poets & Writers, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop (Basic Civitas, 2007), The Best Music Writing (Da Capo, 2004), and elsewhere. He also writes a weekly political column for NewsOne.com.
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