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Go the Fuck to Sleep - Adam Mansbach

Go the Fuck to Sleep

By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (Illustrator)


Published: 11th July 2011
For Ages: 18+ years old
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RRP $17.95

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 F**k 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.

Praise for Go the F**k to Sleep:

The language? WTF! This hilarious, politically incorrect book is totally correct about the feelings of sleepless, brain-dead parents.
— Mem Fox

A children’s book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud—hilarious!
— David Byrne

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 F**k 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 Broyard, author of One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life

About the Author

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 is the 2010-2011 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 the O'Reilly Factor and CNN. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is working on a book about the history of Coca-Cola and cocaine.


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By Terri

from Sydney, Australia

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers

    Comments about Go the Fuck to Sleep:

    I have bought at least 6 copies of this book during the past 12 months or so to give as a gift to friends who are pregnant or have a young baby. It makes everyone laugh. Everyone can relate to the things happening in the book. This book makes a fantastic unusual gift. I absolutely love it and so will anyone who reads it.

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    very good book - entertaining

    By Nelly the Know it all

    from Sydney, AU

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      Comments about Go the Fuck to Sleep:

      Very good as a gift

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      Excellent delivery - very quick

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      The cats nestle close to their kittens,
      The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
      You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear.
      Please go the f**k to sleep.

      The windows are dark in the town, child.
      The whales huddle down in the deep.
      I’ll read you one very last book if you swear
      You’ll go the f**k to sleep.

      The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest
      And the creatures who crawl, run, and creep.
      I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullshit. Stop lying.
      Lie the f**k down, my darling, and sleep.

      ISBN: 9781921758843
      ISBN-10: 1921758848
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 18+ years old
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 32
      Published: 11th July 2011
      Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 16.5
      Weight (kg): 21.2