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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.




A relevant read for young parents- I could relate to the entire story.

Nsw Australia


Great book that really encompasses feelings of parents.


Bought for a gift, now need my own!



Have never been dissapointed with any books i have purchased


It was a gift for our daughters baby that is due in march, something to put under the Christmas tree.

Darlington Victoria 3271


For new parents with a sense of humour


This book is well written and what every parent/adult have probably thought of at least once in their child's life. For 18+





Very funny book a lot of laughs

adelaide sa


Brilliant and hilarious.


I love this book. It's so funny and the way it deals with the eternal struggle of putting a child to bed, and the soul crushing disappointment when they just, won't... It's great! I'd contemplate reading this to my own children if they annoyed me enough.





So so funny best read

Bunbury WA australia


Total Hilarity


The book made a fantastic gift that was greatly appreciated



True sentiments


It is what it says it is. Babies love the reading voice anyway, but if they are learning new words everyday, might not be the best thing to buy. Unfortunately my boy laughs when I read it, so for making him go to sleep, it's not the best thing.



Great gift for adults


Great present for new parents

Newcastle NSW


Go the Fuck to Sleep

4.9 14


`The books has been described as the most honest children's book ever, and I couldn't agree more...being able to laugh, instead of cry, through those long waking nights can only be a healthy thing.' * Daily Telegraph * 'Anyone who has ever struggled to put a child to bed will find solace in this "children's book for parents"...Order it now.' * Canberra Times * 'There might be some parents who don't relate to this book. But not many.' -- Noni Hazlehurst `Filled with the same humour and exasperation as the first, [Seriously, Just Go to Sleep] will have you snickering.' * Practical Parenting * `Clever, funny and cathartic, parents and babysitters alike will love it.' 4 stars * Big Issue * 'The language? WTF! This hilarious, politically incorrect book is totally correct about the feelings of sleepless, brain-dead parents.' -- Mem Fox

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
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 16.4  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1