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Go the F**k to Sleep

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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 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.

Extract

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 fuck down, my darling, and sleep.

Reviews

“Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is
approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this.” –The
New Yorker

“A parenting zeitgeist” –Washington Post

“A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go
to sleep.”–National Public Radio

“A new Bible for weary parents” –New York Times

“Resonates powerfully with almost everyone” –Boston Globe

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 was 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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Specification: Go the F**k to Sleep

Release date NZ

August 1st, 2011

Author

Adam Mansbach

Collections

Australia Gorilla Picks Items with Attitude

Audience

General (US: Trade)

Country of Publication

Australia

Imprint

The Text Publishing Company

Pages

32

Dimensions

164x214x9

ISBN-13

9781921758843

All-time sales rank

Top 100

Product ID

10514222

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  1. Stephen

    Delivery was SPEEEEEDY. Baby was sleeping……5*

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  2. Rebecca

    Pant wet tingly funny. Love it love it love it.

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  3. David

    Look up and YouTube celeb reading this and you’ll want it straight away.

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  4. James

    Brought for my mother and she loved it! She said anyone who has children can relate to most or all of what is said in the book. Thumbs up

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  5. Sandra

    Warning, this is actually not for kids but rather for parents who need a bit of a laugh

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  6. Skye

    This is absolute gold! As a parent of three little monst…er…darlings, I found myself thinking this on more than one occasion when they were babies. It is definately NOT a children’s book but something more for Mum and Dad to remind them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and they WILL go the f**k to sleep eventually 🙂

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  7. Matthew

    I’ve read this book to my daughter for awhile now, and I have to SAY, IT WORKS! Not only is she going to sleep faster, but her language skills are improving at school. I get calls about her language all the time from her teachers which really is an amazing thing. All n all great book!

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  8. Alaina

    This book is so funny I love it!

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  9. Sarah

    I gifted this to a friend of mine who is pregnant. She loves it. It may help with her future sleepless nights.

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  10. charles

    This book is absolutely hilarious! I gave it to my sister as a Christmas gift and she loved it!

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  11. Lisa

    Love this book. Finally, a book for adults that tells it how it really is when you have a child that doesn’t sleep.

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  12. Kylie

    This book is so funny love it

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  13. Stacey

    Looks amazing, was so pleased the book came in hard cover. I know my friend will love this; I’ve already given her a ‘useable’ gift; I know this will give her and get husband a great laugh on the nights. This is very much the kind if humor we have together, and honestly couldn’t be more impressed with delivery time and quality of the book.

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  14. Margaret

    My partner and I enjoyed the book, its definitely not for the kids but read it aloud and the laughter will follow.

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  15. Melanie

    I dont have kids but I can imagine how hard it is to get then to go to sleep, and the frustration that this book portrays

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  16. Penny

    I’m feeling really sleepy…maybe I’ll go the F**k to Sleep!

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  17. Alastair

    It’s a good laugh.

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  18. Lynette

    The book is a pleasant surprise and warms the soul of parents that can easily relate to this book. I found myself with a huge smile when I finished this book.

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  19. Judith

    A bitingly accurate, laugh-out-loud funny look inside the mind of a frustrated parent at bedtime. Its gentle rhymes and lovely illustrations, perfectly reminiscent of a children’s story, sit strikingly against the very adult language and themes of the poem. An absolute must-have for every parent.

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  20. Belinda

    I bought this book and it is horrible. While I have children who don’t sleep and who try all the tricks in the book, I find the swearing really over the top – just grates with me. So if you aren’t keen on reading the same F word on every page, then I wouldn’t bother buying this book. But if you want a laugh and you like gratuitous swearing then go for it!!

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  21. Christie

    After spending an hour putting your kids to bed, reading this finds the funny side.

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  22. Steven

    I bought this as a joke for my parents based on the extract given in the description but when I read it I felt it focused too much on the swearing and didn’t really stay funny. There will be people who think it’s hilarious but unfortunately not me

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  23. Andy

    Great book, so fun to read

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  24. Judy-Ann

    So farking funny, worth it for the sheer honesty!

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  25. Andrew

    Seriously this works! I would totally play the samual L Jackson to him!

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  26. sonya

    Funny and amazing, what parents really think when their child won’t sleep!

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  27. Madeline

    This book is a must-have for people with a good sense of humour. Obviously your child won’t be able to read it, but I found it very entertaining for parents and teenagers, and a great conversation starter too. Well worth purchasing!

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  28. Melanie

    Perfectly worded, completely politically incorrect but will strike a chord with parents and carers who have had the battle of getting little ones off to sleep. Absolutely brilliant!

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  29. Anne

    It would be impossible not to relate to this book if you have had a child. Even if you are not a parent the difficulties and frustrations of getting a child to bed and asleep will make you laugh.

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  30. Sara

    Hilarious book that any parent can relate to, just as funny if you don’t have kids though. Highly recommend

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  31. Mel

    This is hilarious and very well written although my mum was horrified

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  32. luke

    A great read, very funny. Worth it

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  33. Chris

    Buy it! Love it! and try really hard to do a Samuel L Jackson voice when you read it.

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  34. Vanessa

    A must read book!

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  35. ANNETTE

    Still have a chuckle every time I think about it.

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  36. Justin

    Had my wife and I in tears the whole book. I’m sure the author lives in my head.

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  37. Rose

    Love it. Reading it in a Samuel L Jackson voice is great fun!

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  38. Kirstin

    This book is fantastic! It’s not so called “PC” but hey, it makes a parent see the light, funny side to those little buggers night time stall tactics that ALL parents have faced. A book that helps you see the funny side of bed time, now when my son keeps coming out, I have found myself smiling, and thinking…Ah yes! I know what your doing…I know others share the same problems come night time. So good to have a book that you can relate to, recall your own memories, and although I never said it to my children GOD KNOWS I wanted to!!!! Recommended for every new parent with a sense of humour.

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  39. Danielle

    I bought this book for my father who is having another child, mostly to laugh at him a little bit about what he has got in store for him over the next few years. He phone me up saying that he was reading the book while tending to a screaming infant. It made him laugh. If I only bought the book for that reason then it was completely worth it and every parent of an under 5 should have one!

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  40. Lucy

    Loved it!!, definatly not for the kids but is a great laugh, reminds me of getting my child to bed 🙂

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  41. Gabrielle

    This book is a phenomena, and very funny, but why buy it when you can get to watch the book being read to you by Samuel L Jackson on youtube-

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  42. Susan

    This book is irreverant and hilarious, every parent needs a copy in thier bookshelf. We all need to laugh at ourselves sometime, and as a parent and an early childhood teacher I think the nutters who say it should be banned in New Zealand should get a life and a sense of humour. So go on step outside the square and buy yourself a brilliant, out there, controversial book, that I’m sure you will love.

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  43. liam

    Exceeded expectations. Hilarious and so so true.

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  44. kathy

    Brought as a gift and can’t wait to get one myself and the other two in the series 😀

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  45. Lauren

    This is a great pressent for new parents.

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  46. Caryn

    Such a great book, not recommended for children, but adults will love this!

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