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Go the F**k to Sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés

Go the Fk 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 probably should not read it to your children.

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 fk 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 fk 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 fk down, my darling, and sleep.

Other press:

Watch Adam’s interview with Channel 7’s Sunrise.

Read Noni Hazlehurst's comments in the Age.

Listen to Adam’s interview with Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National Breakfast.

Or listen to Samuel L. Jackson or Werner Herzog reading this hilariously wicked bedtime story…

A year on…read Adam Mansbach’s article about his year on the bestseller lists.

About the Authors
Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach’s novels include The End of the Jews (winner of the California Book Award), Angry Black White Boy, Rage is Back and The Dead Run. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Believer, Granta, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Mansbach's 2011 picture book Go the Fuck to Sleep was an...

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Ricardo Cortés 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, New York, where he is...

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6 July 2011
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Praise for Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés
andGo the F**k to Sleep

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

‘Clever, funny and cathartic, parents and babysitters alike will love it.’ 4 stars

‘Filled with the same humour and exasperation as the first, [Seriously, Just Go to Sleep] will have you snickering.’

‘There might be some parents who don’t relate to this book. But not many.’

‘Anyone who has ever struggled to put a child to bed will find solace in this “children’s book for parents”…Order it now.’

‘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.’

Other editions ofGo the F**k to Sleep
  • Go the F**k to Sleep
    ISBN: 9781921834981
    11 July 2011
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