Synopses & Reviews
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 Cortes, Go the F**k to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny — a book for parents new, old, and expectant.
Here is a sample verse:
The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
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.
You probably should not read it to your children.
"This is the most honest children's book ever written. And it's f*cking hilarious." A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
"Total genius." Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn
"A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud — hilarious!" David Byrne, musician, father of one
"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, author of The Lady Matador's Hotel, mother of one
"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 Boyard, author of One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life
A bedtime book for parents who live in the real world.
A gift book for parents that will have them laughing even as they cry.
About the Author
Adam Mansbach's daughter, Vivien, is two and a half. His novels include The End of the Jews
, winner of the California Book Award, and the bestselling 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 Boston Globe
, the Believer
, the Los Angeles Times
, and elsewhere. Mansbach's forthcoming projects include a graphic novel, Nature of the Beast
, and an as-yet untitled novel co-written with the director Robert Rodriguez. He is the 2010-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. This is his first children's book. You probably should not read it to actual children, and if you do, he cannot be held legally responsible.
Ricardo Cortes has illustrated books about 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 CNN and FOX News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.