Synopses & Reviews
"Now there's a version, complete with more of the gorgeous, yet weirdly subversive illustrations. The best part? It's still funny. The rhythms, the plodding rhymes, the illustrations, the clever play on the overused trope of the world at bedtime -- they all work together to take Seriously, Just Go to Sleep
beyond parody and into the realm where good children's books belong: things that parents, and children, can honestly come to from different places and enjoy together. I can imagine reading Seriously, Go to Sleep
nightly, and even to the point where you're begging the child to choose something else (the ultimate compliment for a picture book) and yet still finding something to enjoy. It captures a different 'zeitgeist' of modern parenting."
--New York Times
"From the team that touched off the irreverent humor trend Go the F**k to Sleep, author Adam Mansbach and illustrator Ricardo Cortes, comes a new kid-friendly version of their instant comic classic. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep brings children in on the joke, helping them understand their own tactics and why their parents just want them to go . . . to sleep."
Critical success for the original Go the F*** to Sleep, a #1 best seller at: New York Times, Amazon.com, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and many more!
Seriously, Just Go to Sleep is the G-rated, traditional-sized, children's version of the book every parent has been talking about. Go the F*** to Sleep, the picture book for adults, became a cultural sensation by striking a universal chord for parents. Now, Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortand#233;s reunite with Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, inviting the children themselves in on the joke. As parents know, kids are well aware of how difficult they can be at bedtime. With Cortand#233;s's updated illustrations (including a cameo appearance by Samuel L. Jackson, who narrated the audio book version of Go the F*** to Sleep) and Mansbach's new child-appropriate narrative, the book allows kids to recognize their tactics, giggle at their own mischievousness, and empathize with their parents' struggles--a perspective most children's books don't capture. Most importantly, it provides a common ground for children and their parents to talk about one of the most stressful aspects of parenting.
Seriously, Just Go to Sleep came to be when Mansbach read a highly censored rendition of the original book to his three-year-old daughter, and she recognized herself as the culprit and was delighted. "We were getting a lot of feedback from parents, saying that their kids loved the book--read in an altered form--because they recognized themselves in the character of the mischievous kid who's winning the bedtime battle, and thought it was hilarious. So we figured weand#8217;d do a companion volume that lets kids in on the fun."
"Like Cee Lo Green, whose 'F**k You!' went from obscenity-based soul to squeaky-clean pop, Mansbach and CortÃ©s recast 2011's Go the F**k to Sleep for wider audiences. The changes diminish the cathartic humor of the original: Go the F**k to Sleep acknowledged how a sleepless child can drive a parent to cursing, bitter tears, and self-reproach. This version (dedicated 'to all the children... may your kids bring you as much joy as you've brought us') speaks reasonably, if curtly, to children up late. Mansbach leaves his four-line stanzas in the same order, censoring punch lines without improving on clunky rhymes. 'Hell no' becomes 'No way,' and 'I know you're not thirsty. That's bullshit. Stop lying' becomes 'I know you're not thirsty. You just had a drink./ Stop goofing around now, and sleep.' CortÃ©s makes only minor substitutions in his surreal paintings of children, who snooze with sleepy tigers or restlessly occupy their cribs. Given infinitely better options like Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! young and old ought to skip this unfunny, off-key revision. All ages." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The 100% kid-friendly, G-rated version of the #1 NY Times best-selling classic parental bedtime book, Go the F*** to Sleep.
Critical praise for the original Go the Fuck to Sleep, a number one bestseller at: The New York Times, Amazon.com, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and many more:
"Incredibly appealing."National Public Radio
"A parenting zeitgeist. . . . A phenomenon that has stunned the publishing world and may just redefine the modern 'parenting' market."The Washington Post
The one shortcoming of the instant international bestseller and cultural phenomenon Go the Fuck to Sleep is that children cannot join in the fun. That problem has now been remedied with a 100 percent child-friendly alternate version. As parents know, young children are well aware of the difficulty of getting them to bed. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep lets them relish their own mischievousness, recognize their own tactics, and, most importantly, allows children and parents to joke with one another about one of the most stressful elements of a parent's life: getting his or her child to sleep.
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, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He was the 20102011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. His daughter, Vivien, is three.
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, San Francisco Chronicle, and on The O'Reilly Factor and CNN. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is working on a book about the history of Coca-Cola and cocaine.
The children's version of the #1 New York Times best-selling classic.
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 Cortand#233;s has illustrated books about grass, 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 Oand#8217;Reilly Factor and CNN. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is working on a book about a shark. To see more of his work, visit: Rmcortes.com.