Go the F**k to Sleep [Hardcover]review by Ed Vincent
"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"
"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
" Beautifully illustrated with dreamlike images telling a story of
Vulgar and shameful delight with laughs and crudeness at every turn ."
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A best selling book with the unspeakable word in the title, though a word quite common in political parlance behind closed doors. We have three letter texts 'WTF' which is cloaked vulgarity, but when contrasted with the beauty and innocence of the children in our lives the contrast is tremendous.
It is a brief and fun read worthy of any mortal needing a moment of levity and private repose. You should blush and be ashamed of yourself for buying this book, but you will forgive yourself and tell others when you are done.
Highly recommended, and even more so for the devout.
Go the Fuck 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 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.
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. To see more of his work, visit: Rmcortes.com.
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Akashic Books; 1st edition (June 14, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
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