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, he opens up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdities.
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.
The whole book reminds me of an adult lullaby, not the kind that you would tell to a child. I happen to be one of those fortunate parents whose child doesn’t put up much of a fight to go to sleep. But, there are those occasions where you are just flat-out exhausted. It’s one of those situations that I don’t think you would understand unless you are a parent. This book is a perfect example of how I feel in those moments. It was highly entertaining. If you have/had small children, this is a MUST READ!! Hell, even if you don’t have kids it’s still a funny book.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to review this book for the blog because of several reasons. HELLOOO, look at the title. I was trying to steer clear of profanity, just in case there are younger readers looking at the blog. I’ve been good, I swear! I cuss like a sailor and it has definitely been a challenge to not swear when writing my reviews. I think I’m entitled to at least one inappropriate post a month, right? 🙂 I was also a little weary about adult posts. I wasn’t sure if publishers would reject review requests based on some of the adult posts. Not that it matters right now, I was rejected several times of ARC copies. That’s okay though, I’m still a newbie. But just so we’re clear, this isn’t a YA exclusive blog. I like to read a lot of different books based on my mood. I just so happen to prefer Young Adult novels.
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