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Go the F**k to Sleep [Hardcover]

Adam Mansbach , Ricardo Cortes
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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Book Description

16 Jun 2011
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 off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate and refreshingly honest, it captures the familiar and unspoken tribulations of putting your child to bed for the night. Colourfully illustrated and hilariously funny, this is a breath of fresh air for parents new, old and expectant*. (*You should probably not read this to your children.)

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition (16 Jun 2011)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857862650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857862655
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gleeful howl of blasphemy.. for the exhausted parent, nudged to the brink of sanity by lack of sleep, Go the Fuck to Sleep is more than a reason to snigger - it's a gesture of compassion. --Daily Telegraph

Hilariously funny, it gets the tone bang on - and it's comforting to know bedtime is a universally fraught experience. --News of the World

About the Author

Adam Mansbach's 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 Believer, Poets & Writers, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is the 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 CNN and FOX News. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is working on a book about the history of coffee, cocaine, and Coca-Cola.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic fun 15 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastically funny book! I bought it as a secret santa present and when I read it not only did i laugh out loud but also related to it too! As you read from start to finish it starts off fairly tame and you feel the frustration build as the book goes on and the tension of the parents builds and the kid will not sleep!! Most parents should empathise with this book in some form!! Funny!
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128 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lighten up people 16 Jun 2011
Some people just can't take a joke, it's not really for parents to read to their kids! For anyone who thinks that this is a serious book that actually suggests that parents tell their children to go the f*ck to sleep, then you're an idiot. It's like a joke book, if a stupid manager of a bookshop places it with the other children's book and then is appaulled when a child picks it up, then that's their fault.

It's a funny book, it's the kind of thing new parents might get as a present from a friend as a joke. I actually listened to the audio of it by Samuel L Jackson and it was hilarious, I don't even care that much about it, I just though the rating could do with some balancing.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know it's true! 18 July 2011
When I first saw this book I laughed out loud! As a new mother of a seven month old, it really rang true... I bought it as a fathers day gift for my husband and I will buy a copy for every person I know who gets pregnant in future (well at least those with a sense of humour anyway!).

Not only is it superbly written, the illustrations are lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very short, a quick giggle! 23 Mar 2014
By Amy
Pricey for the length of the book. Appropriately named, and a quick giggle, but read in 3 minutes. Brought as a present for a very sleep deprived friend and was a bit embarrassed to give it :/
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for parents. 7 Mar 2012
By Roxanne
Did not have this book to help me when I needed it, but Boy, do I remember. It details, in verse, a parents plea to his young child to 'Go the .... to Sleep'. Do not be put off by the F word in the title. This is a lovely book and the illustrations are absolutely wonderful. However, I would have ended the poem with the parent falling asleep and the child scampering off down the hall rather than continuing on to the parent waking up again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but..... 25 Aug 2013
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Yes it is funny the first time you read it but it is short and frankly not really worth buying, Disapointed over all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny 3 Jun 2013
By susan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thought this would be funny, but I didn't really like the humour. I guess we have a different approach to our baby's cries and long waiting times till he goes to sleep!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not as funny as I had hoped 26 Sep 2012
By Lily32
I was quite disappointed with this book as, after reading previous reviews, I was expecting it to be hilarious. However, although my husband and I did laugh, it was not that good and certainly isn't a book we would want to read over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Halerious to read - a good alternative to normal pink new baby presents! :-)
Published 2 days ago by Happy customer
4.0 out of 5 stars not bedtime reading for little one
Funny! I got the kindle version so it's not laying around for someone to accidentally find and find me a bad parent! lol zzz
Published 4 days ago by Rebekha
1.0 out of 5 stars Jamaican copy.
This has arrived but it's written in Jamaican. I went back and review my order and I definitely ordered it in English. Very disappointed.
Published 11 days ago by Caroline McKay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Prompt delivery. Product as expected.
Published 14 days ago by gillcatling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best book ever written for new parents.
Published 16 days ago by Carl Lawrence Hadley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horrible book, very American sense of humour which didn't work for me. Even the illustrations are unpleasant.
Published 17 days ago by V. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars I can relate!
All parents to young children will relate to this funny, well illustrated bedtime story. As a mum of 3, one of which is 2 yrs old I have been at the end of my tether at bedtime on... Read more
Published 29 days ago by S.V-P
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Parents
Brought as a little, somewhat silly gift, for my sister and brother-in-law when they became parents.

They particularly enjoyed that it was voiced by Samuel L Jackson... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophie Kingham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great but for any sleep-deprived parent!
A brilliant book for any parent who is in need of a bit more sleep! Just maybe don't read it to the kids!
Published 2 months ago by Yorkshirecat
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear!!
I was expecting more so I was a little disappointed because I'd read it in under three minutes. I think it's way over priced for what you get to be honest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dawn Phillips
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