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  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: AKASHIC BOOKS (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617750786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617750786
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 28.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our daughter (3 years) likes this book because the pictures are bright and of an interesting style. We like it because she's tried every trick in this book to extend her bedtime. However, I can't help feeling this book does instil the message for young children that it's ok to delay bedtime using the methods mentioned! Also, sometimes the flow of the writing just doesn't quite work. Still, a nice book, especially if the person reading it has also read the original version...they have it in their heads whilst narrating to their young charges which makes the usual story time a bit more interesting!
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Bought this with the original ruder version for my brother end his wife on the arrival of their new baby as a novelty option. They loved it and we all had a good laugh at how they will use the original one now and swap over to this one once the child gets old enough to start understanding.
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The title says it all. A healthy dose of sarcasm and (black) humour may be necessary for full enjoying of this book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Demon Librarian on 13 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the children-friendly version of the book "Go the **** to Sleep*

I read this to my children. I believe it's more or less the same wording as the original version, except, of course, for the last line on each page containing profanity.

I read this to my three little ones aged 7, 8 and 10. They're at the age where their senses of humour are well developed and they could enjoy the gentle teasing nature of this book. They could also recognise many of the scenarios featured because, let's face it, they've also tried every trick in the book to delay going to bed by another few minutes! Didn't we all?

Recommended for ages 4-10.

**Received free copy for review**
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Cute! 21 May 2012
By Kari at From the TBR Pile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While I thoroughly the adult version of this book, I was curious to see what the kid version would look like. I can safely say that Seriously, Just Go to Sleep is very kid friendly and one I think all kids will enjoy. The illustrations are done really well and really help enhance the story. I read this to my son, who has a lot of trouble staying in bed at times and he got a kick out of the book. If you are looking for a good bedtime story, pick this one up and read it to the kids. I think you will both enjoy it.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A sweeter version of the hilarious original 28 Mar 2012
By L. Cabrera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an endearing book and this g-rated version is sure to please adults and kids alike. For me, it's not nearly as funny as the original, but many people found the original version offensive due to the language, so this version is great for reading with your kids.

If you'd still like to enjoy the gist of the book (we've done everything and said everything, and now it's time to GO TO SLEEP!) without the swear words, this is the book for you.

If you'd like the version that's made for adults only, you can get it here: Go the F**k to Sleep.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
more fun for the adult 22 Sep 2012
By Yvonne Teach - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the original and was very excited to get the version I could actually read to my children. My son (4.5) understands and gets the sarcasm. He tries to refrain from smiling b/c he also understands it is poking fun at him. So while he knows it's kind of funny (not as funny as the original) he wants to be indignant about it. My daughter (3) truly enjoys me joking that she should be asleep now. Both love telling me no they are not asleep and picking up on the story by asking for water and wanting to go to the bathroom. They both enjoy it being read as a bedtime story but it is my pick when given a choice they never choose this one, so I think it's more fun for me than them, but that's ok sometimes.
28 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Seriously? Just get the original. Or just buy a different children's book. 15 July 2012
By Bill M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When censoring is used to create a "safe" version of some creative work, one of two things will happen: either the end product remains enjoyable, or it pathetically fails. This book is an example of the latter.

The outcome of a censored work all depends on how vital the so-called "objectionable" parts were to the original. For example, the safe-for-TV version of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is still enjoyable, because even after you overdub the film's only two swears and shorten the violent frames, you're still left with a great adventure movie. But when they tried censoring "Scarface" for TV, the result was a hilarious failure. That's because the extremism of it all is precisely what makes Scarface, "Scarface". You simply can't censor it without butchering it. It's strictly an adult movie, not for children or prudes, period. You may as well print an all-text version of Playboy magazine.

It's the same thing with the original #1 New York Times bestseller "Go the [word that Amazon won't let me post] to Sleep", and this censored re-work of it. I spotted "Seriously, Just Go To Sleep" in the store, flipped through it, and was appalled. The magic of the "F" word is what MADE the original book WORK! That simple contrast of American English's most blunt and verboten word, with the innocence of a children's book, is precisely what made the book what it was. Sure it was one-dimensional humor, but it worked. It ultimately spoke to parents who know that frustration of getting a child to go to sleep, and it expressed what these parents really want to say some nights, but obviously can't.

So why oh why would you take that all away? If it's a children's bedtime book you're looking for, there are thousands of other choices out there. Otherwise, it's like trying to buy your family that TV version of "Scarface", or serving Dixie cups of non-alcoholic beer for your kids' birthday party -- what's the point?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So funny! 10 July 2014
By Kiki Konstantine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought the edited version as well as the unedited for both myself and my son-- these books are just adorable. I love them.
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