Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep.
Go the F--k 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. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest 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 absurdity.
Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the F**k to Sleep is a book for parents new, old, and expectant. Due to its explicit language, you probably should not play it for your children.
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©2011 Adam Mansbach. Cover Illustration © 2011 Ricardo Cortes. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Total genius." (Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, father of two)
"A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud - hilarious!" (David Byrne, musician, father of one)
"Finally, someone tells it like it really is. This is no-guilt funny and a godsend!" (Cristina Garcia, author of The Lady Matador's Hotel, mother of one)
"The viral phenomenon comes to audio in this clever adaptation of Mansbach's "children's book for adults." NOT a family-friendly listen, this audio will have you giggling and looking around to see if anyone else heard what just came through the speakers. Samuel L. Jackson, known for his foul-mouthed onscreen characters to begin with, is a perfect choice for such a lovingly irreverent audiobook. The desperation in his voice rises as the child, who is the object of the parental pleading, refuses to cooperate. By the end, both seasoned and expectant parents will be alternating between laughing and cringing at the exasperation in Jackson's tongue-in-cheek narration. The production begins with a casual introduction from Jackson, which appears to act as an apology for what's to come, as if Jackson (and author, producers, etc.) wants to assure the listener not to worry—despite everything, we DO love our children very much. Even when they refuse to go the f--k to sleep." (AudioFile)
No matter how funny this book may seem, there is no reason to use such ignorant language. It is a sign of immaturity. In a word - trashy. I enjoy humorous and satirical writing, but foul language isn't what makes for good stories. I've always told my kids that foul language is for those that lack the intelligence to express themselves fully.
However, if you have very little morals, enjoy being extremely immature, and use foul language in front of small kids - then it's for you.
As a parent I can relate to this story. It's spot on and very funny. However, the gratuitous "dirty words" are really unnecessary and become annoying before long. If there was a "bleeped" version I would find it more entertaining as I can use my imagination to fill in the bleeps. I'm sure there are parents that talk this way in their daily lives (as I used to) and they will thoroughly enjoy this. If that's you then I would recommend it. Otherwise, I would pass.
Ok so I have had many frustrating nights trying to put my daughters to sleep. BUT ... I have never thought of telling them to "Go the F**k to sleep, or use any of the profanities towards the kids that are used in this book. Trust me .. i understand the humor ... and i see it ... but it wasnt for me. its just shocking to hear it used in this context. I couldnt listen to the whole thing i was kinda shocked. I mean this is a child he is talking to.
Apparently my sense of humour sucks. I didn't laugh once the entire 6 minutes. *shrugs* Maybe I should listen to it another time when I'm not so distracted.
I am a big fan of Pulp Fiction, Deadwood, Richard Pryor and others. Vulgar language, in the right hands, is a deft and clever medium for great comedy and drama. This audiobook is none of that. Obviously written to appeal to parents with little patience in spending time with their children. Jackson (who was brilliant in PF) hasn't had a big hit in some time, so its anything to pay the rent.
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