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)
The only good thing about this is Samuel L. Jackson's familiar voice. The rest is not funny and is redundant.
Used correctly, profanity can be quite clever and extremely funny. This book, however, is profane from beginning to end, which ultimately precludes escalation of emotion and expression of frustration as the child's bedtime drags on. I expected a lot more than this little story delivered, perhaps because I'm used to reading books which rely on a much richer use of language to make their point instead of relying on vulgarity not only as a sales point, but to carry them through. Poor execution of a good idea.
This "book" would be boring and uninteresting without the word 'f--k' constantly appearing in it. With 'f--k' in it, it is much worse.
Unless you're a 9 to 14 year old (and enjoy hearing the word constantly repeated unnecessarily), I suggest you give it a pass. I got it for free and I feel I was ripped off!
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
Of course I've felt all the sentiments expressed in this poem. Every parent has. It's just a lazy work, using f--ck to be funny.
Okay, with a title like that, what should I have expected? But, f@king, f@k is used every other word and amounts to gratuitous vulgarity. While the poem is cleverly written, associating it with a child is vile in the extreme. Would it be funny without the constant repetition of that word? Yes!
Way to much use of the word f-ck, after a while it is very annoying. Truly I'm surprised a publisher would publish this?
It stops being funny after the first verse. This is shameful garbage which Audible should refuse to feature on their site. Unlike the equally profane Sh*t My Dad Says, this story has no heart. In the interview at the start, Jackson claims he would often tell his own children to go the f to sleep. That just screams awesome dad, then again what can we expect from a former crack dealer? If any parent is telling their kid to go the f to sleep, they need to work on their parenting skills. I understand that this is a joke, but it isn't funny or clever, it just demonstrates how unsophisticated and base American society has become. My advice to potential readers, do not waste even six minutes listening to this stupidity. Go the f to sleep needs to go the f away.
Warning that it's not a kids book! Had read a review on another children's book that mentioned this as funny. Should have known from the title but ... not. Definitely needs a language warning. Don't want this in my library.
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