Seriously, Just Go to Sleep is the G-rated, traditional-sized, children's version of the book every parent has been talking about. Go the F*** to Sleep, the picture book for adults, became a cultural sensation by striking a universal chord for parents. Now, Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Corts reunite with Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, inviting the children themselves in on the joke. As parents know, kids are well aware of how difficult they can be at bedtime. With Mansbach's new child-appropriate narrative, the book allows kids to recognize their tactics, giggle at their own mischievousness, and empathize with their parents' struggles - a perspective most children's books don't capture. Most importantly, it provides a common ground for children and their parents to talk about one of the most stressful aspects of parenting.
Seriously, Just Go to Sleep came to be when Mansbach read a highly censored rendition of the original book to his three-year-old daughter, and she recognized herself as the culprit and was delighted. "We were getting a lot of feedback from parents, saying that their kids loved the book - read in an altered form - because they recognized themselves in the character of the mischievous kid who's winning the bedtime battle, and thought it was hilarious. So we figured we’d do a companion volume that lets kids in on the fun."
©2012 Adam Mansbach (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Terrible, & the reader sounds just plain bored!"
Okay, so this is a bowdlerisation of the picture book for adults, "Go the F*** to Sleep". It's supposed to be a version with all the swearing & blasphemy edited out.
That would be fair enough ... but that's not all the editing that's been done. It's been almost entirely rewritten, and I wouldn't have wanted to touch this version with a ten-foot bargepole had I realised how bad it was. Even I could have edited GTFTS into a better clean version than this rubbish, and I don't consider myself a professional!
On top of that, the man assigned to narrate this version is utterly abysmal at the job - he sounds more bored than someone watching paint dry as he speaks the lines as though he's hardly awake, and his feeling for any kind of rhythm and rhyme in what he's reading is simply nonexistent. It's embarrassing just to listen to him.
I know some parents are iffy about exposing their kids to swear-words in the original, but my honest advice to them is this: either forego reading the book to your kids entirely or do your own editing as you read, because it <i>cannot</i> be worse than this.
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