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Publisher's Summary

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.

Feel free to share the link to this page with tired parents and other people who could use a good swear and a laugh.

©2011 Adam Mansbach. Cover Illustration © 2011 Ricardo Cortes. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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The hard copy should win a Caldecott!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone whoa) doesn't mind the languageb) has ever kept company with a small child.

What did you like best about this story?

The combination of the simple rhyme pattern and Samuel Jackson's reading made me laugh myself nearly incontinent.

Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't before, but I'll be looking for him now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course--it's 6 minutes well spent.

Any additional comments?

I played this little ditty for my husband while we dined at a Japanese Restaurant. Hand to God, the restaurant Muzak suddenly switched from regional Japanese music to Brahm's Lullaby, which continued to play throughout the audiobook. Just a coincidence--or has this book become a hit on the sushi circuit? Either way, Brahms made it even funnier.

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Classic Sam Jackson

If you enjoy Samuel L. Jackson's ironic and hilarious use of the F word in movies, then you will definitely enjoy this book.

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  • Sydanie
  • Elburn, IL, United States
  • 08-21-12

Very Funny but soo true

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i personally wouldn't say go the f--k to sleep but i sure have said it so many times in my head...my 3 year old always wait until bed time to find everything to do...very funny i love it and Samuel L Jackson did a wonderful job!

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Very familiar adult point of view

What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

Even if it's hard to admit, every parent has felt exactly as this book portrays.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Go the F--k to Sleep?

Samuel Jackson - c'mon! Samuel Jackson??!! His great voice was perfect for the reading of this book.

Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Samuel L. Jackson could read the phone book and make it interesting.

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Sam Jackson really makes this work

Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is just pure fun. You can hear Sam Jackson's voice when you read the title in your head. Nice juxtaposition with the style/type of book and the content/language. I plan to dust this off at regular intervals to listen again and again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Cude but funny!

Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

Samuel is a master story teller....well done!

What did you like best about this story?

Samuels voice

What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again. Samuels voice is just perfect for this story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The joys of parenthood in the real world.

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  • William
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • 08-09-12

LOL

Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

No, while the audio version is very funny, the print version has the water color paintings that are endruing of childrens books

What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

All of the feeling that he brought the performance

Any additional comments?

Any one who has ever had children has thought this at some time or another. You will laugh all the way through this book.

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The Hype was better than the story.

Would you try another book from Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) and/or Samuel L. Jackson?

I love Samuel L Jackson, but this was not his best.

Would you recommend Go the F--k to Sleep to your friends? Why or why not?

No, it was not really that great.

Did Samuel L. Jackson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

too many f-bombs.

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  • SusieQ
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 08-06-12

Great gift for parents-to-be

Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Along with What to Expect When You're Expecting this is a great gift for parents--first time or otherwise. Samuel L. Jackson's performance is spot on and very funny. My 20 year old son likes it a lot and I'll make sure he has it in his library when he's a father.

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umm... its funny and cute in its own way.

What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

it made me smile and think of my brother.

Any additional comments?

i dont have children but i know a few folks that would like this.