Friday, May 20, 2011

Go the F--- to Sleep. The title says it all.

I really thought this book was a joke. It's not. But it's hilarious. Crude? Sure, but so true. It perfectly describes the feeling that goes through a parent's head when their child just won't go to sleep. I have experienced this several times and my child is an awesome sleeper. 

Last summer author Adam Mansbach vented on Facebook that it took forever to get his 2-year-old daughter to go the f*uck to sleep. His friends encouraged him to write a book and he complied.

Even though the entire book is viewable online and it isn't even available for purchase it has become the No. 1 book on 

And as you can imagine it's already provoking a scandal. Studies have shown that a child's sleeping pattern may be a result of their parents' lifestyle. Others say this is not appropriate for children. Come on! This is obviously for parents to read, not for parents to read to their children. It seems obvious but Mansbach covered all bases by putting a disclaimer on the back cover. 

I think this scrutiny is the perfect example of how scared parents are to complain about their kids. They feel that if they vent people will think they aren't good parents. But I believe the opposite is true. I think people are doing their kids a disservice by pretending parenthood is 100% awesome. Parents should talk about their frustrations with other parents because if we don't we will possibly blow up one day...probably at our kids!

While I won't spend the money on it myself I think it's hilarious. I wonder if the Madison Public Library will buy a copy?

Go the F*ck 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. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity.
With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the F*ck to Sleep is beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new, old, and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children.

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