“All the kids from daycare are in dreamland. The froggie has made his last leap. Hell no you can’t go to the bathroom, you know where you can go? The f**k to sleep.”
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but “Go the F**k to Sleep” voices out the frustration of sleep-deprived parents. It’s a perfect picture book for parents who have a sense of humor and do not mind the expletive-filled sentences.
What started out as a Facebook joke by author Adam Mansbach on the tribulations of getting his daughter to go to sleep has become one of the most talked about ‘children’s’ books in a long time. He commissioned friend Ricardo Cortés to illustrate, sent a PDF of the book to independent bookstores, and the file went viral.
It soared to the top of the book charts and hit no. 1 on Amazon’s bestseller list (even passing that of Tina Fey and Steven Tyler’s) seven months before publication and debuting on the New York Times Bestseller List.
However, a New Zealand lobby group is calling for a book ban saying it’s offensive. We think this is silly and a bit too excessive.
We don’t mind the verbal profanity for the book has a classic storybook feel, with whimsical illustrations of animals, forests and fields. If anything, the book gives readers a healthy dose of realism. It is not easy to put your child to sleep.
Here’s Samuel L. Jackson reading the book and making it sound really badass.
Also watch this hilarious Filipino grandma, reading the book to her grandchild. Notice how she says “it’s a bad book” but still keeps on reading. We love her and want to take her home with us!