Tired Dad Writes a New Book for Parents: GO THE F*** TO SLEEP

I was browsing through Amazon’s bestseller list, and I had to do a double take at fourth book on the list: Go The F*** To Sleep by Adam Mansbach. Ha! Although the book is written in the style of a children’s picture book, I think its target audience is exhausted parents in need of a laugh. It will be released in October.

UPDATE 5/6/2011: The publisher has bumped up the pub date due to popular demand. They say it will probably ship in June.

Here’s the synopsis:

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 off to dreamland. Honest, profane, and affectionate, Adam Mansbach’s verses and Ricardo Cortés’ illustrations perfectly capture the familiar—and unspoken—tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night, and open up a conversation about parenting in the process. Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the F**k to Sleep is a perfect gift for parents new, old, or expectant. Here is a sample verse:

The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You’re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the f**k to sleep.

Adam Mansbach’s daughter Vivien is two and a half. His novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, Vibe, The Believer, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. He is the 2010–2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. This is his first children’s book. You probably should not read it to actual children, and if you do, he cannot be held legally responsible.

What do you think? Could this become a new baby shower staple?

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