Ok. I censored the post before and chose another title when the book lottery served a little lasciviousness. I thought about doing that with today’s title but, dangit the lottery has spoken and I will sanitize no more. Yes, I’m a tad puritanical by today’s standards (as proof of this, I actually said ‘Oh my’ when today’s book title popped up. If I had pearls I might’ve clutched them). Without further ado…
Go the fuck to sleep
Akashic Books, 2011
Summary (Library Website):
Go the Fuck 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.
Me being an insider to the biblio world (I’m a librarian. No autographs please.), I remember hearing about this book well before the mainstream media got a hold of it. Like most people my 1st reaction was “Thats horrible! how can you send your kids to bed with those being the last words they hear before they drift into la la land?!” But I must admit I’ve warmed to the idea a little. If we slip an expletive or two into our exchanges with our kids in their waking hours, why not throw some in for good measure just before bed? Kidding. Kind of.
But seriously, I doubt anyone is reading this book to their kids. I think the author bills it as a kids book for adults, kind of like that one Carrie Bradshaw pitched to an editor called “Little Cathy and Her Magic Cigarettes”. Remember that episode? Good times. Anyway the book is well written, beautifully illustrated and f@#*&’ hilarious.