Seriously, Just Go to Sleep
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|Published In: ||Australia, 21 March 2012|
The adults-only picture book Go the F**k to Sleep became an international phenomenon. At last here is the version you can safely read to your kids and have them happily snuggled down and sleeping by the end of the book! Seriously, Just Go to Sleep has all the humour and exasperation of the original. With its snoozing kittens and sleepy tigers it's a hilarious parody of a children's bedtime rhyme. It lets children relish in their own mischievousness and recognise their own tactics, and allows kids and parents to laugh with each other about the tricky business of going to sleep.
About the Author
Adam Mansbach's novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy. Ricardo Cortes has illustrated books about marijuana, electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team and Chinese food.
Like Cee Lo Green, whose "F**k You!" went from obscenity-based soul to squeaky-clean pop, Mansbach and Cortes recast 2011's Go the F**k to Sleep for wider audiences. The changes diminish the cathartic humor of the original: Go the F**k to Sleep acknowledged how a sleepless child can drive a parent to cursing, bitter tears, and self-reproach. This version (dedicated "to all the children... may your kids bring you as much joy as you've brought us") speaks reasonably, if curtly, to children up late. Mansbach leaves his four-line stanzas in the same order, censoring punch lines without improving on clunky rhymes. "Hell no" becomes "No way," and "I know you're not thirsty. That's bullshit. Stop lying" becomes "I know you're not thirsty. You just had a drink./ Stop goofing around now, and sleep." Cortes makes only minor substitutions in his surreal paintings of children, who snooze with sleepy tigers or restlessly occupy their cribs. Given infinitely better options like Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! young and old ought to skip this unfunny, off-key revision. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
|Publisher: ||The Text Publishing Company|