- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Published: 6/3/14
- IBSN: 9781617752742
- e-IBSN: 9781617752827
- Genre: Art/Music/Pop Culture
A Jamaican patois translation of the New York Times, Amazon.com, and Wall Street Journal number one best seller and worldwide phenomenon.
Named one of the 20 Greatest New Father’s Day Gifts by Advocate.com!
“No matter what the country or the language, parents all over the world—loving, frustrated, exhausted parents—know what Adam Mansbach means. Since 2011, his comically obscene picture book has sold more than 1.5 million copies in dozens of languages from Afrikaans to Japanese to Nynorsk. And later this year, his little book will venture into new territory with a Jamaican patois translation: ‘Go de R–s to Sleep.'”
—The Washington Post/Style Blog
“This version of Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest book will remind whole new audiences about the absurdities of parenting. Just don’t read it to the kids.”
—Advocate.com, The 20 Greatest New Father’s Day Gifts
Praise for Go the Fuck to Sleep:
“A new Bible for weary parents.”
—New York Times
“A parenting zeitgeist . . . A phenomenon that has stunned the publishing world and may just redefine the modern ‘parenting’ market.”
“Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this deranged book.”
The best-selling Go the F*** to Sleep has been translated into over thirty languages worldwide. Now it is finally translated for Jamaican and other Caribbean parents of the world.
Go de Rass 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 Cortés, Go de Rass 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.
Click here to purchase the Go de Rass to Sleep audiobook, read by reggae superstar Shaggy. Listen to an excerpt below:
Read a feature on Go de Rass to Sleep at Publishing Perspectives here; read a feature and excerpt at SF Gate’s Bookmarks blog here; read a feature on Shaggy’s recording of the audiobook at Mediabistro/Galleycat here.
See below for a sample image from Go de Rass to Sleep:
ADAM MANSBACH is the author of the #1 international best sellerGo the Fuck to Sleep, as well as the children’s version, Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, and Go de Rass to Sleep. He is the coeditor of A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing, as well as the author of the novels Rage Is Back, Angry Black White Boy, The Dead Run, and The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award. He has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, the Believer, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His daughter Vivien is six.
RICARDO CORTÉS has illustrated books about electricity, marijuana (It’s Just a Plant), and a history of coffee, cocaine, and Coca-Cola (A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola). He is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times best-selling classic Go the F*** to Sleep, as well as the G-rated follow-up Seriously, Just Go to Sleep and Go de Rass to Sleep. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on CNN and Fox News. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is working on a book about a shark.
KWAME DAWES is the author of eighteen collections of poetry, most recently Duppy Conqueror, as well as two novels, numerous anthologies, and plays. He has won Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy, and was the 2013 awardee of the Paul Engel Prize. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is a Chancellor’s Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner. Dawes is the associate poetry editor at Peepal Tree Press, the series editor of the University of South Carolina Poetry Series, and the founding director of the African Poetry Book Fund. Dawes teaches in the Pacific MFA Program and is director of the biennial Calabash International Literary Festival. He is the author of Gomer’s Song; translator of Go de Rass to Sleep; and editor of So Much Things To Say and Eight New-Generation African Poets.