- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Published: 4/10/12
- IBSN: 9781617750786
- Genre: Art/Music/Pop Culture
The children’s version of the #1 New York Times best-selling classic!
“Now there’s a version, complete with more of the gorgeous, yet weirdly subversive illustrations. The best part? It’s still funny. The rhythms, the plodding rhymes, the illustrations, the clever play on the overused trope of the world at bedtime—they all work together to take Seriously, Just Go to Sleep beyond parody and into the realm where good children’s books belong: things that parents, and children, can honestly come to from different places and enjoy together. I can imagine reading Seriously, Go to Sleep nightly, and even to the point where you’re begging the child to choose something else (the ultimate compliment for a picture book) and yet still finding something to enjoy. It captures a different ‘zeitgeist’ of modern parenting.”
—New York Times
“From the team that touched off the irreverent humor trend Go the F**k to Sleep, author Adam Mansbach and illustrator Ricardo Cortés, comes a new kid-friendly version of their instant comic classic. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep brings children in on the joke, helping them understand their own tactics and why their parents just want them to go . . . to sleep.”
Critical Praise for the original Go the F*** to Sleep:
#1 Best Seller at: New York Times, Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and many more.
“A new Bible for weary parents.”
—New York Times
—National Public Radio
“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 New Yorker
“Perfectly timed, lightly applied touches of profanity are funny. Super funny. It’s especially the case when the profanity puts words to common feelings that we aren’t really allowed to own up to. Well, in that spirit comes this perfect little picture-book parody.”
“By any definition, the subversive Go the F**k to Sleep—in which a desperate father cajoles his child to please, please, slip off into dreamland—is a real game changer; it lets frazzled parents vicariously enjoy chastising their stubborn offspring with well-placed profanity while never uttering a harsh word aloud.”
“Adam Mansbach’s Go the F**k to Sleep is the most controversial picture book on the shelves. Exhausted by his own daughter Vivien’s tedious two-hour bedtime routine, Adam penned a would-be bedtime book that speaks the mind of beleaguered parents everywhere and the difficulties of getting your child to ‘Go the F**k to Sleep.'”
—In Touch Weekly
“The bracing language may be earning it headlines, but its true appeal—and, I suspect, the reason it has caught on with the toddler-terrorised masses—lies in its unapologetic acknowledgement that early parenthood is a struggle, a state defined as often by frustration as delight. For the exhausted parent, nudged to the brink of sanity by lack of sleep, Go the Fuck to Sleep is more than a reason to snigger—it’s a gesture of compassion.”
—Daily Telegraph (UK)
“Anyone who has ever had a newborn, an infant, a baby, a toddler, a preschooler . . . oh, heck, anyone who has ever known a young child will understand the impetus behind Adam Mansbach’s runaway bestseller and ‘children’s book for adults.'”
Seriously, Just Go to Sleep is the G-rated, traditional-sized, children’s version of the book every parent has been talking about. Go the F*** to Sleep, the picture book for adults, became a cultural sensation by striking a universal chord for parents. Now, Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés reunite with Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, inviting the children themselves in on the joke. As parents know, kids are well aware of how difficult they can be at bedtime. With Cortés’s updated illustrations (including a cameo appearance by Samuel L. Jackson, who narrated the audio book version of Go the F*** to Sleep) and Mansbach’s new child-appropriate narrative, the book allows kids to recognize their tactics, giggle at their own mischievousness, and empathize with their parents’ struggles—a perspective most children’s books don’t capture. Most important, it provides a common ground for children and their parents to talk about one of the most stressful aspects of parenting.
Seriously, Just Go to Sleep came to be when Mansbach read a highly censored rendition of the original book to his three-year-old daughter, and she recognized herself as the culprit and was delighted. “We were getting a lot of feedback from parents, saying that their kids loved the book—read in an altered form—because they recognized themselves in the character of the mischievous kid who’s winning the bedtime battle, and thought it was hilarious. So we figured we’d do a companion volume that lets kids in on the fun.”
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.