Seriously, Just Go to Sleep

By Adam Mansbach; Ricardo Cortes (Illustrator)
(Akashic Books, Hardcover, 9781617750786, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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"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 Cortes, 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."
--"Publishers Weekly"
Critical success for the original "Go the F*** to Sleep," a #1 best seller at: "New York Times," Amazon.com, "Wall Street Journal," "Publishers Weekly," and many more
"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 Cortes 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 Cortes'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 importantly, 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."



About the Author
Adam Mansbach's books include the #1 international bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep and the critically acclaimed novels Rage Is Back, Angry Black White Boy, and The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York TimesBook Review, Esquire, The Believer, and Salon.com, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Ricardo Cort"es"""has illustrated books about marijuana, electricity, the Jamaican bobsled team, and Chinese food. 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 the history of coffee, cocaine, and Coca-Cola.
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