'Children's' Book Titled Go The F**k to Sleep Tops Amazon Charts A Month Before Publication

“The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest / And the creatures who crawl, run and creep. / I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullshit. Stop lying. / Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep… The cubs and the lions are snoring,/ Wrapped in a big snuggly heap. / How come you can do all this other great shit / But you can’t lie the fuck down and sleep?” – Go The Fuck to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach (Akashic, 2011)
© 2011 Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés

In a tongue-in-cheek homage to parenting and the sometimes not-so-simple act of just getting a child to sleep, Go The Fuck to Sleep, a 32-page illustrated book by Adam Mansbach, has topped Amazon’s bestseller chart a month before publication. It currently holds a ranking above memoirs by Tina Fey and Steven Tyler.

In the style of a children’s book, Go the Fuck to Sleep reads like a bedtime story – cute, gentle rhymes interspersed with expletive-laden pleas for the child to just go the fuck to sleep. Mansbach told the Associated Press, “It captures the frustration of being in a room with a kid and feeling like you may actually never leave that room again, that you may spend the rest of your life in that dark room, trying to get your kid to go to sleep.”

Set for release in June of this year by Akashic, Go the Fuck to Sleep has already been snatched up by Canongate for publication in the UK, and film rights have already been sold to Fox 2000. According to the Guardian, the book’s Amazon ranking soared after a pirated PDF of the manuscript went viral. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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