Samuel L. Jackson Reads ‘Children’s’ Book Titled Go The F**k To Sleep

Last month I wrote up a story that covered a funny faux-children’s book by Adam Mansbach called Go The Fuck To Sleep (Akashic, 2011). To quote myself:

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.”

Well, the book was released this week, and what a better way to welcome it to the public with a hilarious reading of it by none other than Samuel L. Jackson! Yesterday I heard that legendary director Werner Herzog was going to do the audio for it – which would have been equally delightful – but I guess Sam Jackson got to it first! Please enjoy, and perhaps play for your own children. TC mark


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  • Shwax

    Has there ever been anything more amazing?

  • Alan Carter

    I guess I am too old school.  I don't find anything funny at all.  There are hundred
    ways to get your child to sleep beside cursing and swearing.  I think this book is
    an embarrassment.

    • Guest

      I don't think you're actually supposed to read it to kids, although I could see smart kids getting a kick out of it.

    • Jeffrey ten G.

      I don't think you get the joke. It's supposed to be ironic. Ever heard of A Modest Proposal… Swift wasn't recommending people eat babies, was he?

      • Michael Koh

        obviously alan carter hasn't read jswift

    • STaugustine

      uh… huh?

  • Carly J Hallman

    It's so soothing! I am going to bookmark this and listen to it at my naptime.


    As an Early Childhood Educator (aka daycare teacher) of 7 years, I can tell you that anyone who doesn't find this book funny has never tried to put a child to sleep, let alone 24 of them at once in a room with toys lining the knee high shelves and sunshine streaming in through the windows. Go. The. Fuck. To. Sleep.

  • Well, there's always my nephew

    Well, 18 years ago my parents would've been thrilled. :D

  • FreeDrunks

    Actually weeping from laughter, oh my god.

  • Michael Koh

    This is hilarious

  • lsl21
  • Margo69

    how many of us have wanted (and probably said) to our darlings the same thing

  • STaugustine

    well fucking done!

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