Fiction. Children's Literature. Illustrated by Ricardo Cortés. 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 FUCK 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 FUCK 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."
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Adam Mansbach's novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. He is the author of the #1 best seller GO THE FUCK TO SLEEP (Akashic Books, 2011) and the follow-up version for kids, SERIOUSLY, JUST GO TO SLEEP (Akashic Books, 2012). His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Believer, Granta, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is the 2010-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. His daughter, Vivien, is three.
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