Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Go the F**k to Sleep
What a great book!
Under the guise of being a sweet goodnight book for children, with beautiful artwork and (almost) cozy poetry, instead this is an expression of the frustration some parents (I did!) experience when their children will NOT go to sleep after being put to bed.
The following verse is on a page with a picture of a cat, kitten, and a lamb sleeping peacefully...
"The cats nestle close to their kittens,
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You're cozy and warm in your bed, my dear.
Please go the fuck to sleep."
As the book goes on, the verses get more frustrated as the parents try all the usual things - drinks of water and trips to the bathroom and lullabies and stuffed animals - to get the children settled for the night with no success...
We're finally watching our movie
Popcorn's in the microwave. Beep.
Oh shit. Goddamn it. You've gotta be kidding.
Come on, go the fuck back to sleep.
This on a page of a watercolor of a man in a kitchen and someone asleep on the couch under a blanket.
The pictures stay serene. The verses do not.
If you know anyone with small children who are frustrated with the myth that children should all go to bed easily (and who have a sense of humor) this would be a great gift. For the parent. Not the children.
I hear there is an audio version of this book, read by Samuel L. Jackson. That would be excellent.
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