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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep
 
 
Author
Adam Mansbach. Ricardo Cortes, illus.
Publisher Akashic  
Format laminated cover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 11.25 x 0.35 inches
ISBN 9781617750786
Pages/Publication Date 32/2012
Daedalus Item Code 33152
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The surprise hit picture book of 2011 was the faux children's book with an obscenity-peppered text that authentically captured the anxiety of parents with young children who would not go to sleep. Realizing that children would get the joke, even without the satirical language, the author and illustrator of Go the F*** to Sleep here give us a family-friendly version, with the same lulling cadence and overly sweet images of animals and children sleeping, subtly exposing the transparent ploys of reluctant youngsters at bedtime, but without the naughty words.

"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."—NYTimes

 
 
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