Novelist Adam Mansbach, like many parents, has had a few challenging nights trying to get his two-year-old daughter to bed. After one of them, he posted to his Facebook page “Be on the lookout for my forthcoming children’s book, Go the Fuck to Sleep.”

Little did he know, that joke would lead to internet fame, a million dollar offer from a major publishing house and the sale of movie rights.

Taking the advice of friends, many of whom were also frustrated parents, Mansbach partnered up with illustrator Ricardo Cortes and wrote the children’s book parody. Now in it’s fifth printing, there have been over 400,000 copies of “Go The F*ck To Sleep” sold to date.

With passages like “The cubs and the lions are snoring. Wrapped in a big snuggly heap. How is it that you can do all this other great sh*t, but you can’t lie the f*ck down and sleep?”, the book was already laugh-out-loud funny. Today, has released a free version of Samuel L. Jackson reading the book, putting an even more hilarious spin on the frustrations of a loving father who just can’t get his little one to sleep. Click here to download…don’t forget: it isn’t kid (or work) friendly!

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  • Hmm. Not really funny. Some of us think nice things about our children. Talk about communication problems. Maybe your child’s not tired? Maybe they just want to be with you? Maybe if you sat there and read and talked to them for a while, they’d fall asleep? Maybe they’re too old for the nap they took four hours ago? I can’t think of a single parent who would ever write such a nasty thing about their children. Who cares if it’s not a children’s book? His kids will certainly read this eventually.

    • LRS23

      Calm down. It’s just a funny little book that pokes fun at how frustrated parents get. It is not meant to degrade or demean children. People take things way too seriously sometimes. Have you ever tried putting a 2 year old to sleep? Though you may not say it out loud you may think “Please, for the love of all things good, go to SLEEP!!!,” especially if you have work in the morning. Jeez, lighten up. And believe me, his children will not be shocked or traumatized by this when they grow up. My parents have related to me the multiple frustrations they’ve had putting me to sleep as a child and now that I am an adult I can relate to it. His kids should be more shocked and traumatized by trash tv and the evening news.

    • Actually I’ve taught preschool and been a nanny for years, so I’ve put plenty of children to sleep. I don’t know very many parents who force their children to sleep to the point of being that freaked out. The book is offensive, but what’s really disconcerting is that so many parents are that upset by something that should be such an relaxing time of day for you and your child. If you have to go to work the next morning, all you really have to do is inform your child that they do not have to sleep, but they must stay in bed quietly; they’ll usually fall asleep on their own. Not to mention, if your child can’t sleep, you should probably be more concerned with why; maybe they aren’t tired (which means they need more activity during the day) and maybe they’re too wired (which means YOU probably need to calm down). But really, it’s shocking that so many parents still try to force their children to sleep.

    • OhMyEyes

      It is VERY apparent that you are not a mother. It is damn near impossible for any parent to “think nice things” about their child at all times, 24/7. I’m sure every loving parent has at some time contemplated putting their child in a big box (with air holes) and leaving it on a corner.

      Also, as a good parent, it’s important to keep your kids on a schedule. It’s irresponsible for a parent to let their kid sleep when they want to sleep. They’re kids! They don’t know what’s best for them yet. Kids physically need so many hours of sleep in order to stay healthy. That’s like thinking it wrong for a parent to try and make their kids eat healthily when the kid really wants junk food. Not only that, parents need sleep too…especially those that work jobs. A good parent will not sleep until they know their kid has.

      If you really have experience around children, you’d know that not all kids are the same. Story time doesn’t work for all of them. It’s as if some kids make it their mission to test their parents’ limits by staying awake for as long as possible.

      It’s a light-hearted book that gives frustrated parents (and only parents that care can be frustrated) something to relate to. Get off your high horse and get a clue.

    • You’re right. I am not a parent. But most of my friends are, and most of them find this book to be highly offensive. Furthermore, none of them force their children to sleep. Go to bed, yes, but sleep, no. And very few of them have issues trying to do it; I’ve babysat most of these children and all of them have very peaceful bedtime routines. The “strong willed” children in the bunch are just allowed to be more involved in their routines, which mitigates most conflict.

    • Pema

      Ah, to be young, self-important, and totally naive again. You obviously don’t have any kids. It’s offensive? How so? It’s not a book you actually read to your children, it’s a joke between parents. I received a link to this audio from three other parents I know. Lighten up.

  • Jai

    Absolutely hilarious and the author picked the perfect person to narrate the story!!!

  • Ms.J

    Sighs… People take things way to seriously. This is cleary not a book that parents or anyone with sense will read to a child. I do not know any parent that has not dealt with this problem, which is what made this book so funny.

  • Ms.J

    Kids can run around all day and be involve in many different activites that most adults would think will tire them out and it doesn’t. How many people have taken their kids out for day and they are running around and playing having a good time. Now on the way home they are dozzing off and you thinking to yourself that once they get home they are going to be out for the night only for them to be up for 3 straight hours full of energy. LOL Kids fight sleep that’s what they do.

  • Marla

    The best way to get children to go to sleep at night is to tire them out during the day. Instead of putting them in front of the tv, take them out to a park or go for a long walk, let them play until they are exhausted and then go home put them in the tub and believe me by the time their lovely heads hit the pillow they will be off to dreamland!!! This worked with me. I never had a problem getting my son to sleep at night. Oh, and make sure they get up bright and early in the morning!!!! My son couldn’t stay up past nine when he was young. Only when he was in high school was he able to last until eleven. Keep them busy. But that means you have to be busy also!!!!