by Adam Mansbach
illustrated by Ricardo Cortés
Publisher: Akashic Books
Reading level: A
This picture book about nocturnal frustration features charming illustrations and clever rhyming verse about the trials and tribulations of a toddler's bedtime.
Warning: Do not actually read this book to your children.
I heard about this picture book a while back. It was supposed to be hilariously funny, so I was curious.
Go the F**k to Sleep is funny... but not quite as funny as I'd expected. Maybe if you've actually been through the situation of trying to put a restless toddler to bed you can better see the humour.
A few of the verses were a bit clumsy and hard to read aloud because the meter was just a bit off. Perhaps that was intentional, since the book is told from the point of view of a frustrated, sleep-deprived parent. Still, I think it could have been even funnier had the meter been uniform throughout.
All in all, it's an amusing little book, but I'm not really sure where it would fit in anyone's library. It's not for kids, and yet the picture-book format and length are not what you usually see in adult fare. I can see this book being given as a gag gift to a new parent... but other than that, it's probably not going to have mass appeal.
Overall: 3.17 out of 5