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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Critical success for the original Go the F*** to Sleep, a #1 best seller at: New York Times,, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and many more! 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 F*** to Sleep, the picture book for adults, became a cultural sensation by st ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Akashic Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 'sensible' version, the one you can actually read to your children, but it can't compare with the other one (Go the F--k to Sleep), especially the audio version, read by Samuel L. Jackson (see here, but after you make sure your kids aren't around: ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Before I read this, I thought this was like a "part 2" of Go the F*ck to Sleep but it's actually just a clean version of it. It honestly didn't have quite the same effect I thought, but if you want to read to your kids or buy as a gift for someone who can't handle a few cuss words, then this would be the one to get. ...more
I can read this version to my girls, but not this version. ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
This is the children-friendly version of the book "Go the **** to Sleep*

I read this to my children. I believe it's more or less the same wording as the original version, except, of course, for the last line on each page containing profanity.

I read this to my three little ones aged 7, 8 and 10. They're at the age where their senses of humour are well developed and they could enjoy the gentle teasing nature of this book. They could also recognise many of the scenarios featured because, let's face
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Hilarious kid friendly version of the beloved Go the F*** to Sleep. It still has all the humor and flair without the choice swear words. It is still a delight to read and will get loads of laughs from both adults and kids alike. It captures the not so glorious part of parenting and the struggle to get your kids to just settle down at the end of the night and go to sleep. I think this is a must for all parents. 5 stars
Paul  Hankins
A sanitized version of the popular book from last year. Cleaned-up, but I am still thinking that this one really belongs in a ladder with ASLEEP IN 60 SECONDS or SPINSTER GOOSE ("fun" for adult readers with a pinch of nostalgia). If you read the original, there is nothing to see here. . . ...more
Dane Cobain
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adult version of Go the Fuck to Sleep.

Alex  Baugh
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is the cleaned up version of Adam Mansbach original book Go the F*%# to Sleep, but it is still a book aimed a tired, harried parents not at their babies and/or toddlers. I suspect all parents have been pushed to the point that the parents in this book have reached (I know I have on occasion, but luckily my Kiddo was pretty good about going to bed), but somehow I just didn't find this book very appealing, and although the illustrations were very nice, words and text just didn't compliment ea ...more
Jun 17, 2012 added it
Shelves: kids
I love good children books. Ever since I read an unparliamentary version of this book on the internet, I chuckled at the real unadulterated frustration that came from its words. Yes, I've been there, too. Now I got my own copy of it thanks to First Reads, and the even though what I received is a perfectly clean and politically correct copy, I will always secretly remember what it originally said and chuckle to myself every time I read it. ...more
Susan S.C.C.L.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the G-rated version of the R-rated book. Having read the original adult, R-rated version first, I found that this book was definitely not as engaging or humorous. As a ryhming bedtime story for children it works, but at times seems to be a bit off because of the changes made to make it child friendly.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I came across this title while reading Why We Sleep. This is the "cleaned up" version of the author's original title. There really isn't anything special here other than a parent wanting his kid to go to sleep. ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a short book, maybe 20 pages. I don't have small children at home anymore but I can remember feeling this way. It made me laugh. Recommend to mothers struggling with getting their little ones to sleep. ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This is a great book specially for parents with little ones who won’t go to sleep. I really liked it because this is my life. My dear daughter doesn’t like going to sleep and reading this book made me laugh because it was so close to my life.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the adult version, but it is a neat idea making an edited version so it can be shared with a child. I'm not sure if I wold personally, but the story still does make me smile. ...more
David Lipely
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cleaner version of the classic go the F to sleep
Jessica Fenton
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great option to the original that had the "f" word, but it's just funnier with the swearing. ...more
Aaron M. Packnick
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not as fun as the original, but i feel much better as a parent reading it to my kids at night.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I chose to read the child friendly version to Camila. She did not seem amused.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a funny story ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Had no idea there was a PG version.
Very cute and nice twist at the end... though still unsure this qualifies as a children's book :)
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I understand the purpose of the sanitized version, but I like the original so much more.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The kid friendly version of Go the F**k to Sleep, just didn't do it for me. ...more
Lucy Jade
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this was book 2 of ‘Go The Fk To Sleep’ but it’s actually the kid friendly version! Not quite the same effect but still great.
Natalie {I'd So Rather Be Reading}
This is the rated G, children's' version of the retelling of the book, Go the F**k to Sleep. The wildly popular adult version had parents cracking up at the real life bedtime nightmares that EVERY parent can relate too and mixed with the darling, foul F-bomb. When Samuel Jackson became the voice of the audio version, listeners LOST. IT. He somehow made the rhyming-like phrases and F-bomb deliver even more belly laughs. If you are curious, watch it HERE. If you are like me and loathe the F-bomb, ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clean version
I was first introduced to Go the Fuck to Sleep via Audible giving away the narration by Samuel L. Jackson. I'm not a parent, but I found it absolutely hilarious! And that hilarity just grew once I bought the ebook version and got to follow along.

When I saw this book on Amazon, I initially thought it was a brand new book and was excited. However, it's just an ultra-sanitized kiddie version that's ultimately disappointing and lackluster. Maybe I just can't get Samuel L. Jackson's version out of my
Sue Morris
Each spread has a similar 4-sentence verse, on backgrounds illustrating different children doing anything but sleeping. The illustrations are each beautiful scenes of children at different stages of development. There is the young child, presumably two-years-old, asleep on his stomach with two adorable cats—a mother and her kitten—and a baby lamb. Further in, is a child of maybe four, para-sailing into the scene, and another, my favorite, has a group of children gathered in a meadow playing nume ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
[This review also appears on Andi's Kids Books.]

Adam Mansbach rocked the social media world with his now classic picture book for adults called Go the F*ck to Sleep. Anyone who has had to put a child to bed could relate to that bone tired, desperate exhaustion of the adult whose child simply refuses to go to bed, no matter what. You can anticipate every argument the child has to give. One of my favorite parts is when the child is finally asleep and the parents prepare to sit down with their micr
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, kid-lit
Is there a person left on the planet who hasn't heard of 'Go the F**k to Sleep' from 2011? The book I gift to ANY adult who is even remotely considering having an angelic little baby. I would make it required reading for would-be parents planet-wide. Reading schedule starts at the prospective Mom & Dad's bedtime. Read repeatedly, quietly, loudly, pleading, begging, groveling, at wit's end, but continuously for at least three hours. Then go to bed and get up at your regular time and go to work. D ...more
Okay, so this is a bowdlerisation of the picture book for adults, "Go the F*** to Sleep". It's supposed to be a version with all the swearing & blasphemy edited out.

That would be fair enough ... but that's not all the editing that's been done. It's been almost entirely rewritten, and I wouldn't have wanted to touch this version with a ten-foot bargepole had I realised how bad it was. Even I could have edited GTFTS into a better clean version than this rubbish, and I don't consider myself a prof
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Adam Mansbach is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, which has been translated into 40 languages, and was Time Magazine's 2011 "Thing of the Year." The sequel, "You Have to Fucking Eat," was published in November and is also a New York Times bestseller.

Mansbach's 2013 novel, Rage is Back, was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle and

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