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Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,578 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Lucy Knisley is one of the great memoirists of the graphic novel format. Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir KID GLOVES (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, which she posted on her Instagram, and which quickly gained her a huge cult following among other moms.

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Hardcover, 178 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by First Second
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Dave Schaafsma
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy Knisley is, book by book, especially in recent years, accomplishing a rather remarkable feat, as she catalogues her life, stage by stage. There was (among so many other books from her I have read) her part-advice, part-memoir wedding book, Something New; her similar making-a-baby book, Kid Gloves (followed by a couple kid picture books--unusual in that the bulk of her work is memoir) and now this book which is mostly cartoons with some writing about different areas in her experience of new ...more
Elizabeth A
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Knisley is a graphic memoirist, and unlike her other books, this is a collection of illustrated snapshots of her first year of being a new mom. While there were moments that made me smile and wince in sympathy, overall I missed having a narrative to pull me along. I follow the author's Instagram, and this book collects some of that work into book format. It's a quick read that's cute and fun, but not one that will stick with me. ...more
Rod Brown
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Knisley offers up an amusing collection of one-page gags about mothering her infant son. Sure, she's not in groundbreaking territory as she jokes about baby poop and toddler mischief, but every page made me very happy. I think this fun book is a great companion to the more dramatic story of her pregnancy recounted in Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos. ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so sweet and funny. I just wish it had been longer.
Lucy Knisley's reflections on day-to-day life as a new parent are just as delightful as her previous books. ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Oof. Yes.
Caitlin Cramer
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good I want to read it 18 more times before I pick up anything new. So relatable - from the “soothing sleep thrash” to the crawling baby drawn as a bear cub to her numerous inventions (a baby drone would be amazing), to The Car of Eternal Sadness, Lucy Knisley captures the essence of parenthood with her dumpling shaped drawings of unibrowed Pal. This book will make you laugh, cry, and possibly lactate. Thank you, Box of Delights for this wonderful recommendation.
My husband and I flipped through this together today and many parts of it were so spot on! I wished we’d had it a little earlier on in our baby adventure, because it might have helped us feel slightly less beleaguered! But parts of it we just would not have gotten at that point, so maybe it’s good we came to it now, having already experienced the Magic Sleep Suit—ha!
Mateen Mahboubi
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt memoir of the first year of raising a child that is so relatable. Despite what it feels like while you’re in it, there are parts of the first year that you definitely miss and it’s nice to be reminded of them through this little book.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, that was delightful!
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
A very kind friend sent this to me during quarantine and it was the most lovely surprise. I laughed, nodded and got teary as I devoured it on my couch once the little one was asleep. The perfect gift for any new parent. You’ll nearly nod your head right off!
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Either send help or a man, for I have discovered my ovaries.

edit I’m sorry for my wording but the fever is real.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This graphic novel can be read in less than 30 minutes. I have read everything that Lucy Knisley has written and this was my least favorite book, perhaps if I had a newborn I would have enjoyed it more.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I feel really weird reviewing this book because I don't think it's written for me. I do not want children, and the breathless shocking joy of motherhood is neither something I want nor can even imagine experiencing. That said, I do very much appreciate Knisley's devotion to telling her truth about motherhood, and I have always loved the way she captures the hilarity of the weird and awkward moments in life. I appreciate being given a lens into an experience I won't have, and am in awe of the vul ...more
Darcy Roar
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics
I love Lucy Knisley's work even when I don't necessarily connect with the material. This book has a much looser feel than a lot of her work. I'm not as fond of the format as I am of her more traditionally narrative ones, but It's certainly very charming & fits the material well. This will make a lovely baby shower gift addition for many years to come! ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
D'aww. Nothing much of substance, as this is a series of vignettes about an extremely hectic period of Lucy Knisley's life, but these little scenes are cute, endearing, and heartfelt. I liked it even though I don't have kids. ...more
Baby Bookworm
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: our-reviews
Hello friends, and Happy Mother’s Day! As a special treat, today’s review is one for the moms: Go To Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons From the Fog of New Parenthood by Lucy Knisley.

In this delightful collection of sketches and one- to four-panel cartoons – conceptualized and created during the first few years of her son’s life – graphic novelist Knisley captures the highs and lows – and REALLY lows and lunacies and laughter and tears and in-betweens – of new motherhood. Capturing hilariously specifi
Dakota Morgan
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute and lovely, like everything Lucy Knisley puts together, though with far, far less content than her other books. Really, Go to Sleep (I Miss You) is just a series of one-pagers connected only by the fact that they star her newborn son, Pal.

Almost all of the short comics are silly and cute. Some of them beg to be elaborated upon, like she does in her other graphic works, Something New and Kid Gloves. Some also seem like photocopies of her Instagram work, awkwardly blown up and pixelated. I'd
Kyle Dinges
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, best-of-2020
Got to Sleep (I Miss You) is a collection of cartoons, sketches, and diary strips that focus on the life of a new parent. It's a bit of a departure from Knisley's typical work. Usually, Knisley's books are dense graphic memoir's, where Go to Sleep is a much lighter read.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Anyone who's gone through that first year of parenthood will find themselves chuckling along and relating to the dueling sense of exhaustion and joy that comes along with raising an infant. I'd imagin
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: baby
2.5 but rounding up. I had my first baby about three months after Knisley had Pal. I followed her Instagram at that time and also subscribed to her on Patreon. The images she did during this time helped me a lot to feel more normal about how overwhelming and chaotic my life as a new mom felt. It felt like someone reaching through the computer to say don’t worry we’re all going through this. I was really excited for this book but thought there would be a bit more structure to it to help it along. ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading through this book. While I couldn't relate to every instance, it was very therapeutic to see some of my feelings represented on paper. Parenthood (at least for my husband and I) has been a constant rubber band between wanting to spend every minute with baby and just needing a freaking break. After showing my husband a couple of pages he said "So I guess that's a normal thing then!" You don't need to be a parent to find humor in this book, but this will be a go-to baby sh ...more
Andrea (EvergreensAndBookishThings)
Ah, Lucy Knisley just perfectly illustrates real life with her drawing and wit in every book she writes. I feel pretty far removed from the crazy baby days with a 10 and 13 year old, but ‘Go to Sleep, I Miss You’ made all those hazy memories rise to the surface. I even got out the baby books to peruse. Short and sweet, it’s a hilariously fun read for parents of any age!
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Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely perfect. As a mother to 2 little ones, every page was like a written and illustrated comedic play by play of my life the past 2 years. :) I always enjoy Knisley's graphic novels. Her writing is pure with earnest honesty and her illustrations are perfect. Love love love it! And her. Can we be friends now? I'm only 3 hours south of Chi... ;) ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I love everything @lucyknisley publishes, and this one is no different. If you’re a parent, you’ll love this. She captures the crazy-making feeling of the newborn days, all the exhaustion and love and bewilderment and struggle. One thing to know about this book is that it’s a collection of individual cartoons she drew when her son was a newborn - instead of the linear narrative and storytelling style of her other books, this one is more snapshot. But still I found myself laughing out loud and gr ...more
Samantha Mairson
A fun exposé on parenting. The illustrations and voice are amusing. Welcome to the modern reality of new parenting. Thanks for the enjoyable time-pass, Lucy.

My coworker and teen librarian passed this along to me.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute and sweet, and I nodded in recognition a few time, remembering baby days. But this is my least favorite of Knisley's works, which usually contain more depth. A quick, easy read, but not particularly memorable. ...more
Amy Pickett
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
The inimitable Lucy Knisley returns with her latest, chronicling her life as a new parent through a series of moments captured in her sketchbook. I love everything she draws and writes!
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute little doodles. Relatable and a quick read
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was delightful to read another book by my favorite graphic novelist.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Some of the comics are well done, and some are not. It was cute and a quick read.
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Beginning with an love for Archie comics and Calvin and Hobbes, Lucy Knisley (pronounced "nigh-zlee") has always thought of cartooning as the only profession she is suited for. A New York City kid raised by a family of foodies, Lucy is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago currently pursuing an MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies. While completing her BFA at the School of the ...more

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