Thursday, June 16, 2011

Go The F*#% To Sleep!

I know. Shocking blog title isn't it? Sorry about that.

I heard about this bedtime story book Go the F**k To Sleep on last night's ABC Nightline segment {click to see the video} and just knew I had to talk about it.

Meant to be strictly an entertainment outlet for frustrated parents, it actually started as a joke on the author's Facebook page after dealing with his own daughter's bedtime issues. He made a personal video spoof of a fictional book that went viral in record time and prompted the writing of the actual book that is flying off the shelves and being talked about all across the net.

Although written in the style and rhyming tone of a typical child's storybook, including illustrations, the author deems this book as a 'children's book for adults' and says that "you probably should not read it to your children."
"The cats nestle close to their kittens. The lambs have laid down with the sheep. You're cozy and warm in your bed, my dear. Please go the f#@ to sleep."
Okay. I see the humor of it, and in a way I can certainly get it. I was lucky. My son was, and well, in truth, still is, a good sleeper - when he can squeeze it in with work, school, hobbies, and his own two young children. I do know how frustrating being a new parent can be - and that is especially true sometimes when bedtime rolls around. All you want to do is get those little angels to bed and have a little me or we time, right? A little humor couldn't hurt. Or could it?

We have become a potty-mouth society without barely a blink of an eye these days, that is true, and I say that as a collective "we." Words my parents would never consider using are now commonplace, but... is this going just a little too far? What do you think? Funny? Or just downright vulgar?

If you think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, all I can say is just be sure that you keep it away from wandering eyes. I'm thinking that maybe in this case, the Kindle version or the audiobook, narrated by none other than Samuel L. Jackson, would be more appropriate for the sleep-deprived parent. Or maybe, let's just stick to this instead... and calm those nerves of both the parent and the child in a more traditional manner. Just sayin'...



  1. I must admit, when I first read the title and the summary of this book, weeks ago, I, because of my upbringing, was a little taken aback.
    I have been known to drop the f bomb from time to time and can if "egged on" get to going on occasion but just because something looks like it is benign does not mean it is. Everyone has the right to do as they please, I suppose, but (and that comma but makes me an old fool to some) I am still a little sour on this one. While I find humor in the idea because goodness knows I have had thoughts of selling mine to the first passing gypsy at times, but no. (there's that comma but again). Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.
    The Olde Bagg

  2. Yeah, I think I'd have to agree with you on this one Linda. I had the same initial reaction. But then it's flying off the shelves so to speak since it's release so it really makes ya think doesn't it?


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