OK, I admit that my title was rather misleading. But I am sure many of you are aware of this title – Go the F to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes. I won’t post an image because my daughter and other kids might see it and ask about what it means.
The idea behind this book – a parent’s increasing agitation at their child not falling asleep at lights out and coming up with amazingly inventive reasons not to shut their eyes – is a very funny one. It’s clever visually too – making it look like an innocent bedtime story and then pounding you with profanities which make it anything but. But the gratuitous swearing is what gets to me actually. I know, I know – it’s an inner monologue and not said aloud to the child (though if you listen to Samuel L Jackson’s introduction to it before he reads it aloud he admits he used to say the words of the title so often to his little girl that she could gleefully recite them when he came into her bedroom). But there’s a violence to the language that makes it distasteful and rather unnerving even as an adult’s book.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m a prude!
What are your thoughts on this?
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