HW’s Book Reviews: Go the Fuck to Sleep


If you think saying “fuck” to a toddler is the funniest thing ever, and evidently a lot of people do judging from the rave reviews on Facebook, then you’ll love this book.

SPOILER ALERT: The joke is that infants don’t have the same sleep patterns as grownups — ha ha — which is breaking news to this hapless unfit shithead of a parent, who spews page after page of rhymed obscenities at his child.

I didn’t say “fuck” to my kid until he was a teenager, and even then it wasn’t to be funny.

Seriously: Children are a gift from God and I don’t even believe in God. I love the time that my son and I were boys together more than I love anything.

If you think there’s anything clever or funny about this book, please stay away from me . . .

  6 comments for “HW’s Book Reviews: Go the Fuck to Sleep

  1. Joel Hickman
    22 May 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Umm… You do realize that it is a parody of a children’s book and not meant to be read to small children, right?

  2. HW
    22 May 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Joel –

    The narrator in the book is talking to a child. Why is that funny?

  3. MS
    1 Jun 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Okay, I’ve since found a PDF of this online. Perhaps you had an angelic young child who never frustrated you or took up more of your time than you wanted to give, but I can relate to every page of this book. I LOL’d several times.

    What’s funny is that as terrible as it sounds, probably all parents have experienced this phenomenon. No, we don’t say “go the f4*k to sleep” to our darling children, but we certainly think it repeatedly. I know I did. I don’t know how anyone could say they haven’t. Also, to your point above, the narrator isn’t necessarily talking to a child. It looks to me like we’re reading the narrator’s thoughts.

  4. HW
    2 Jun 2011 at 12:33 am

    What I’d like to know is what people are doing that’s so mission critical that they can’t spend some time putting their kids to bed?

  5. MS
    2 Jun 2011 at 10:20 am

    Some time…how long is some time in your estimate? My experience, and what I gathered from the author, is that the time period is much longer than one would expect. Picture this: you work full time, you pick up the kid at daycare on your way home, you make dinner, you do the dishes, you play with the kid, you give the kid a bath, you try to get him ready for bed, and then 2 hours later it’s 10:30pm and he’s still wide awake and YOU’RE exhausted. Multiply this by 5 days a week. Seriously, go the fuck to sleep, kid.

  6. HW
    2 Jun 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I’m a hostile voice in the hostile wilderness. I haven’t made much difference in the world but I did have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of one person. Life gave me a gift in that respect. I never had the feeling that you and the narrator of this book had, I don’t understand it, and to me it’s the furthest thing from being funny.

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