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Hit Parenting Book 'Go the F*ck to Sleep' Is Getting a Sequel

And the title won’t disappoint.
ByLaurie Ulster
Contributing Writer
Updated
September 9, 2019
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If you’re one of those parents who laughed your butt off at Adam Mansbach’s hilarious book Go the F*ck to Sleep, you’re in for a treat—there’s a new sequel hitting shelves next month. If you’re expecting a second child, you’ll especially relate.

The new book, titled F*ck, Now There Are Two of You, addresses “with radical honesty, the family implosion that occurs when a second child arrives,” according to the publisher’s description—a struggle any second-time parent will tell you is most definitely real. The book comes out on October 1 but is available for presale now.

Mansbach’s first book, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, was a huge hit. Inspired by his then 2-year-old daughter Vivian, who used to take two hours to fall asleep, it became a surprise New York Times bestseller. It was released as an audiobook narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (yes, it’s amazing) and has been read aloud by other celebrities on podcasts or in public: Jennifer Garner read it for Vanity Fair (which you can watch on YouTube) and LeVar Burton did the same for a charity live stream event.

The hilarious and oh-so-relatable read includes lines like, “The windows are dark in the town, child, the whales huddle down in the deep, I’ll read you one very last book, if you swear you’ll go the f*ck to sleep,” and, “The eagles who soar through the sky are dressed, and the creatures who crawl, run and creep. I know you’re not thirsty, that’s bullsh*t! Stop lying! Lie the f*ck down, my darling, and sleep.”

With its explicit language, the original was clearly not intended for a kiddie audience, so Mansbach eventually wrote one for parents and kids to read together called Seriously, Just Go to Sleep (without the expletives). He did the same with his book about trying to get toddlers to eat, releasing the two titles You Have to F*cking Eat and its non-sweary companion, Seriously, You Have to Eat.

In creating the sibling-themed sequel, illustrated by Owen Brozman, Mansbach was inspired when his second child was born two years after his first. He addressed the book to an older sibling—although, like the first, it’s definitely more parent-pleasing than child-friendly. The verse on the first page sets the tone: “I have wonderful news for you, darling, a little brother or sister is coming—what fun! As for me, my life’s pretty much fucked now, because two’s a million more kids than one.”

The book should provide a lot of much-needed laughs for exhausted parents, but if you need some practical advice on how to prepare your older kid for a baby brother or sister, we’ve got your back.

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