New York Family: Seriously, Just Go to Sleep

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Five Qs with Author Adam Mansbach By Kat Harrison Award-winning novelist [Adam Mansbach]( to some for his racial satire and screenwriting-is the witty and poetic parent who spoke out in the delicately drawn and totally profane children's book for parents, [Go the F*** to Sleep]( (GTFTS). What began as only a Facebook post inspired by his own daughter Vivien's restless nights, soon rallied an army of exhausted yet exuberant moms and dads (and okay, an entire country of critics-cough, New Zealand.) And now, Mansbach has just released a cleaned-up, G-rated version with rearranged illustrations for kids. The name? The very coy[Seriously, Just Go To Sleep]( Let's jump right in. What's life been like post-curse word picture book? It's been totally insane. I mean, we were parodied in both The New Yorker and Mad Magazine. Who else can say that? I never imagined GTFTS would strike such a universal chord, and I'm glad that it's provided some laughs and catharsis for people. I'm grateful for it. Tell us about the G-rated follow-up-Seriously, Just Go To Sleep. We want to know why! We got a lot of feedback from parents who said they read GTFTS to their kids and censored it on the fly-and the kids loved it; they recognized themselves in the story. A few people even said it made putting their kids to bed easier.So we figured we'd do a version that let kids in on the fun. It gave Ricardo [Cortes] a chance to remix the illustrations, and me a chance to make sure the poetic form stays intact even in a G-rated version. To read the full article at New York Family [click here](

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