Children's bedtime stories are supposed to be soothing tales designed to help a child fall sleep. The latest bedtime story called "Go the F**k to Sleep" is not that type of book.
According to the Daily Mail, a New Jersey writer named Adam Mansbach was having trouble putting his daughter to sleep. To vent his frustration, he went on an expletive-filled rant on Facebook. His friends liked it so much, they encouraged him to write a book. Hence "Go the F**k to Sleep" was born.
The story is composed as a poem with a four-line stanza on each page, every one ending with the line: "Please go the f**k to sleep."
Here is an example:
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**k to sleep.
"Hopefully, the book is very reflective of what we all feel putting our kids to bed, he said on "The Today Show." "We all love our kids – it’s not like we stop loving our kids – but as the minutes tick by, we’ll do anything to get out of that room."
The book seems destined to be a hit. It is already in Amazon's top 300 books, and it doesn't even go on sale until October.
"I've been really amazed and gratified by the response," he said. "Obviously, this has hit a nerve; I knew it was funny when I wrote it, and it seemed like a universal sentiment, but it's been crazy to watch it take off."