I listened to the audio version read by Samuel L. Jackson and couldn't stop laughing, recommended if your are looking for a good quick laugh.
“I know you're not thirsty. That's bullshit. Stop lying. Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep.”
I was just made aware that LeVar Burton read this. I was used to Samuel L. Jackson's narration, so unsure how I'd feel about this. (I love Burton, but Jackson nails the narration, so I wasn't sure if this would hold up in comparison.)
It does. See it here. Judge for yourself, but for me, this is equally as good as Jackson's narration. The fact that he was caught on camera, thinking the book was over when it wasn't, was charming, too.
And no matter how many times I read or listen to this book, it doesn't stop getting funny!
I actually think my stomach muscles will be sore tomorrow from laughing so hard. So, in summation, listening to Samuel L. Jackson read this is an excellent alternative to going to the gym.
For all you Reading Rainbow fans out there, Levar Burton also nails his narration of this same gem of a bedtime story.
Adam Mansbach writes what I (and perhaps he) would describe as "alternative children's books". The man is fucking brilliant.
Yes, I said "fucking". If you can't get past the profanity, you are not the target audience for these books.
These books are for everyone who has ever loved a child beyond reason. These books are also for everyone who has ever watched their own child, or someone else's precious darling, disintegrate into Satan's spawn before their very eyes.
Sometimes you just have to let it out. You can't be perfect every second of every day. There are a thousand wrong ways to parent, but no idiot-proof way to get it right. And I say this as a non-parent who couldn't do your job for five seconds!
Mr. Mansbach reminds us that we are all so very human, and yeah, sometimes we lose it. And, my sister's warnings notwithstanding, my adorable nieces will NOT be scarred for life if they hear the word "fuck" now and again. After all, they're allowed to watch Daddy watch football, right? :-)