When I met Adam Mansbach, author of the instantly classic children’s book for adults, “Go the F to Sleep,” I asked him if he planned on doing a follow-up book, like “Eat Your G.D. Vegetables” or “Stop Hitting Your F’ing Brother.” He told me no, that he’d rather not try to repeat his success with some half-hearted attempt at cashing in on the new curse-laden literary genre he’d created. But Mansbach’s unwillingness to sell out hasn’t prevented another set of authors from taking his f*cking great idea and running with it.
Which brings us to the new book, “If You Give a Kid a Cookie, Will He Shut the F Up?,” by Marcy Roznick and Miranda Lemming, out now from St. Martin’s Press. Not only does the book (admittedly) bite Mansbach’s style, it parodies the popular “If You Give a [Blank] a [Blank]” series by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. In their description of the book, St. Martin’s says, “Before they Go the F**k to Sleep, they need to Shut the F**k Up. If you give a kid a cookie, will he shut the f**k up? That is the question at the heart of this hilarious, deeply honest, profanity-laced book for parents who will do whatever it takes for a moment’s peace.”
When “Go the F to Sleep” was first released, author Amy Sohn wrote an essay for Babble wondering if a woman could get away with writing the same type of book. Now two women have, and it’s even more brash than the original, with references to drunk uncles and – of all things – cockfighting. Check out these images from “If You Give a Kid a Cookie, Will He Shut the F Up?” and let us know what you think about it!
If You Give a Kid a Cookie… 1 of 5
Will He Shut the F Up? 2 of 5
Well, the sugar rush will make him crazy… 3 of 5So you'll put on a TV show to calm him down, but a purple dinosaur will tell him scissors are dangerous...
So he’ll reach for a pair, and knock over your beer… 4 of 5The smell will remind him of Uncle Billy, who he'll want to call.
Of course, the old drunk won’t answer… 5 of 5And your kid'll throw a tantrum until you drive over to roust your useless brother-in-law.
You can read the rest of the book here, and order from Amazon here. An audio book is forthcoming, to be recorded by Bobcat Goldthwait. In related news, I was just informed yesterday that my video interview with Adam Mansbach will be included in the new e-book version of “Go the F to Sleep.”
So, what do you think? Would you buy “If You Give a Kid a Cookie?”
Do you think these children’s books are any worse?