I'm sure he grew up just fine.
As parents, most of us have been to that place - in the wee hours of the morning, when a cranky and wide-awake child creates a parent who despairs of ever getting any sleep. Everything you've been taught or read in a parenting manual is an exercise in futility, and you know it makes you a bad parent, but
Come on kid, go the f**k to sleep!
Adam Manspach has captured this sentiment perfectly in his pseudo-children's picture book, Go the F**k to Sleep. Told in rhyming verse, the tale takes us through each successive stage of a long evening spent with a sleepless child, and all the things we're not supposed to think*, but do anyway.
The cubs and the lions are snoring,
Wrapped in a big snuggly heap.
How come you can do all this other great sh*t
But you can't lie the f**k down and sleep?
Ricardo Cortes' lush illustrations accompany the text, with beautiful scenes of sleeping villages at night, sleeping lions and tigers, glorious mountain peaks against a dusky sky ... and a gleeful, animated, but mostly wide-awake toddler bouncing through the scenes.
It's the perfect gift for the new parent, assuming they have a sense of humor**. Some late night, they will need it, and read it to their toddler, and it won't help the kid sleep it will help mom or dad get through the experience.
Monsters Eat Whiny Children, by Bruce Eric Kaplan. It follows the saga of Henry and Eve, two whiny children who don't heed their father's warnings and are promptly stolen by a monster. They whine as he makes whiny-child salad with them, but since his wife doesn't care for cilantro dressing, he hoses them off and attempts to make whiny-child burgers instead ... but has some trouble with the grill. And on it goes, with more monsters joining in and suggesting what dish would be the best way to serve two delicious whiny children:
"We could make some rice, put a little curry on them, and have an Indian dish," someone suggested halfheartedly. "Perhaps a whiny-child vindaloo."
They all tried to figure out if they were in the mood for Indian food.
Sometimes it's so hard to figure out if you're in the mood for Indian food.The illustrations are simple but witty doodles that accent the comic text perfectly. I just adored this book and laughed hysterically at several pages.
My daughter, age eleven, promptly claimed my copy, claiming she needs it, "for someday when I babysit, I'm going to read it to the kids. It will be very handy."
I'm sure they'll grow up just fine.
*Eff you, Doctor Spock. And all your successors.
** And if they don't, why are you friends with them?
***Assuming they live that long. Seriously kid, go to sleep.