Plenty of people with kids—and many without—greatly enjoyed the brutal honesty of Adam Mansbach’s best-selling children’s book Go The Fuck to Sleep (and Samuel L Jackson’s audio book rendition). Now he’s written a follow up based another major parental frustration called You have to Fucking Eat.
As he told Mashable: “Because it’s such a fundamental thing—one of life’s great joys, in fact—there’s a particular frustration that comes with not being able to get your kid to eat. Trying to get a kid to put on her shoes might be crazy-making, but it’s not quite the same as having her reject the basic concept of sustenance. It seemed to me like a universal experience, and one that parents would welcome the chance to commune over and laugh about.”
Profane, loving, and deeply cathartic, You Have to Fucking Eat breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving moms and dads a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem.
Says author Adam Mansbach, the unlikely spokesperson for a new generation of parents worldwide: “There’s been plenty of enthusiasm for a sequel over the years (and plenty of suggestions!) but I always said I’d only do one if it rang true to me—if I felt like I could imbue it with the same kind of honesty, love, and frustration as the first book. And eating is the other universal source of parental anxiety, a battle of wills just as pitched as sleep can be. From my own experiences and plenty of conversations with other parents, it seemed like a topic folks could use a laugh and a bit of catharsis about.”
Adam Mansbach once again teams up with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books on this release, which features illustrations by Owen Brozman, whose art has appeared in Scholastic, Time Out New York, and National Geographic. Like the smash hit Go the Fuck to Sleep, You Have to Fucking Eat perfectly captures Mansbach’s trademark humor, which is simultaneously affectionate and radically honest. You probably shouldn’t read it to your kids [although there is kid-friendly version Seriously, Just Go to Sleep].
Go the Fuck to Sleep is a #1 New York Times bestseller and an international sensation. It has been translated into over thirty languages worldwide, ranging from Afrikaans to Turkish and even Jamaican patois. The audiobook features an iconic performance by Samuel L. Jackson that became a viral phenomenon listened to millions of times.
You Have to Fucking Eat will be simultaneously published by Canongate (UK) and Text (Australia). Both companies published Go the Fuck to Sleep, which reached #1 best-seller status in the UK and Australia. Audible Studios will again produce the audiobook; casting is now underway.
Hopefully the swearword-loving Mr Jackson is willing to reprise his role.