While I read my way through the Game of Thrones series, I am going to post reviews to books I read in the past and loved (or had something worth saying about).
Go the F*** to Sleep by Adam Mansbach looks like a crude children's book on the outside, but actually contains the perfect commiseration for all parents within. Last year, this one went viral so finding a PDF on the internet probably won't be too hard (you didn't get it from me).
It starts off like so many bedtime struggles - a gentle tone, reminders that everyone is sleeping. The progresses through the frustration felt when you , as parent, want to just sit down and relax and that little munchkin won't give you the peace to do so. I felt this guys pain (especially this week after the time change and the plague that has been sweeping the house again and MAY have had some bearing on this week's book choice)
This one isn't kid friendly, as is. The illustrations by Ricardo Cortes are simple and kid friendly - meaning if your munchkin happened to open the book and was unable to read the words - they could still come up with some story to go along with it. I admit, I have read this one to my own kids - I just change some of the words as I go and make it a kid friendly bedtime story (while inwardly snorting laughter at what I'm hiding).
The story isn't great - you'll always read ahead to the last two lines of each verse - but it doesn't matter. This is parenthood. Raw and real. Perhaps the best part is that I know I am not the only parent thinking these thoughts...I just wish I'd had the foresight to do this book myself. Perhaps I should write one called "Shut the F*** Up and Eat, Already!"