Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortés

"The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest/And the creatures who crawl, run, and creep/I know you're not thirsty. That's bullshit. Stop lying/Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep." This is a representative stanza from Adam Mansbach's smash-hit, Facebook-incubated children's book for parents, Go the Fuck to Sleep (Akashic, $14.95). Mansbach's profane nursery rhyme spoof is hilarious and greatly enhanced by Ricardo Cortés' cherubic, deadpan illustrations. But underlying is the startlingly honest notion that parents hate to read children's books to their children. Which begs the question: Why not read more mature literature in order to induce sleep from your child? Wouldn't an exhaustive John McPhee dispatch on applied aeronautics coax the eyelids down a whole lot quicker—and leave your kid a whole lot smarter—than some idiotic trifle about purple elephants and shit? Try it; it could be the next parental frontier. MIKE SEELY

Thu., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., 2011

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