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Author who put bad language into bedtime writes sweary sequel


Adam Mansbachs new picture book offers a lighthearted adults-only take on that other crisis point in a parents day: dinner time

Like its predecessor, Adam Mansbachs new picture book comes with the warning that it probably shouldnt be read to children. You Have to Fucking Eat, the followup to his surprise bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, sees the novelist tackle another part of the unending battle of wills that is parenthood: food.

The unlikely combination of a picture books sweet, animal-heavy illustrations and neat rhymes with words that most parents would prefer their children to avoid sent Go the Fuck to Sleep soaring to the top of bestseller lists in 2011, winning it fans from Samuel L Jackson to Werner Herzog. Jackson recorded an official audiobook, in which the actor gave voice to lines including: The cubs and the lions are snoring, / Wrapped in a big snuggly heap. / How come you can do all this other great shit / But you cant lie the fuck down and sleep? and The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest / And the creatures who crawl, run and creep. / I know youre not thirsty. Thats bullshit. Stop lying. / Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep.

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