Author Adam Mansbach has been at it again – he has recently divulged the launching of “You Have to F***ing Eat,” the anticipated sequel to his previous book, “Go the F**k to Sleep.” Mansbach says his books are “children’s books for adults,” and his writing does indeed have a singsong-y quality to it despite its being laced with profanity.
Mansbach’s first book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” did rather well – it spent 41 weeks in the top 10 of the New York Times bestseller list, and has rhyme-based lines like “The cubs and the lions are snoring, / Wrapped in a big snuggly heap.
/ How come you can do all this other great s— / But you can’t lie the f— down and sleep?” But how did it inspire his most recent story? Mansbach stated , “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.” “You Have to F***ing Eat” will have pictures by Owen Brozman, whose art has been featured in Scholastic, Time Out New York, and National Geographic.
The book’s publisher, Canongate, added, “[It will focus on] the other parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal.” Telegraph reports that the sequel will be published in November in the US, UK, and Australia.