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Thursday June 16, 2011

Illustrator Ricardo Cortes Sees “Go the F*ck to Sleep” Reach No.1 on NY Times Best Seller List

Illustrator Ricardo Cortes Sees “Go the F*ck to Sleep” Reach No.1 on NY Times Best Seller List

Photo: "Go the F*ck to Sleep" Debuts at No.1 on NYT Best Sellers List

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“Go the F**k to Sleep” a sometimes foul-mouthed but honest book told in a childrens’-book type of way, depicts the frustration parents go through when faced with the usual bedtime illustrations and trying to get their children to go to sleep. And though it went viral even before its release date, when it came time for its official release, it opened to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

The book’s illustrator, Ricardo Cortés, is already an acclaimed artists with his work appearing in a children’s book about marijuana: It’s Just a Plant for which he was also the author and I Don’t Want to Blow You Up!, a coloring book about famous Muslims who are not terrorists.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Exactly one year ago, Go the Fuck to Sleep started as a joking Facebook post by the author Adam Mansbach when he could not get his daughter to fall asleep. His friends loved the fake title so much he decided to turn it into a real nursery rhyme-style book with illustrations by his friend Ricardo Cortes. Instead of traditional galleys, Akashic sent a PDF of the book to independent bookstores in February. The PDF went viral, passed from knowing parent to knowing parent, and propelling the book to No. 1 on Amazon’s bestseller list seven months before publication.”

Today, the book is not only a NY Times best seller, but the audio version of the book is read by Samuel L. Jackson. (See below.)


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