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Samuel L. Jackson reads 'Go the F --- to Sleep'

June 15, 2011 | 11:59 am

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Writer Adam Mansbach's childrens book parody "Go the F--- to Sleep" is the gift that keeps giving. Digital galleys of the book, which was released on Tuesday, went viral in early May helping it to shoot to the top of the Amazon best seller list before it was even printed. And now Samuel L. Jackson has recorded an audio version of the book, which is available, for free, on Audible.com.

Why all the hullabaloo around this book? Because any parent who has tried to put a toddler down to sleep has inevitably felt the need to curse, a lot. As Jackson says in the beginning of the recording, "Everyone tells you that reading stories will put kids to sleep, but it never works. It didn't in my house.... I did say go the 'F' to sleep to her a lot. And then she would look at me and say, 'Go the F to sleep, daddy?' And I would say, 'Yeah. Go the 'F' to sleep.' "

As if that weren't awesome enough, Gothamist has a video of comedian Judah Friedlander reading "Go the F--- to Sleep" at a party for the book's release earlier this week, and the site is reporting rumors that Werner Herzog has also expressed interest in making a recording.

Will more celebrities get on board? We'd like a woman's voice to get in the mix -- after all, moms can get just as frustrated as dads when their kids won't go to sleep. Our vote is for Karen O.

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-- Deborah Netburn

Image: The cover of "Go the F-- to Sleep." Credit: Akashic Books.

Photo: Samuel L. Jackson at the 65th annual Tony Awards. Jackson has recorded and audio version of the book. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

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