'F**k, Now There Are Two of You'
By: Adam Mansbach - Akashic Books, $11.49
Description: The third installment in Adam Mansbach’s international best-selling 'Go the F**k to Sleep' series addresses, with radical honesty, the family implosion that occurs when a second child arrives.
FYI: Larry David is lending his voice to the audiobook version of this popular children's tale. The comedian will narrate 'F**k, Now There Are Two of You,' the third installment in the 'Go the F**k to Sleep' bedtime story series by Adam Mansbach.
Verdict: Writer Adam Mansbach famously gave voice to two of parenting’s primal struggles in 'Go the F**k to Sleep' and 'You Have to F**king Eat' — the often-imitated, never-duplicated pair of New York Times best sellers that ushered in a new era of radical honesty in humor books for parents.
But what could possibly be left?
Parents — new, old, expectant, and grand — of multiple children already knew the answer. Adam discovered it for himself by having two more kids, less than two years apart!
'F**k, Now There Are Two of You' is a loving monologue about the new addition to the family, addressed to a big sibling and shot through with Adam’s trademark profane truth-telling.
Gorgeously illustrated by Owen Brozman and chock-full of unspoken sentiments channeled directly from the brains of parents worldwide, 'F**k, Now There Are Two of You' articulates all the fears and frustrations attendant to the simple, math-defying fact that two is a million more kids than one.
Dedicated to Zanthe and Asa, and Olivia, the book isn't long at 28 pages, but it certainly gets directly to the worrisome core of all parents now embracing the arrival of a second child!
I loved the first two books and found them both to be rather cute and quite eye-openingly refreshing in their thoughts and connotations. However, and as much as this third one follows suit to the growth of the series perfectly, I also found it to be a wee bit harsher!
In truth, the book is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of those things that instantly divides people before even getting a third of the way though reading it!
For you are either on board with the whole swearing thing or you are not. Ergo, whether or not it's been purposely designed as such, you will either hate it, be disgusted by it, and have raging anger outbursts over it, or you will "get it" for what it's meant to be; and not only laugh with each page turn, but nod in complete understanding.
Personally, I use the "f-bomb" waaaaaay too much (even when nobody is a round), but here in 'F**k, Now There Are Two of You' it's as if the page-turning nods are now every other third page or so.
Some might call it wicked and/or even twisted humor, and that's just fine, but the undercurrent to these books has always been they were colorful bouts of parental expression tinged with the fire that burns inside us all toward things out of our control ie: small children!
Although definitely not for children, author Adam Mansbach has, yet again, brought forth a new chapter in this growing epidemic of our human nature and captured it perfectly; albeit slightly more sterner, more aggrieved this time round.
For as a parent, and as frustrated as we can get with our small children, sure we say and do things that outsiders without children might raise an eyebrow too and such, but whatever the kids are doing (or not doing), we always make very sure we don't step over the line.
I mean, yes, all kids are rotten, mischievous and downright annoyingly puerile at times, and Mansbach pays attention to this too. For he expresses the true frustration of parenthood without ever being mean to the children themselves.
As for the artwork by Owen Brozman, well, it is wonderful, very colorful and perfectly becomes the visual aid for the rant that accompanies it on the page!
About the Author: Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic and humorist. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 'Go the F**k to Sleep,' which has been translated into forty languages, named Time Magazine's 2011 "Thing of the Year," and sold over two million copies worldwide.
The 2014 sequel, 'You Have to F**king Eat,' is also a New York Times bestseller.
Mansbach's 2013 novel, Rage is Back, was named a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio and the San Francisco Chronicle. Adapted for television by Mansbach and Danny Hoch, it is currently in development at USA as an hour-long drama.
Mansbach's previous novels include The End of the Jews (2008) which won the California Book Award, and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, or the Miscegenation of Macon Detornay (2005), which is taught at more than eighty schools and was adapted into a prize-winning stage play in 2008.
Mansbach also writes in several other literary genres. His debut thriller, The Dead Run was published by HarperCollins in 2013, and the sequel, The Devil's Bag Man, in 2015.
The first book in a middle grades series co-written with Alan Zweibel and entitled Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my Ass, was published in September 2015 by Hyperion.
Jake the Fake Keeps It Real, the first title in a middle grades series co-written with Craig Robinson, came out September 4th, 2018 with the sequel, Jake the Fake Goes for Laughs coming out his past March 26th, 2019.
He is also the author, with Zwiebel and Dave Barry, of For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them, a parody Haggadah, which came out March 7th, 2017 via Flatiron Books.
Mansbach lives in Berkeley, California, and is a frequent lecturer on college campuses.
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