'Go the F— to Sleep' Author Writes Follow-Up: 'You Have to F—ing Eat'

You Have to Fucking Eat book cover - H 2014
Courtesy of Akashic Books

Adam Mansbach has turned his attention to kids' eating habits, "the other universal source of parental anxiety"

Go the Fuck to Sleep author Adam Mansbach has turned his attention to kids' eating habits.

The writer of the best-selling book, which took a humorous look at a parent's efforts to put a child to sleep, has written a follow-up, You Have to Fucking Eat. The book, illustrated by Owen Brozman and published by Akashic Books, is set for a Nov. 12 release.

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According to the publisher, the book is a "sequel about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal."

"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," Mansbach said in a statement. "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."

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The book appears to be written in the same rhyming style as Go the F— to Sleep. A sample stanza shared on Akashic's website:

The sunrise is golden and lovely
The birds chirp and twitter and tweet,
You woke me and asked for some breakfast,
So why the f— won't you eat?

Go the F— to Sleep, illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, debuted atop the New York Times best-seller list in June 2011 and went on to sell 1.5 million copies worldwide. It also spawned audio versions by Samuel L. Jackson and Werner Herzog. Fox 2000 optioned the film rights last year.

Mansbach also wrote a G-rated version, titled Seriously, Just Go to Sleep, and released a Jamaican patois translation, Go de Rass to Sleep. Reggae singer Shaggy narrated the audiobook for the latter.