Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Swear, It's Funny

In my June 17th post, Why the ___ Didn’t I Write That Book First?, about Adam Mansbach’s bestseller, Go the F___ to Sleep, I ended with the question, What kind of spinoffs would you guess are in the works?

Flipping through last week’s The New Yorker, I came across a hysterical cartoon by Barry Blitt that answered the same question. Did anyone else see it? If you have a subscription but missed the cartoon, it’s on page 40 of the July 4, 2011, issue. It’s also archived on the website.

Since I don’t have permission to reprint it, here’s the gist of it: The cartoon, titled “Not Suitable for Kids Books,” features mock book covers with titles like, “You’ll Never _________ Amount to Anything, Just Like Me,” What part of ___ ______ __________ _____ ______ don’t you understand?” and my favorite, “Why the _____can’t you be more like your brother?”

Check it out. It’s a guaranteed giggle, which seems a good idea on this maddeningly hot day. (It’s 90-something in New Jersey.) Cheers.

p.s. This just in. Someone tweeted the cartoon. Google "twitpic more books in the go the fuck to sleep series" and you'll find the link. The Anthony Weiner joke is a side-splitter.


  1. Writers are also a favorite topic for New Yorker cartoons. Click on http://www.cartoonbank.com/professions/authors/icat/468/ to see 110 of them -- and buy a print, t-shirt, etc. of your favs.

    Here's one of mine:
    "Yes, but what I really want to do is write children's books." at The Cartoon Bank

  2. Hehe, J.A., that was a funny cartoon. Sometimes, it seems like everyone is writing--or wants to write--a children's book.

    By the way, AOL posted a funny video interview with author Adam Mansbach today. Here's the link: http://video.aol.com/video/youve-got-adam-mansbach/1927960577

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  4. Oh,. you're right. That third one is hilarious!

  5. Forget the book “Go the F**k to Sleep”, a pathetic, soul-less, allegedly rebel, ‘children’s book’. Don’t waste your hard-earned money, instead read a BANNED book like “America Deceived II” by a real rebel and the “World’s Most Hated Author”, E.A. Blayre III.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

  6. Corey: As mom to two boys, that third one really got me, too.