Not for Vivien, Mansbach said. “We were certainly aware of that but we could never really bring ourselves to do it.” Turns out the sleep thing cleared when his toddler dropped her nap.
Brad Wilkening in Chicago is about to become a dad for the first time. Surrounded by people delivering horror stories, he ordered the book for a laugh. “It almost seems like there’s some gang initiation phase to parenthood,” he said. “I like things that are over-the-top funny.”
Vivien may be sleeping just fine, but Mansbach said he’s still not getting enough shut-eye. “At this point it’s this crazy book keeping me awake.”
Twisted kid-book parodies aren’t new. In 1969, there was a Harvard Lampoon send-up of “Lord of the Rings” called “Bored of the Rings.” Since 2008, the Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd picture book classic “Goodnight Moon” has been treated to “Goodnight Bush,” as in George W., and “Goodnight Goon,” featuring a little werewolf “in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon.”
On pre-order right now with Mansbach’s book is the July 1 release “Goodnight Keith Moon.” He was an F-bomb lovin’ drummer, kids. In a rock band called The Who.