Here's a free Father's Day gift that parents swear by: Samuel L. Jackson's reading of the mock children's book "Go the F--- to Sleep" is being offered as a no-cost download via Audible.com.
The book, by professor and author Adam Mansbach, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller when it came out in 2011 after the frustrated dad couldn't convince daughter Vivien to fall asleep. Actor Jackson, who's known for his prolific profanity in such films as "Pulp Fiction," was a natural to record the book's six-minute audio version.
Jackson took to the task like a champ, pulling out a gentle storybook purr to deliver such lines as:
"All the kids in daycare are in dreamland. The froggie has made his last leap."
Before switching effortlessly to a tough-guy, Jules Winnfield-style delivery for lines like:
"Hell, no, you can't go to the bathroom! You know where you can go? The f--- to sleep!"
Jackson's only child, daughter Zoe, was born in 1982, but he can still relate to the book's sentiments.
"I remember all those times when I did read to my daughter when she was that age and everybody tells you reading stories will put kids to sleep, but it never works. It didn't in my house," Jackson said in a statement. "I did say 'go the f--- to sleep' to her a lot, and I think at some point she would look at me when I would come into her room, and she would say, 'Go the f--- to sleep, Daddy?' and I would say, 'Yeah, go the f--- to sleep.'"
The download is free through Father's Day, June 15, at Audible.com.
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