Go to Sleep (I Miss You)
Lucy Knisley is one of the great memoirists of the graphic novel format. Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir KID GLOVES (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, which she posted on her Instagram, and which quickly gained her a huge cult following among other moms.The best of those wildly popular little cartoons are collected in this adorable gift book, a perfect read for expecting parents, new parents, and anyone who loves funny, relatable comics storytelling.

Go to Sleep (I Miss You) Details

TitleGo to Sleep (I Miss You)
Author
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781250211491
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Parenting, Autobiography, Memoir, Comics, Nonfiction

Go to Sleep (I Miss You) Review

  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Lucy Knisley is, book by book, especially in recent years, accomplishing a rather remarkable feat, as she catalogues her life, stage by stage. There was (among so many other books from her I have read) her part-advice, part-memoir wedding book, Something New; her similar making-a-baby book, Kid Gloves (followed by a couple kid picture books--unusual in that the bulk of her work is memoir) and now this book which is mostly cartoons with some writing about different areas in her experience of new Lucy Knisley is, book by book, especially in recent years, accomplishing a rather remarkable feat, as she catalogues her life, stage by stage. There was (among so many other books from her I have read) her part-advice, part-memoir wedding book, Something New; her similar making-a-baby book, Kid Gloves (followed by a couple kid picture books--unusual in that the bulk of her work is memoir) and now this book which is mostly cartoons with some writing about different areas in her experience of new parenthood, areas such as sleep, chow time, fashion, long days, and so on. Knisley is committed to telling the truth about being a woman in all its dimensions. Baby books seem to gloss over the challenges and she wants to make sure women who want to have babies are told that it is sometimes very hard. And she hopes to make you smile as you sometimes wince as you read. While I--an older male father of a few kids--am not surprised by almost anything she shares here, including her breathless joy about being a mom, the drawing--taken, maybe sometimes adapted-- from her sketchbooks is as always colorful, warm, inviting, adorable. I thought the "Chow Time" section was my favorite, the funniest. I kind of prefer the snark/edginess of someone like Guy DeLisle (The Owner's Manual to Terrible Parenting) or the edgy humor of Keilor Roberts (Powdered Milk), but it's all good. I think we can expect books on every stage of motherhood from Knisley, and how fun is that to imagine? Of course there are many diary comics writers, and many comics memoirists, but this developing oeuvre reminds me of the similar, every-segment-of-his-life work of Québécois comics memoirist Michel Rabagliati (though his work is mainly looking back, and Knisley is mainly looking at, in the present). Quite an accomplishment.
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  • Priscilla Basilio
    January 1, 1970
    This was so sweet and funny. I just wish it had been longer.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Oof. Yes.
  • Katelyn
    January 1, 1970
    It was delightful to read another book by my favorite graphic novelist.
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Cute little doodles. Relatable and a quick read
  • Amy Pickett
    January 1, 1970
    The inimitable Lucy Knisley returns with her latest, chronicling her life as a new parent through a series of moments captured in her sketchbook. I love everything she draws and writes!
  • Carin
    January 1, 1970
    I don't have kids. But I am the oldest child, my youngest sibling, my half-brother, is 12 years younger than me, and he slept in my room until he was four. I got up in the middle of the night with him scores of time, and taught him how to climb out of his crib before he could walk. I also was a nanny in college for infant twins. I am very good with babies. So this lovely, sweet, occasionally distracted memoir in cartoons about being a brand-new mother still managed to speak to me despite my lack I don't have kids. But I am the oldest child, my youngest sibling, my half-brother, is 12 years younger than me, and he slept in my room until he was four. I got up in the middle of the night with him scores of time, and taught him how to climb out of his crib before he could walk. I also was a nanny in college for infant twins. I am very good with babies. So this lovely, sweet, occasionally distracted memoir in cartoons about being a brand-new mother still managed to speak to me despite my lack of child. Lucy's exhaustion, pain, hunger, and LOVE all come through with a few strokes of the pen. Made me appreciate mothers everywhere, and also so glad I'm not one myself.THE most perfect baby shower gift ever.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of Lucy Knisley for years. I first read French Milk back in 2009 and since then have read every book as she's published them. So I was a little disappointed at the lack narrative in this book. I'll confess I have not read Kid Gloves, so perhaps that will hold the narrative graphic memoir style that I've come to know, love and expect from Knisley.If you're a fan of Knisley, this book is worth a quick read just because it will feel familiar.If you're not yet a fan, I highly I've been a fan of Lucy Knisley for years. I first read French Milk back in 2009 and since then have read every book as she's published them. So I was a little disappointed at the lack narrative in this book. I'll confess I have not read Kid Gloves, so perhaps that will hold the narrative graphic memoir style that I've come to know, love and expect from Knisley.If you're a fan of Knisley, this book is worth a quick read just because it will feel familiar.If you're not yet a fan, I highly recommend starting with French Milk and working your way through her memoirs. They are engaging and relatable.
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  • Gretchen
    January 1, 1970
    I feel really weird reviewing this book because I don't think it's written for me. I do not want children, and the breathless shocking joy of motherhood is neither something I want nor can even imagine experiencing. That said, I do very much appreciate Knisley's devotion to telling her truth about motherhood, and I have always loved the way she captures the hilarity of the weird and awkward moments in life. I appreciate being given a lens into an experience I won't have, and am in awe of the I feel really weird reviewing this book because I don't think it's written for me. I do not want children, and the breathless shocking joy of motherhood is neither something I want nor can even imagine experiencing. That said, I do very much appreciate Knisley's devotion to telling her truth about motherhood, and I have always loved the way she captures the hilarity of the weird and awkward moments in life. I appreciate being given a lens into an experience I won't have, and am in awe of the vulnerability and poise Knisley shares with the rest of us.
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  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Knisley offers up an amusing collection of one-page gags about mothering her infant son. Sure, she's not in groundbreaking territory as she jokes about baby poop and toddler mischief, but every page made me very happy. I think this fun book is a great companion to the more dramatic story of her pregnancy recounted in Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos.
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  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious, heartwarming, tender, relatable (even though I don't have kids yet!), honest, and sweet. Even though I have only read two of her books Lucy Knisely is becoming a fast favorite. Parents with little babies and parents whose babies are all grown up will both appreciate this collection of cartoons Lucy drew in the early stages of her son's life. I look forward to revisiting this once I have survived what she calls "the fog of new parenthood".
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I started following Lucy Knisley after reading Something New, which was right after Pal was born so I remember many of these comics well. While I don't have children myself, my mother and I have followed Pal on Insta since he was a baby so it was fun to see those days again.I do also have a new niece which helped me in some comics I might have passed by originally (gripe water).
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    A style different than Knisley’s earlier publications, this book is more of a collection of new parent / new baby moments, as opposed her usual linear narratives. The vignettes of daily life with a baby and the challenges / rewards presented in adjusting to life as a parent are funny and relatable. Knisley never disappoints!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Great read for any mom!As a mom of a toddler, I guffawed, cried and then said "yep" over and over again while reading this book. I have the kindle version, but just bought a hard copy to give to a friend who is having her baby's 1st birthday party this weekend as a "congratulations, you've made it thus far" gift.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel can be read in less than 30 minutes. I have read everything that Lucy Knisley has written and this was my least favorite book, perhaps if I had a newborn I would have enjoyed it more.
  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very quick read that I enjoyed. It is a variety of comics that the author created as she was going through the first years of a bring a moth. I much preferred the other adult graphic novels that she written but I would recommend this one as well.
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  • Annemarie Plenert
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a sweet book! I really enjoyed it, like I love all of Lucy Knisley's things. It's individual comics rather than an ongoing story and it does a great job of capturing all the tangled-up feelings of early parenthood.
  • Melanie Sims
    January 1, 1970
    If I weren’t spending all my money on zip-up pajamas and cute tethers, I’d buy this book for all the new moms I know. Such a cute and poignant look at mommyhood. A breath of fresh air for the brain.
  • Ampersand Inc.
    January 1, 1970
    Super sweet little strips about her first year with her son. At turns heartwarming and horrifying (so many hard truths about breastfeeding and diaper blowouts!) Would make a great gift for any new mom/mom-to-be.
  • Rich Farrell
    January 1, 1970
    Knisley is one of the few authors where I rush to pick up anything she’s creating (including following her on Patreon), so I naturally enjoyed Go to Sleep (I Miss You). While I prefer her more extended comic memoirs, this one was as sweet and captivating as any of her other works.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I love everything @lucyknisley publishes, and this one is no different. If you’re a parent, you’ll love this. She captures the crazy-making feeling of the newborn days, all the exhaustion and love and bewilderment and struggle. One thing to know about this book is that it’s a collection of individual cartoons she drew when her son was a newborn - instead of the linear narrative and storytelling style of her other books, this one is more snapshot. But still I found myself laughing out loud and I love everything @lucyknisley publishes, and this one is no different. If you’re a parent, you’ll love this. She captures the crazy-making feeling of the newborn days, all the exhaustion and love and bewilderment and struggle. One thing to know about this book is that it’s a collection of individual cartoons she drew when her son was a newborn - instead of the linear narrative and storytelling style of her other books, this one is more snapshot. But still I found myself laughing out loud and groaning and showing my husband every other page.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Spot on. Hilarious. Embarrassingly true.
  • Bernadette
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed. I missed my kids. I enjoyed quiet time
  • Samantha Fraenkel
    January 1, 1970
    It’s all true :)
  • Megan Sanks
    January 1, 1970
    Knisley's work never disappoints
  • ZepysGirl
    January 1, 1970
    These were cute, if a bit scattered.
  • Lauren Salisbury
    January 1, 1970
    Everything about this book is perfect.
  • Ryan Fohl
    January 1, 1970
    Just so sweet and true. I simply looooove the way she draws babies. Some of the single panels are tattoo worthy.What I learned: Sorry but it’s actually my baby who is the best.
  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    This book perfectly summarizes motherhood with humorous observations and cute moments. I am so happy to have it, as it totally suits my emotional needs.
  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    Truly delightful. This book is the ideal breastfeeding companion.
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