The illustrator of a beloved children’s book is drawing on cannabis for his next project.
Written by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, Go the F— to Sleep is a children’s book intended for adults who are dealing with the heartwarming joy of a small child who refuses to go beddy-bye. The other book, It’s Just a Plant, brings that same no-nonsense humour to a considerably more controversial topic.
“Marijuana can be hard to talk about,” noted the book’s website. “Many parents have tried it, millions still use it, and some feel awkward about disclosing their history (many duck the question), for fear that it might encourage kids to experiment, too,” it said.
“Meanwhile, the ‘drug facts’ children learn in school can be more frightening than educational, blaming pot for everything from teenage pregnancy to terrorism. A child’s first awareness of drugs should come from a better source,” the website added.
The book follows the journey of a young girl who learns about cannabis from a variety of different sources, including her parents, a farmer, the police and a doctor, who all provide a different perspective on pot.
Children need to know this stuff, the website noted, because millions of their parents have marijuana hidden in their house at this very moment. It’s probably why the kids are the only ones in the house having trouble sleeping.
But the updated edition of the book, which is scheduled to be out in April, also teaches youngsters a very important lesson: Stay away from other’s people’s pot.
“It’s Just a Plant explicitly addresses the potential harm of drug abuse and insists that marijuana is not to be experimented with by children. As with books that teach kids about sex, It’s Just a Plant encourages parents to explore the topic and children’s questions about it, all the while reminding them that trying ‘pot’ is an experience for responsible adults.”
Or, you know, whatever kind of parents they have.
Written by David Yasvinski