In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor"). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.
©2013 Jim Gaffigan (P)2013 Random House Audio
I'm not sure if this book would have been more entertaining if I were a parent... I often enjoy humor that is about the parent/child dynamic so I thought that this would still be of interest to me. Gaffigan's performance was well done and his stories were well structured, they just weren't that engaging for the most part.
As a parent of three little kids my husband and I thought this book was hilarious and spot on. I'm sure it would be funny to others as well, but being in the middle of what he is describing made me cry a few times it was so funny and accurate. I also love that he narrates it because you get to hear how he would tell the jokes.
We listened to this audio book on our way down to the beach for a family vacation ... Hilarious! ... and we didn't have to endure repetitive "are we there yet?" questions from our four kiddos.
A funny overview of parenting that brought many memories back in review with laughter. Jim Gaffigan has a great way of expressing his father and family experience.
Not nearly as sharp or clever as his standup, his book on parenting was written along side his wife and suffers from a watered-down, predictable style. More of a family journal than an attempt at parenting insights, his take on fathering 5 kids is often rather obvious. You shouldn't take 4 kids skiing? Kids like cake? And the author as reader fails in this instance. His delivery becomes monotonous and he often looses his train of thought mid-sentence.
Jim Gaffigan never fails to make me laugh. I have to admit its better to see his standup because a lot of his facial expressions make me laugh, but this audio book was great.
So honest, a person has to laugh. Jim captures the ironies perfectly of pretending to be an adult. His self-deprecating humor is hilarious.
Yes--so funny, smart, and engaging that I was laughing out loud.
He brought his own stories alive--I could see him living the experiences he was recounting.
Great book even for those of us who do not have kids.
Report Inappropriate Content