Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: May 07, 2013
Genre: Nonfiction / Humor
Goodreads Average: 3.77 *As of 8/14/2019*
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.
What it’s about: Jim Gaffigan talks about family, the complications of having five children, and children in general.
I listened to Dad Is Fat on audiobook which is the way I recommend ‘reading’ it. Gaffigan reads his own audiobooks which makes them even more enjoyable than if you were just reading the words. I also listened to Food: A Love Story by Gaffigan which was really good, but I actually liked this one even more. I thought this was funnier, and I really liked that it wasn’t as long. The book is less than 300 pages so the audio is just short of 5.5 hours which was perfect for our road trip.
I love Gaffigan’s stand-up, and I really enjoyed listening to him talk more about his kids and family. I think that anyone with kids should be able to relate to something in Dad Is Fat, and even though I myself am childless, I was able to relate to some things as well. Plus he writes the way he does his comedy, so if you like that you should like this!
Song/s the book brought to mind: A mix of You’re Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins and Family is Family by Kacey Musgraves.
Final Thought: I am keeping my review for Dad Is Fat short and sweet because I don’t want to give any details away. Basically, if you like Jim Gaffigan you should like this book, and once again – listening to it is the way to go! I’m sad that he doesn’t have any other books I can listen to, but his wife Jeannie has one releasing in October 2019 and if she reads it, that may just have to be my next road trip book!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5