Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

72%

21 Critic Reviews

The inclusion of dozens of photographs featuring Gaffigan's adorable family furthers the personal touch.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jim Gaffigan

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JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian and actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Crown Archetype. 290 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Dad Is Fat
All: 21 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
on Mar 23 2013

Hardly groundbreaking comedy material, but the book will appeal to Gaffigan’s fans. Others can stick to his usually funny Twitter feed.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 13 2013

The inclusion of dozens of photographs featuring Gaffigan's adorable family furthers the personal touch.

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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 23 2013

...you know you’re beginning to witness a once-effective formula running itself into the ground.

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Boing Boing

Good
Reviewed by John Biggs on Aug 20 2013

Regardless of your relative fatness, however, we can all agree with Gaffigan when he writes "Buy this book. I is a good writer."

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Esquire

Below average
on Jul 14 2014

Occasionally, a dog will be presented as some training method for having a baby...This is a little like testing the waters of being a vegetarian by having lettuce on your burger. Okay, maybe that metaphor doesn’t make sense, but neither does using a dog as a training method for having a baby.

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My San Antonio

Above average
Reviewed by Mark Stoeltje on Jun 13 2013

While Gaffigan sometimes slips into groan-worthy corniness, he'll suddenly throw in a zinger. One, about preparing for a home birth, had me laughing so hard and so long that my wife thought something was wrong with me.

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My Entertainment World

Good
Reviewed by Brock Swinson on May 24 2013

...the comic insight provides something for everyone, reminding readers of their own childhood or warning parents that family life is relentlessly surprising, despite any thoughts of preemptive measures.

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The Spit Take

Good
Reviewed by Nick A. Zaino III on Jul 14 2014

There’s insight and compassion in that observation, and a tacit acknowledgment that however much he might protest, he enjoys the chaos, even if he can’t help but throw in a punchline.

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The Mockingbird

Good
Reviewed by MATT SCHNEIDER on May 06 2013

My overall response is that while most parenting books (i.e., how-to manuals), even the few out there for fathers, are basically works of law, Dad Is Fat is a work of grace. Parenting authors tend to objectify parents and children, speaking about and to them, but Gaffigan empathizes with and for us...

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Central Michigan Life

Good
Reviewed by Nathan Clark on Aug 26 2013

“Dad is Fat” might not crack the top five of the New York Times best seller list anytime soon, but it is still worth reading for anyone with a sense of humor and a few bucks to help Gaffigan move his family into a bigger home to stop the madness.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Sep 11 2013

Anyone familiar with children's picture books, as a parent who read them a zillion times, or a teacher or librarian familiar with them, will love Jim Gaffigan's summary of familiar titles.

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Book Journey

Above average
Reviewed by Sheila on Jul 30 2013

An awesome listen or read for any parent who feels they may be outnumbered in their home or even for people like me who have no...

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Book Hooked Blog

Good
Reviewed by Julie G on Aug 26 2013

I think it will also appeal to those who are interested in a less crude, more clean type of humor. If you find yourself looking for un-offensive comedians, you should definitely check out Gaffigan.

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Laura's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Laura on Sep 08 2013

Gaffigan has captured what it is to be a parent of young kids, and it was nice to know that someone else is in the safe boat. It was also wonderful to find the humor in it all.

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Diary of a Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Rhiannon on Nov 11 2013

...the brilliant part about Gaffigan's humor, both his stand up and now his book, is it's everyman/woman kind of humor, no kids needed...Without a doubt this is a book I hope you not only read, but that you share, because this is one of those books that's only better when you get to giggle over it with others.

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Cozy Little Book Journal

Good
Reviewed by Beatnik Mary on Sep 08 2013

At its core, Dad is Fat is relentlessly endearing. Gaffigan is a dad. That's his true identity. He loves it, is overwhelmed by it, is annoyed by it, and is completely at the mercy of his love for his children and his love of being a dad.

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Steph the Bookworm

Above average
Reviewed by StephTheBookworm on Feb 07 2014

.All in all though, I’d say this book is really targeted more towards parents who are fans of his, rather than all of his fans. If you’re currently childless, you may not enjoy this one as much. This is not to say it’s a bad book – it certainly is not… it just wasn’t up my alley at this particular stage in my life!

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IRBRATB

Good
on Jul 14 2014

Jim Gaffigan is one funny dad, but don’t take my word for it. If you need a good laugh, go get this book. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book!

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Stewart Pierson

Below average
Reviewed by Stewart Pierson on Jun 24 2013

I can picture my wife laughing hysterically at this book because she appreciates family humor a bit more than I do but this just wasn't enough comedy for me.

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Dad of Divas' Reviews

Good
on Apr 28 2013

This was a well written book that will make you laugh and feel that you have someone to definitely commiserate with you in your parenting journey!

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Through a Glass, Darkly

Good
Reviewed by Kari on May 21 2014

I like him because he finds the humor in some of the terrible parts of parenting like living in a two-bedroom apartment with five kids and because he tells stories that make his wife sound great...Everyone should buy this book because Jim Gaffigan needs to be able to afford a bigger apartment.

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