Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

First of all, I have been waiting to read this book for MONTHS, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that this book was available for review! I'm sure most of my readers have heard of the comedian Jim Gaffigan. He is one of the few who are actually family-friendly and clean! He is probably best known for his "Hot Pocket" bit he does at his shows.

This guy is hilarious. Seriously. I do most of my reading after my family is already sleeping, and at times this book had me laughing out loud. I am surprised my laughter didn't wake my family!

Throughout this book, and with much comic relief, Jim introduces readers to his family. His wife Jeannie, and his 5 children. Hilariously, he shares the reactions he receives when someone finds out he has five kids. Or what it's like living in a 5 story walk-up in New York City with 7 family members. Probably one of my favorite chapters was when Jim shared about the children's books that he reads to his kids.

"A critical analysis of children's literature: The Very Hungry Caterpillar- I'm sure I'm not the only one who is concerned that maybe the main character has an eating disorder. Hey, I identify. Five Little Monkeys- I'd think that after the second little monkey jumped off the bed and bumped its head, the doctor who the mama called would have been tempted to call Children's Services. Yet the doctor's advice remained "No more monkeys jumping on the bed." Really? Didn't that doctor take an oath at some point? I smell a lucrative malpractice suit."

Not only was Jim hilarious in his book, but the stuff he writes about his wife is actually pretty endearing. I know a lot of comedians that have used their wives as the butt of their jokes, but not this guy. No, he pretty much says that he is a schmuck most of the time, and he would be lost without his wife. She is the glue that holds their family together. He may make jokes out of his crazy kiddos from time to time, but he is a father who genuinely cares for them and respects them for the little people they are.

I was not disappointed with this book and I believe that it truly lived up to all of it's hype. It's hilarious, but yet sweet as Jim shares his greatest treasures- his kids. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good laugh! I rate it as 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in ebook form from Blogging for Books in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like such a good book! Hope you and your family are doing wonderful!