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Publisher's Note:

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.…

Dad Is Fat

by Jim Gaffigan

Overall Book Review:

Jim Gaffigan, a well-known comedian, does his best work in this Dad Is Fat. It is a book you will positively love because everyone loves to laugh.

This is a parenting book from a comedian’s perspective. In other words, don’t always take his advice, just enjoy it. Also, there is no need to be a parent to read this book (I loved it, and I am married without kids). That being said, it would be a great gift to a parent, as long as the receiver won’t feel like you are making a pointed comment concerning their weight (see title of book). 

The audiobook is the way to go because Gaffigan does his own narrating, so it is like you are watching one of his shows. His voice and inflections make each joke funnier than just the written word.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 7 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 3 anatomical terms.

Note: There are 2 f-word acronyms used. These were not tallied in the language content rating.

Violence/Gore:  A joke about shooting someone; prison rape is mentioned in passing; circumcision is joked about at length, a bit graphic; a character gets hit by a snowboarder.

Sex/Nudity:  Sex is mentioned in passing; getting a woman pregnant is mentioned in passing; sexual innuendo (2); a story about a child drawing a picture of a sexual body part; sexual reference.

Mature Subject Matter:

There are a couple of jokes that could be considered sacrilegious.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drinking alcohol is mentioned.

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About the Reviewer

I am devoted to stories. The guest bedroom at our house is themed “Harry Potter.” My dream job is to be a librarian or book editor. I even wanted to name our dog Ender or Julian Delphiki, but my husband put his foot down (which was probably a good idea).