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Dad Is Fat

Gaffigan, Jim

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dad Is Fat
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Archetype,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385349055
038534905X
Branch Call Number: 814.6 G131d 2013
Characteristics: xi, 274 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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A comedian riffs on life with five kids in a 2-bedroom New York City apartment.

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.

Comment by: multcolib Oct 16, 2013

"Schooled" by Jen F. - Embarrassment of Riches blog https://multcolib.org/blog/20130920/schooled So I'm pretty sure when a six-year-old asks if the babies just "explode out of their moms' stomachs" when they're born, the officially sanctioned and appropriately parental answer... Read More »


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Love his stand-up, but reading his book you start to realize that a good portion of his comedic value comes from his delivery style. If you read all of the short essays, you'll recognize some of it word for word from his stand up routine. As someone else mentioned, it is very akin to reading parenting blogs.

Jul 01, 2014
  • bethysteffy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love funny people, and Jim Gaffigan is no exception. Is this a sit-down-engrossing-from-start-to-finish-read? No, but it was laugh out loud funny and a quick, fun read. Highly recommend to people who love his comedy.

Feb 02, 2014
  • campingmomma rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I just decided to say what Narshkite on Librarything said, "Full disclosure: I only read 1/4 of this. This reads like a compendium of daddy blog posts. The most I got out of this was a knowing smile, not so much as a haha emerged. Nothing objectionable here, and Gaffigan seems like a nice guy, but there is nothing here that hasn't been written as well millions times on thousands of parenting blogs."

It's not often that I don't finish a book, but I have several books to read at the moment and just need to move on. Nothing personal Jim.

Jan 11, 2014
  • newdog rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I love comedians and their books; however, after reading 30 pages I hadn't even chuckled & it didn't keep my interest, so I stopped reading it.

This is a very funny book!!! Parents will relate, but you don't have to be a parent to enjoy. I'm not, and I laughed a LOT!!!

Jul 16, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Honest, but heartwarming, this funny book had me laughing out loud nearly every chapter. Fans of Gaffigan's stand up will appreciate the nuggets of his act scattered throughout and fans of "honest parenting" books will love this latest addition to the genre.

Jul 04, 2013
  • amgriffin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I love his stand-up. His book is laugh out loud in many parts, but his wife kinda bugs...

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When I didn't have kids, I didn't get it, and I shouldn't have. I had never fight in the Vietnam War and had dinner in Paris on the same day.

When I didn't have kids, I didn't get it, and I shouldn't have. I had never fight in the Vietnam War and had dinner in Paris on the same day.

When I didn't have kids, I didn't get it, and I shouldn't have. I had never fight in the Vietnam War and had dinner in Paris on the same day.

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Jun 20, 2014
  • sems77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is Jim's take on raising 5 kids in NYC. As a parent and fan of his standup I found it very funny.

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