Sunday, January 19, 2014

Book Review: Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

I was provided a copy of "Dad is Fat" by Jim Gaffigan to review, many moons ago. At the time I thought nothing of my selection for the task, after all I am a writer of some repute. Later I realized this may have had something to with my status as a fat dad. Dammit. I'm fairly sure I committed to reading and reviewing this before Christmas or was it Father's day last year? Who can remember these things? I'm sure Jim would understand, ah, who am I kidding? He has 5 kids so I'd be surprised if he even remembers he wrote a book. I have only 2 kids so my slightly lower level of insanity should give me the upper hand if it ever comes up. Gaffigan may have me in the insanity department, but with effort I like to imagine that I can approach his level of procrastination one day... maybe tomorrow?

As for the book, you want to know if you should read it I suppose. The quick answer is yes. If you're a parent, or know parents, like to laugh at parents struggling in public places, or were raised by parents I think you will enjoy it. The book starts off on the right foot with a title straight from the mouths (or drawing hand) of a child. "Dad Is Fat," I know! I was also shocked to see something like this coming from the hot Pocket guy and I really expected something like "Dad is Fit," but I digress.

The book takes the reader on a hilarious journey of ever-increasing insanity as Jim's family increases and his living quarters remain the same comically-small size. From raucous stories of road trips, clueless childless days, parent friends to dealing with the everyday trials of going anywhere with five little people (half the adventure is in getting ready and Gaffigan often entertains the idea of giving up on the simplest chores - especially in the New York winters).

The flow of the book was great, especially for those with ADHD or parents of small children who can only concentrate for 3 minutes at a time while we are on the ceramic throne. The book is broken down into short, hilarious stories for perfect digestion between baby wrangling and snack preparation.

Gaffigan's book gave me hope I can hold onto my sense of humor (it's all I have left - my dignity has long since vacated the building) as I navigate parenthood and that I need never fear that I'll be "cool" again. Thank you for that, Jim, and thanks for the laughs!

You can find Gaffigan's book and all the info for following him everywhere (he cracks me up on Facebook and Twitter) right here:

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