What kind of sane human being would willingly live in a tiny two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan with five children, let alone write a book dedicated to that kind of madness?
The answer: nobody.Except Jim Gaffigan. This comedian and young author is no ordinary man. He’s an extraordinary man, a pale man, a fatherly man and, according to his kids, fat.
Gaffigan’s book, “Dad is Fat,” is a hilarious work of literary entertainment that can soften up even the most uptight of readers with its stories of awkward situations in public and of being a father who just wants to take a nap.
The book primarily focuses on Gaffigan’s joys and pains of raising his five kids with his wife in New York while being a comedian, a profession typically not synonymous with having happy marriages and lots of children.
“Dad is Fat” is not a fluid book that needs to be read from beginning to end to understand. It is more like a collection of short essays. If one story doesn’t seem to make sense, or isn’t funny to the reader, it can be skipped over without the fear of missing a crucial plot device.
Every story feels like a bit from one of Gaffigan’s stand-up acts, and some are even taken from previous comedy specials. However, there are still more new stories in the book than old ones. So super-fans can easily skim over the old content and laugh at the new stuff.
Page for page, the book is very easy to read and can be finished in one sitting by a committed reader.
“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.
RATING: 4.5/5 stars