You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children

You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children

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by Dr. Seuss
     
 

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With his unmistakable rhymes and signature illustration style, Dr. Seuss creates a classic picture-book ode to aging in You're Only Old Once! On a visit to "the Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair," readers will laugh with familiar horror at the poking and prodding and testing and ogling that go hand in hand with

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With his unmistakable rhymes and signature illustration style, Dr. Seuss creates a classic picture-book ode to aging in You're Only Old Once! On a visit to "the Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair," readers will laugh with familiar horror at the poking and prodding and testing and ogling that go hand in hand with the dreaded appellation of "senior citizen." Though Dr. Seuss is known for his peerless work in books for children, this comical look at what it's like to get older is ideal for Seuss fans of advanced years. In his own words, this is "a book for obsolete children." A perfect gift for retirement, birthdays, and holidays!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
I am thrilled about this book! How very clever! This is not the typical book that Dr. Seuss writes for children but rather a book for those of us who are getting on in years. The setting takes place in a clinic where an elderly man is waiting for and experiences a thorough physical exam. There is a doctor for everything and tests galore, and the man hates the sitting and waiting for what will come next. "…And if you're the type that gets finicky-finick, at this point you'll try to get out of that clinic. But they will outwit you as quick as a winick! The Quiz Doctor will catch you! They'll start questionnairing! They'll ask you, point blank, how your parts are all faring…." and "try to recall if your grandma hurt most in the spring or the fall. Did your cousins have dreadful wild nightmares at night? Did they suffer such ailments as Bus Drivers Blight, Chimney Sweep's Stupor, or Prune Picker's Plight?" I laughed out loud and read it several times, thinking of all the people I can give this to as a gift. The illustrations are hilarious and go perfectly with the text. I just cannot say enough good things about this book! Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394551906
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/28/1986
Series:
Classic Seuss Series
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
1,234
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 2, 1904
Date of Death:
September 4, 1991
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Education:
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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You're Only Old Once! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
burton More than 1 year ago
This book is fun to read over and over. Obviously written late in life, and rife with clever and comical views of the tribulations of the elderly patient. Kids like it too:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really cute. It makes light of some of the challenges or unpleasantries of getting older. It is found under "Humor" rather than with the other Dr. Seuss books in the children's section. I got it as a gift for my grandma who is 90.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great B-day gift for my sister. We both grew up with Dr. Seuss books.
kaw More than 1 year ago
I work with the elderly and disabled, and bought this book in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. We read it aloud to about a dozen people as part of a discussion about Dr. Seuss. It's cute and funny, but I worried as I was reading it that it might be a little depressing for them. It goes on & on about the hassles of being old or sick. I expected it to focus more on the good or fun aspects. Some people found it funny, but others didn't respond much. I think it's really a personality thing, so if you're thinking of buying it as a gift for an older person, make sure they *already* have a sense of humor and can laugh at their own misfortunes. This book will not make them feel better about being old, it will just rhymingly review all the procedures involved in being shuttled from doctor to doctor. It's more like a long amusing complaint about red tape and rigamarole(?) and ends with a mild, "not bad, I could be worse I guess" feeling. But.... it's Dr. Seuss... I feel guilty not being thrilled with something he wrote. The illustrative and writing styles are the same as the majority of his books; a twisty, winding, colorful path both visually and lyrically. It's fun in that way, it's just that the topic hits home pretty hard for some people.
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this is a book for the over-60 crowd. For most of us in that age group, it is a "been there, done that" experience. Without a chance to laugh at ourselves, what is there?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great gift idea for birthdays, retirement gift ect. Will put a smile on the grumpiest grinch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister loved it!
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JoJoJG More than 1 year ago
I hoped this would be more clever.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect gift for the adult who has everything. I have given several copies to friends on their birthdays and it is always the hit of the party. I always have an emergency copy on hand. As I grow old I so relate to the humor and wit of the book. In otherwords it is priceless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book for all ages to comfort the soul and lend solace to the fear of the medical experience. Uplifting and insightful! Appropriate for the adult child. A good book to have read to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr.Seuss' book 'Your only old once' is a really good book. It's for older kids because it has some words that are too big for young kids. Great gift for elders,70-90.(as a joke)FIVE STARS!! for reply e-mail limpytoad2001@aol.com BYE-BYE