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You're Only Old Once! (1986)

by Dr. Seuss

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In the familiar Dr. Suess vein, but not quite as charming as his children's books. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Rated: B+ ( )
  jmcdbooks | Jan 28, 2013 |
You're Only Old Once follows an apprehensive, elderly man during his visit to a health clinic. as he is poked and prodded and tested by various doctors with various outlandish devices. At the end he is presented with all the bills that he (and his heirs) will have to pay.

The main point to note is that this is not a children's book. In fact, it's not clear who the target audience was, since adults are likely to find it depressing. Since Mr. Geisel wrote it at age of 82 (four years before he died), perhaps he wrote it for himself, as a way of trying to turn his medical care into a source of private amusement. To be sure, there is bleak humor, and the illustrations are of the typical "Seuss" variety. But I would not recommend it as a gift to anyone at either end of the age continuum. ( )
4 vote danielx | Apr 10, 2011 |
Great book about getting old and going to the doctors office. Like all Dr. Seuss books it is very colorful and fun to read as well as look at. Be careful when you are old and go to the doctors office, they will want to do a lot of strange tests on you. ( )
1 vote tlelm | Apr 7, 2010 |
This is a good book for Dr. Seuss week/day. It's AR reading level is 7.0 and for the lesson plan with word detectives, the children learned a lot of words! ( )
  ljemanuel | Mar 8, 2010 |
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With Affection for and Afflictions with the Members of the Class of 1925
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One day you will read in the National Geographic of a faraway land with no smelly bad traffic.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394551907, Hardcover)

Subtitled A Book for Obsolete Children, this unusual item in the Seuss canon doesn't really belong among the children's books. Written to celebrate the nonsense master's 82nd birthday, it follows "you" (an elderly gent in a suit and white moustache) through a physical check-up in some fiendish geriatric clinic. You are measured, prodded, and subjected to all the medical indignities familiar and unfamiliar to the elderly. "You must see Dr. Pollen, our Allergy Whiz, who knows every sniffle and itch that there is... He will check your reactions to thumbtacks and glue, catcher's mitts, leaf mould, and cardigans too. Nasturtiums and marble cake, white and blue chalks, anthracite coal and the feathers of hawks." It's clear that the process is going to be long, but much shorter than the bill. The blurb on the back says it all: "Is this a children's book? Well... not immediately. You buy a copy for your child now and you give it to him on his 70th birthday." Actually, it would make an amusing gift for anyone over 40. --Richard Farr

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A man goes through a hilarious battery of tests at his annual checkup.

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