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You're Only Old Once! (1986)

by Dr. Seuss

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In honor of his 82nd birthday Theodore Geisel celebrated with the publication of this picture book for adults or, to use his term, 'obsolute children'. The story follows an ambiguous 'you' on a visit to the Golden Years Clinic where you have gone for a checkup. From absurd questionnaires about the health history of every extended member of your family past and present to a plethora of prescription pills with a complicated dosage schedule every inch of you is inspected and ogled by a huge staff of doctors. You even visit the dietician's office where you lay on a table and appetizing foods pass by your nose so the doctor can determine which foods you like the most. "And when that guy finds out what you like, you can bet it won't be on your diet, From here on, forget it!" It's all in good fun with Seuss' silly rhymes that tickle your funny bone. ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
I really loved this story, and I hope I remember to read it again when I am old.
  kali.joy | Nov 2, 2015 |
You're Only Old Once by Dr. Seuss
Funny at times when a man goes to his annual physical exam, he will be lucky to make it out with his clothes on.
Whimsical rhyming tale of how doctors will find something wrong with you and have you referred to yet another doctor although you are having no symptoms.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Feb 3, 2015 |
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 |
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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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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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