You're Only Old Once!

You're Only Old Once!

Book - 1986
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Random House, Inc.
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!

Baker & Taylor
Dr. Seuss's elderly Everyman travels, in rhyme and illustrations, along the Golden Years Clinic's assembly line of medical tests and questions, meeting Miss Becker of Stethescope Row, Dr. Pollen, Dietician Van Eiffel, and others

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1986
ISBN: 9780394551906
Characteristics: [46] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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May 19, 2018

The book was written over 30 years ago with Dr. Seuss poking fun at a visit to the doctor. Amazingly (or frighteningly), the health care system depicted continues to ring true today. So his recommendation on the back cover is still valid.

Illustrated in classic Dr. Seuss fashion with the orderly (Whelden the wheeler) dressed in a onesy, the "up" sign pointing down, and the "down" sign pointing up. And since you have two socks, they were stored in two opposite locations.

After finishing the book, I looked over the first 7 pages again. Moral of the story: Take care of your health now by living well so later you won't be wishing you had.

Jul 08, 2016

An older book that's been recently reviewed, and coming into focus as generations of Dr. Seuss parents go geriatric. OPL should consider acquiring more than just one copy!

Dec 12, 2014

I remember reading this book for the very first time in a doctor's office. It is a satire on the medical system. The older man in the story is dragged from one examination to another of every imaginable type. Then he is given a pile of pills for every ill and finally sent to fill out a stack of papers for billing.

This book is not written for children. It is written for adults who appreciate the humor of being dragged from one doctor to the next and having to wait, wait, wait in between. And in the end all those test really tell the character is that he is doing better than most.

The story is fun and funny and oh so true for those of us who have been dragged through the medical system. However, to truly appreciate this book, the adult must love children's books as well since it is written in picture book style. I happen to love picture books so I love this book. The text doesn't carry the same zing as many of Seuss' books, but it is a fun read nonetheless.

Jenny_Fry Oct 16, 2014

Dr. Seuss for adults! Awesome!

Apr 25, 2012

As an "obsolete child", I loved it. I'm particularly taken with the "Pill Drill" - All obsolete children should read it - I bought it for my dad years ago!!


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Oct 15, 2016

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