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You're Only Old Once!, a Dr. Seuss Book for Obsolete Children

Updated on August 20, 2014

You're Only Old Once! is a Dr. Seuss book aimed at aging adults (or has he calls them obsolete children) rather than his usual audience of children as he wrote the book to celebrate his 82nd birthday on March 2, 1986. I like to get this book for people for a milestone birthday when they are getting old. I might get this book for someone turning 30 or 40 as a "taste of what's to come" but for birthdays older than that, people might be able to relate to it more.

The humor in this book focuses on some crazy medical tests being done at the "Golden Years Clinic" and it's filled with a bunch of funny words and rhymes and fun illustrations like you'd expect from any Dr. Seuss book. Many older adults may be able to relate to this book... doctors do tests, and you want answers, but you get more tests (and you know your bill is going to be really huge). The book can at least help one to laugh about it.

We most recently got this book for my father-in-law on his 70th birthday and it was a hit. He was sure my husband picked it out since it deals with "old age" but I was the one who had the idea, though my husband agreed it would be a cool gift for him.

I'm a big fan of Dr. Seuss and I have bought lots of electronic Dr. Seuss books on my tablet recently, so I don't think Dr. Seuss is just for kids but it is cool that he wrote this book for adults. I like the humor and funny words in his books, but I also believe there is wisdom that can be gained from reading Dr. Seuss books, such as The Lorax, one of my favorites.

Another Dr. Seuss Birthday Book:

Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday to You!

Here is another Dr. Seuss birthday book that makes a good gift for kids and even adults.

I like it because it is positive, and makes a really big deal about your birthday.

For certain people it would make a better gift than the other Dr. Seuss book aimed at old people.


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