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You're Only Old Once!

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,552 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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 app ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 56 pages
Published February 12th 1986 by New York: Random House (first published January 1st 1986)
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My mom loved this book! She found it at the library sale and was laughing so hard we finally begged her to read it aloud ;-) I hate to classify books as being only for certain age groups, but, the cover indicates this is for "obsolete children" and I really do think its humor will best be appreciated by readers of a certain age with a fair amount of experience in waiting rooms and doctors offices. Sadly, my mom has had her fair share of that already by taking my late grandparents to their many a ...more
Oliver Radtke
I finished reading "You're Only Old Once" by Dr.Seuss. I thought this book was funny, witty, and easy to read. The book was about an old man who went to the hospital for a check up. Throughout his check up, they kept proceeding on doing more tests on him. After all his tests were done, he found out that he was in good shape, and did not have to worry at all.

I read this book to my little cousin who is in fourth grade. She did not enjoy the book as much as I thought she would have. She said that s
Mar 03, 2015 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: obsolete children
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and the Read Across America event, we decided to read one of his books we had not read before.

This book was first published in 1986, and since I was a teenager back then, I suppose I'm not too surprised that I'd never seen or heard of this book before. It's certainly meant for older adults, and I am sure that the older you get, the more you can appreciate the humor.

Our girls still loved the whimsical nature of the story, and I loved that we discovered yet anothe
Michelle McBeth
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 t
Carol Feidt
hilarious and true to life

I was wondering what it would read like but I was laughing at the similarity that are in my life!
Javone Mcclelland
Dr. Seuss wrote this book about himself when he was beginning to get very sick, he was in and out of the hospital and was suffering many illnesses. To pass his time in the waiting rooms and hospital beds he began to draw images of hospital machines and scenes of medical procedures. He eventually began to connect these into a book. This was one of his first books that was for elderly people and connected to a different audience. Although intended for a different audience, the pictures were still ...more
Maria Hagen
I liked this book, but I thought that a lot of children would miss the vocabulary. However, since it's a book for "obsolete" children, it may be to remind adults that aging isn't that bad.
I thought this book had an interesting perspective on the pharmaceutical industry. It seemed to say that a lot of this wasn't really worth it.
What I didn't like that much is that it still seemed to bring across the message that being old is not a good thing to be.
Children could definitely enjoy it because of t
A fun book on the perils of aging.
Apr 23, 2015 Dylan added it
I read "You're Only Old Once" by Dr. Seuss. I thought this book was very funny and sort of true. When people get old they have to undergo many tests that might seem uncomfortable. If the tests are bad you have to take lots of pills that will help certain problems. In this book it shows me that I never want to get old.

This book starts off by telling you that you'll be sitting in a doctor's office feeling nervous. WHen the doctor comes out he goes through many tests like a full body exam. Now I do
Tots R
You're only Old once by Dr. Seuss
I love just about every book Dr. Seuss writes. He sure does know how to write a poem, a rhythm, or story to capture a child's attention. I have almost the whole collection of Dr. Seuss books available in my daycare for my children to Read. Dr. Seuss poetry is funny and always has a riddle when reading it. This book is great to read over and over again to kids they loves it and it makes them laugh every time I read it to them. This book also makes you feel happy a
Alexis Espinosa
You're Only Old Once! follows an elderly man to The Golden Years clinic where he undergoes bizarre medical tests. It is a rhyming book and has a poetry format.

Comments/observations: The reading level of this book is third to fifth grade although older readers would find this book more enjoyable. The theme of this book include culture, diversity, and growing up. My emotional readers response was that it reminded me of classic Dr. Seuss with all the rhyming. Students like to read books that rhyme
Amanda Howard
I loved this book. It was such a fun look at going to the doctors particularly when you are much older. Even though I'm not that old, I still enjoyed this book because of the way Dr. Seuss writes. All of the rhyming and beautiful pictures really make this book fun. It really does illustrate what it is like to go to the doctors. One doctors recommends you to another and so on. I would recommend this books to all obsolete children! This is definitely not a book most children would like even though ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
Dr Seuss examines the old age.

I was honestly expecting more from this book. Yes health care becomes and increasingly large part of your life as you age, but there are certainly other, potentially amusing, aspects of getting old (uppity wipper-snappers, the joys of riding your mobility scooter at top speed (15km/h) in a 80km/h zone, the love of grandkids, how everyone you knew your age (or even younger!) is dead, the fear of how dangerous the world has become, stopping complete strangers with bab
Jun 10, 2011 Crawford marked it as to-read
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BMJ 2011; 342:d3002 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d3002
(Published 18 May 2011)

You’re Only Old Once!

Reviewed by
Desmond O’Neill
Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, Dublin

Dignity is a hard concept to master, especially with care of older people, the key demographic of adult medicine. Clinicians sometimes confound undignified practice and clinical settings with a loss of dignity in the person. Equally, the lay public may describe those with illnesses such as d
Before the famous children's books Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and drew social commentary directed at an older audience, and more momentous and horrific topics, some not universally popular at the time. (For example, regarding fascism as a greater threat than Communism when there was still an American right, many rich and powerful, that still regarded Hitler as a friend and bulwark against Bolshevism, a strong position against isolationism and pacifism, criticizing racism in the U.S. against Jews ...more
Julie Barrett
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).
Fun book that reminds us that getting old does not have to be so bad. I love reading Dr. Seuss books to my children and they love the rhyming and funny things that go on. When I say this book on the adult section of my library I wasn't sure what to expect but it was not disappointing. I love Dr. Seuss book. Definitely recommend it super easy to read, short and enlightening as always with a humor!
Shelby Fungone
This book was so true and relevant to my grandparents, who are turning 70 next month. It's about a man who goes into the doctors office and is tested for all of these different things like what his eating diet consists of and his hearing. Dr. Seuss illustrates it in the most crazy and wonky of ways, like when the man is tested for hearing there's a large grandfather's clock chiming and people making noise with loud instruments and a large spout of water dropping water into a tub. The whole time ...more
Mark Isaak
Dr. Seuss tells us tales, as we know from our youth,
Quite fantastic, yet somehow quite true to the truth.
Now his magical brushes and pen serve as guide
To the medical clinic and what lurks inside.
The subject for codgers is most apropos,
But the spirit is true to the kids' books we know.
For men geriatric and gals of old age,
This book will delight with each colorful page.
P. Henninger
How can one possibly read any Dr. Seuss book and not laugh?

To those of us baby-boomers who are getting up there (and our parents), everything the book says about our experiences with the medical profession are so true! Like the tests that determine what food you enjoy and then removes them from your diet, for one.

This is a must for big kids, just as "The Cat In The Hat" or "Green Eggs and Ham" are for little kids!
Buku yang menghibur bagi mereka yang beranjak tua. Tokoh utamanya adalah seorang kakek yang melakukan pemeriksaan di sebuah klinik. Sambil menunggu serangkaian tes, ia curhat pada Norval. Siapa itu Norval? salah satu ikan penghuni akuarium klinik.

"Dietician Von Eiffel controls the Wuff-Whiffer, our diet-devising computerized sniffer,
on which you just simply lie down in repose
and sniff at good food as it goes pas your nose.

From caviar soufflé to caribou roast,
From pemmican patties to terrapin to
You're Only Old Once is another Dr. Seuss picture book, but this time it's directed toward older adults. It's written in the style of all his other works--humorous poetry with made-up words and Dr. Seuss' typical illustrations. The entire book is a look at what
happens when you have to go to the doctor or to the hospital when get old.
I did a bunch of ordering from the library and found this book to read to my son at bedtime. I'd never heard of half of the books, so this one was that I got.
I thought that it was both funny and sad at the same time. Humorous because Seuss was poking fun at what old people have to go through by making light of a usually sad and depressing situation. It was sad because it's true. I can see why this book isn't as popular as 'The Cat in the Hat', but it's something maybe that adults should read onc
Cathy Milne
I read this book in 1992 and enjoyed it thoroughly! I gave my copy to my Grandmother and just purchased this book on Amazon. I look forward to reading it again and again! I'm not giving away this copy!
Kem White
I know it's Dr. Suess but I don't think this was his best effort. The pictures have the usual Dr. Suess charm but the story and rhymes are just OK. The book only takes about 10 minutes to read.
Like you could say anything bad about a Dr. Seuss book. This one drew me in due to age issues. The book is definitely funny something I need each and every day just to remain somewhat sane.
While I might still be a little young for this book, it was as enjoyable as other Dr Seuss books I've read. And I guess I probably qualify as a obsolete child.
Thank you Rick and Vashi.
S. J.
Sep 05, 2012 S. J. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults around or above 50, people looking for a birthday present for an older friend
Recommended to S. by: Library
Short review (will do better one when read again)

This is not a book for children. Not that there is anything bad or wrong in it; in fact this is a very truthful book. No, this is not for children because they will not be able understand or relate with this. This is a picture book for adults, full of Dr. Seuss' humor and unique way of looking at the world and is meant to look at how society and the person themselves deal with getting older. At times you have to laugh so as not to cry but mostly i
This book should be in every doctor's office waiting room. A great book for for the senior child, ages 50+. A fun little book that you will relate to. Get it.
Written to celebrate Seuss' 82nd birthday, this story follows an elderly fellow through a physical check-up that involves measuring, poking, prodding, and all manner of medical tests imaginable. The blurb on the back says: "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."

I got a little bored halfway through the book, so I do imagine a youngster would definitely not find the book enthralling. It was in our Children
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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