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I'm Too Young To Be Seventy (The Decades of a Woman's Life #6)

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The beloved bestselling author of Forever Fifty and Suddenly Sixty now tackles the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian with her usual wry good humor.

Fans of Judith Viorst's funny, touching, and wise poems about turning thirty, forty, fifty, and sixty will love this new volume for the woman who deeply believes she is too young to be seventy, "too young in my heart a

Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 12th 2005 by Free Press (first published September 27th 2005)
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very funny! I definitely could relate.
Syd Perry
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a short book of 31 poems by an author whom I am familiar with because of her children's books. I saw the title at the library and totally judged a book by its cover. This time it paid off. The poems are mostly humorous, sometimes sweet, with whimsical line drawings illustrating each one of them.

The Sixth Grandchild:
Our number six has arrived,
The last but not the least.
How our happiness has increased since he made his debut.
How our family has increased. We used to be two
And now we
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Again, I needed to read some poetry for my new book club...I chose this one because I recognized the poet's name. She has written several children's books that I am familiar with, so I thought I would check out her poetry. She has apparently written several other books of poetry too and I will be looking for them in the library, because these were terrific! Some of them had me laughing out loud. They are so true to life!
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Typical Judith Viorst- amusing, engaging, and light-hearted. I read it to my 81 year old mother and we both laughed riotously. This would made a grand present for anyone who is aging....
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Spot-on reflections upon entering a new decade.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read many of Ms. Viorst's works and she never disappoints. This book as her tomes on turning thirty, forty, fifty and sixty is a series of poems. They are funny sometimes, serious at others. She has a knack for taking everyday occurrences and making them meaningful.
M.A. Appleby
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: though-provoking
I am too young to be seventy! Thanks for an entertaining and funny, yet poignant book!
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short and Sweet

If your close to seventy. Or are planning on being seventy someday. Or are already seventy . You can't go wrong with this book. Laugh out loud funny.
Linda Dunn
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too true!

I am almost 70 and this look is scarily true and fun! I would recommend this book to anyone at any age.
While I've still go a few decades to go before I can fully appreciate this one, I enjoyed this book of poems that capture turning 70. Many of the poems were humorous and could be appreciated at any age. I may use this for the 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt "A book with pictures" since there are illustrations throughout.
May 25, 2016 added it
Light, humorous, what I suppose qualifies as "free verse" and not formal poetry. Easy reading, and some strike me as poor, many as fine, a very few as worth reading to my wife, and all amusing and creating a delight of a short read.

The publisher's promo sums it up thus:- Viorst explores, among the many other issues of this stage of life, the state of our sex lives and teeth, how we can stay married though thermostatically incompatible, and the joys of grand-parenthood and shopping. Readers will
Blythe Jewell
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished a humor poetry book of my own and was struggling with the front matter stuff (dedication, bio, acknowledgements, etc). I went to a bookstore to browse the humor section and see what other authors did, trying to get a little inspiration -- this is how I discovered Judith Viorst.

She's written dozens of books for all ages, but this particular series tracks the stages of a woman's life, decade by decade -- and it is brilliant. I found "I'm Too Young to be 70" first, then went ba
Wry and witty, this is a fascinating book of poems that explores the life of a woman in her seventies. It's a quick read and offers a refreshing perspective. I can only hope that I am as vibrant and active in my seventies as she is. I picked out this book at our local library, from a display of poetry books for National Poetry Month. I recognized Judith Viorst as the author of several popular children's books, like Alexander and the Terrible,Horrible,No Good,Very Bad Day. I didn't know much abou ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a very fun book by the author of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day". I took a tour of a library before my training started and picked up this slim volume to read whilst waiting. And there I am in the library, laughing a bit too loud. I have requested the 60 book since that is closer to my husband and my age. But this was an exceptional book of poems and humor and did not feel too off my age.
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: whimsical
It's easy to recognize Voirst's style if you've ever read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (and who hasn't?)
This book is about as short and the "poems" read a little like Stevie Smith channeling Erma Bombeck...
I zipped through the whole thing rather quickly. It's pleasant, mildly witty, occasionally insightful. A reader's snack to make you smile.
Maureen Hetzel
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book of poems by a favorite author dealing with the challenges of getting older while still feeling young. Short and easy to read but so much to think about in these compact, insightful poems. Highly recommended for those in the " targeted" age group...and those rapidly approaching!
Gwen Bartlett
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Judith Viorst and although I'm not seventy yet, I could certainly identify with many of her poems.
Jo Ann
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I feel the same way as this title! 70? I'm really 70? This small book of poems made me giggle, and appreciate life at 70!
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, poetry
She does have a way with words.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Reading this one day after my 71st birthday and her poetry still speaks to me. She makes everything amusing.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Don't know for sure about this age but always love Judith Viorst's perspective.
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Realized that all these collections of hers both make me laugh and put me in a melancholic sort of state. I must really like that because I keep reading them.
Han Boon Toh
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Humorous and mildly sarcastic. The author gives a glimpse of life in the silver age - love, grandchildren, inconveniences, health, ego. Simple, easy and rhythemic read.
Test Crazy
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though I am not near seventy yet, I enjoyed the poems. I will definitely check out her other poetry books.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun and thoughtful as usual.
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Witty and wonderful!
Lynn Sykes
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first poetry I've read since college. I did it as part of a challenge and I'm so glad I did. These poems were delightful. I believe I will be picking up more of her work.
Shirley Brown
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This was just a one sitting read about the role of "Seventies" and how their life is and was and may be in the future. Just a fun read.
Lola Mark
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Judith Viorst is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction for children as well as adults. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, her most famous children's book, was first published in 1972 and has since sold over two million copies. Ms. Viorst received a B.A. in History from Rutgers University, and she is also a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institu ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Decades of a Woman's Life (7 books)
  • When Did I Stop Being 20 and Other Injustices: Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life
  • It's Hard to Be Hip over Thirty
  • How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities
  • Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations
  • Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life
  • Unexpectedly Eighty: And Other Adaptations

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