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You're Only Old Once!

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,723 ratings  ·  245 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 ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 42 pages
Published February 12th 1986 by New York: Random House (first published 1986)
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Jon Nakapalau
If you are over 50 and need a good laugh read this book.
HILARIOUS!!! I love this book! Absolutely delightful. It was exactly the laugh hubby and I needed today after his foray to the VA. Always a test in patience and long-suffering.

"When at last we are sure
you've been properly pilled,
then a few paper forms
must be properly filled
so that you and your heirs
may be properly billed."

I simply love Theodor Seuss Geisel's books . . . . all of them, for young and old alike. He truly was a gifted man with an eye and meter for humor. And at UCSD La Jolla,
Kimberly Dawn
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A laugh out loud (yet All.Too.True) look at the medical adventures we all will find ourselves partaking in, sooner or later. If you can relate, this is a must read. After all, LAUGHTER really is the best medicine! I know I feel better already!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2019, humor
Theodore Geisel or Dr. Seuss is renowned for his children's books. This one though, is definitely for the adults or as the cover states "obsolete children". Written in his quirky way, it's time for your check up at the Golden Years Clinic on Century Street for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair. Hopefully, your appointment will not involve seeing Dr. Pollen, the Allergy Whiz or Von Crandall, the World-Renowned Ear Man. And the poking and prodding and pinching will be a minimum. And then ...more
Kathy Davie
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satire
It's Everyman for himself in this tale for adults. Yes, that's what I said. It's a story for oldsters who could use a rueful laugh. I want to say it's a fantasy, but I'd be lyin', lol, about this satire on aging.

My Take
Oh, man, just reading the blurb on the inside flap had me laughing. Yes, I'd said that Seuss is quite right about this being a book for adults. I especially "enjoyed" the Eyesight Test — be sure to read it.

The pictures are typical Seuss with his cheery colors and silly scenes.

Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I thought it was children books, but it was not :)

I was in mood to make myself laugh, but I got mixed feelings with relief that I am still young and sad because you know that someone in your family is that old to take too much medicine.

As at the end of book had been written on it " If you bought this book for your child, then give it when he reach 70" :)
Linda Hart
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very funny Dr. Seuss every bit of it. Great book for adult gift.
Emmaline MacBeath
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Stinky Girl
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
full review later.
Oliver Radtke
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Tots R
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelby Fungone
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find it wonderful that Dr. Seuss wrote a children's book for adults. This is a great read and a nice one for the collection.

I absolutely love this book! By chance I found this at my local chain resale bookstore and I'm so glad that I did. The artwork is as wonderful as it is in any of the Dr. Seuss books creatively depicting the verses on the pages. The story is probably more true than any of the other Dr. Seuss ones but it is still told in his unique creative style. I've already read this a
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
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fun book on the perils of aging.
Charlotte Skibicki
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic tongue twister by Seuss. Surprisingly a very accurate description of the medical system lol
Carol Feidt
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful birthday present for someone who loves Dr Seuss but is too old for Green Eggs and Ham.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much truth (and humor) in these 42 pages! This book was recommended by our librarian when she saw we were searching for a Dr. Suess book to read in honor of his birthday. (Her suggestion was probably due to the fact that she recognized us as senior citizens and could relate to the story!) Whatever the reason, we checked it out and laughed all the way through it.
I find it amazing that Dr Suess turned 82 on the day this book was published - way to go Sir! His suggestion is printed on the inside
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had many Dr. Seuss books when I was young. Somehow they've all seemed to disappear. I had an original Horton Hatches an Egg (without paper dust cover). I wish I still had it!

This was written in 1986 and the story is just the same now as then. Because our medical industry appears to be stopped in time. Find a copy for yourself and see.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A library patron returned this and I couldn't help flipping through it on break. I doubt it's intended for (or understood by) children, but it's accurate! Only Dr. Seuss could describe being bounced back and forth through testing in a way that makes you laugh. I think my grandmother would've loved reading this while being wheeled all over the hospitals for tests.
Tricia Douglas
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
This was a Christmas present from my youngest daughter. Guess I know where I stand! Luckily I am healthy and haven't yet needed all the medical tests that are suggested in the book! Yes, I laughed at a few and appreciated Dr. Seuss's attempts at old-age aches and pains.
Caitlyn "Books Are My Life" Baker
Absolutely hilarious!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: if you have to ask...
Shelves: arts, graphic-novel
Gag gift riding its reader's Dr. Seuss nostalgia. Unlike his later Oh! The Places You'll Go!(yes, later and in fact, last... I was surprised to learn this), there's not much to see here by way of visual or verbal iconography. Theodor Geisel rings the usual lyrical changes and surrealist cartoons retaining the color palette and rhythms of better-known works, albeit devoting himself in this case to a lampoon of geriatric care. Did you know that it's expensive, tedious, invasive, exploitative, ...more
Ann Bledsoe
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious while being very accurate...just the right choice for you older friends, you know the ones with a great sense of humor...
Easton Groskreutz
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Personal Response:
The book You’re Only Old Once! is very interesting. The child I read the book to thought it was very interesting too. If a child can laugh from a ridiculously silly book then that shows that it’s a real funny book. The child is thirteen and thought a good tongue twister would definitely make his day and it did. The book is also hard to understand because of all the machines and people Dr. Seuss made up.

The book is about an old man who has to get checked at the Golden
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 ...more