Posted by: houwr | 03/09/2012

Found on the Shelf at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library

Since we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday for the entire month of March at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library, it is only fitting that we find a book by the Rhyming King! We stumbled upon the following work, entitled You’re Only Old Once! This is a humorous take on ageing and those dreaded trips to the doctor. This satirical tale was published in 1986, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 82nd birthday. provides the following abstract for this work:

Subtitled A Book for Obsolete Children, this work follows “you” (an elderly gent in a suit and white moustache) through a physical check-up in some fiendish geriatric clinic. You are measured, prodded, and subjected to all the medical indignities familiar and unfamiliar to the elderly. “You must see Dr. Pollen, our Allergy Whiz, who knows every sniffle and itch that there is… He will check your reactions to thumbtacks and glue, catcher’s mitts, leaf mould, and cardigans too. Nasturtiums and marble cake, white and blue chalks, anthracite coal and the feathers of hawks.” It’s clear that the process is going to be long, but much shorter than the bill. “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.” Actually, it would make an amusing gift for anyone over 40. –Richard Farr

The description of all the doctor’s exams is nothing short of amusing.  The waiting room is also an entertaining place, complete with Norval, the unsympathetic fish who “thinks you’re a bit of a bore because he’s heard all the stories before” and Miss Becker, your beckoner, who eventually beckons you back.  By the end of the exams, it is time for your old self to leave, realizing You’re actually “in pretty good shape for the shape that you are in!” 

You’re Only Old Once!:A Book for Obsolete Children can be found under Dewey number 813 SEU.

While this book may be quite humorous and entertaining, it may not be you’re most beloved. So, tell us – what is your favorite Seuss tale?


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