Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Who says a grown up can't read Dr. Seuss?

You're Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete ChildrenI know what you're thinking. "Come on, Aimee. You can't count a Dr. Seuss book." Well, it's my list and I say I can. Okay, so I wouldn't count reading Green Eggs and Ham or Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? both of which I've read in the past week to my children.  But reading You're Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children - I think that one I can safely add to the list.

I laughed so hard when I saw the name of this book that I couldn't help resist getting it.  I have decided that it will now be my gift of choice to the octogenarians in my life.

It's hard to believe that the classic author Theodor Seuss Geisel has been gone for almost 19 years.  He seems as alive today as he did when I was younger because of his many books.

You're Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children was released on Mr. Geisel's 82nd birthday and spent over a year on the New York Times Best Seller List.  It was the first book he had written for grown ups since the 1930's.

An obvious quick read, many people of a certain age would agree that Dr. Seuss was right on the money with his description of getting older and the physical changes and ailments that come with that.  I also gave this book to my Aunt Anita for her 80th birthday, and enjoyed hearing her laugh in many different places.

So I encourage thee
to by two or three
of this fabulous book
or at least take a look.
The surprise will be yours
and I simply implore,
"You're Only Old Once!"
will give you pleasure galore.

Now...on a personal note...

I didn't have any Dr. Seuss books while growing up.  (Insert your shock and awe here.)  My mom, then a preschool teacher and now a kindergarten teacher's aid, felt they were too "busy" and didn't include any in our vast library of chidren's literature.  I always thought I was missing something.

Although I don't have the Dr. Seuss books added to my grand list of "books to read in my lifetime" (I will write more about that list at some point), I do want to take one day and read all 60+ books in the Dr. Seuss library.  I will have to go to the library to get these since I will most likely not acquire them any time soon, that is, unless one of my readers is a generous benefactor and would like to buy them for me.  I am willing to take pretty much any donations willing to be given!

(DISCLAIMER TO MY HUSBAND:  I am not responsible for any eye rolling you may do as I expand my literary library.  You have a recording studio, I should be allowed my library.  And don't give me that look about my yarn either!)

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