'You're Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children' is Published
Among his later books were some on serious topics.
In "The Butter Battle Book" (1984), he introduced young readers to the dangers of the nuclear arms race. In 1986, in "You're Only Old Once!," he addressed the problems of old age in a book for grown-ups. Edward Sorel, writing in The New York Times Book Review, said the book was illustrated with Mr. Geisel's "characteristic verve and imagination." But, he added, "there's something amiss in the blithe assumption that the sort of rhymes which delight a 4-year-old (or an adult reading to a 4-year-old) will still entertain when read alone through bifocals."
The story invites readers to accompany an elderly man on his journey through the Golden Years Clinic where he endures every kind of medical procedure imaginable. From having his chest and stomach ogled by an “Ogler” to being put through a “Wuff-Whiffer,” no body part goes unchecked. It is a tale that becomes more and more familiar as we ourselves get older and begin to feel less youthful. Rather than focusing on the less glamorous parts of aging, Dr. Seuss encourages us to embrace this special time in our lives and, if you’re lucky, rejoice in the fact that “you’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.”