B is for Botox/1,2 Can’t Reach My Shoe

Remember when A was for apple? Well, now (sigh) A is for aging.

The A, B, Cs of adulthood differ ever so slightly from the popular grade school primers of the past inside Ross and Kathryn Petras’s B Is for Botox: An Alphabet Book for the Middle-Aged. This hilarious board book has a fun, retro look and makes a unique gift for grown-ups who don’t necessarily want to grow up. Dripping with sarcasm, each letter will remind you that while you still have your sense of humor, jokes about aging seem to ring a little truer than they used to!

For example:

A is for Antique.

Arnold sees his favorite childhood toy, the Atomic Astro-Rocket, on Antiques Roadshow. It is officially an antique! “Hmm,” thinks Arnold. “Does this mean that now that I’m middle-aged, I’m officially an antique?” Hmm. . . What do you think?

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From best-selling humorists Ross and Kathryn Petras comes a colorful counting board book that pokes fun at the pitfalls of getting older. This fun and playful package is a perfect gift for grown-ups who are growing old gracefully—with a sense of humor.

The 1, 2, 3s of adulthood differ ever so slightly from the popular grade-school primers of yesteryear inside Ross and Kathryn Petras’s 1, 2, Can’t Reach My Shoe. This clever counting book for the middle-aged (which the United States Census Bureau defines as age 35 and above) is perfect for readers of a certain vintage who intend to grow old gracefully–and with a sense of humor.

Featuring full-color, retro illustrations in a playful board book format, 1, 2, Can’t Reach My Shoe makes an excellent, humorous gift for the more than 78.2 million baby boomers in the United States. Consider:

*<, >: Hey, those don’t look like numbers! And you’re right. They are not numbers. They are symbols that are used with numbers . . . and they are all over middle-aged Milton’s doctor’s report. “It says I should have a total cholesterol <200. I should have HDL >60. I should have LDL <129 . . .” Gee Milton, that is a lot of “more thans” and “less thans.” “I know,” says Milton. “I’m < thrilled!”

* 59 1/2: Today is a great day! It is Carl’s FIFTY-NINTH-AND-A-HALF birthday! Carl usually wouldn’t celebrate a half birthday, but this one is different. Since he has turned FIFTY-NINE-AND-A-HALF, he is getting a nice present from his Uncle Sam: his very first penalty-free IRA distribution!

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