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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    The Worst Graduation Present Ever

    By Kyle | May 12, 2014

    ….is Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Books | 4 Comments »

    4 Responses to “The Worst Graduation Present Ever”

    1. Hubbard Says:
      May 12th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Mr. Smith–

      With all due respect, the worst gift I’ve seen anyone given at graduation is a new car–but only with the down payment made. In other words, the new grad gets to make big car payments right away when they’d probably be much better off with a decent (and paid off) used car.

      But that Dr. Seuss book is a close second. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loathes that book.

    2. kishke Says:
      May 12th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Frosted Flakes? Nah. Frosted Flakes at least taste good.

    3. vanno Says:
      May 12th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      1 Proverb chapter daily per month’ll do it. To summarize: Fear God (wisdom), honor parents,,work hard, help the poor(with YOUR money, not mine), and keep your mouth shut, except to encourage others.

    4. JimmyC Says:
      May 13th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      What do you expect from a culture in which “Everything I Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is a bestseller? If we learned everything we needed to know at age 5, why not keep reading Dr. Seuss books well into our 20s?

      IMHO, every college graduate should be given (if not issued) two books: The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, and The Millionaire Next Door. I read both of them shortly after graduation, and they helped me break away from a lot of the liberal indoctrination I got in college.