There are a couple of children’s books that spring to mind when I think of adult nostalgia presents.
What is an adult nostalgia present, you ask?
Well, I define it as a gift which is usually given to a child, but which could also be given to an adult to evoke a sense of nostalgia.
The books I am thinking of include Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You? which contains heartfelt lines which have been used in several weddings, and Dr Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! which has been used as a motivational source for many adults.
This book takes Dr. Seuss’ motivational story, and although parodying it, turns it into yet another source of motivation for people who need it. Aimed specifically at school-leavers who are just joining the workforce, Dr. Suits’ version exchanges the world for meetings and mountains for empires.
It provides encouragement from the moment you move out of your share-house to the day that you meet the brains behind the start-up organisation you’ve just joined. It both lauds and pities you for the long hours that you put into each day, explores the long meetings (both fruitful and not) and reminds you that even if you work extremely hard, not everything good will come to you at once.
This book follows the themes of the original- optimism, dreams of success, lots of hard work, feelings of inadequacy, waiting, triumph, loneliness, persistence and eventual success- all in a similarly rhyming format. While it may sound a tad depressing (also like the original, in my opinion) it’s a story that does ring true, and gives an accurate account of the adventures a working life has in store for all of us.
Illustrated with brightly-coloured Dr. Seuss-like characters by diverse artist Zohar Lazar, this book is a fun parody of an already popular book and will make the perfect gift for a new graduate.