Hop on Pop

Book review by
Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
Hop on Pop Book Poster Image
A dazzling beginning reader by Dr. Seuss.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence & Scariness
Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the creatures and musical words hold readers rapt.

Wondering if Hop on Pop is OK for your kids?

Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byOldShowLover April 17, 2020

Classic early literacy book is less desirable than modern offerings

Simple rhymes make this book suitable to read aloud from birth. However, in comparison to many books that came out in the 50 years after this, I find the imager... Continue reading
Parent Written byqtnn January 11, 2009
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2020

I think Hop On Pop is an amazing book

Good for kids when they are 0 years old, but I can’t do zero and up, I can do 2+ as the lowest. But I think all ages.
Teen, 14 years old Written byBlackwordsaj June 6, 2016

yes

hop on pop everyone hop on pop


its a great bookkkk

What's the story?

Dr. Seuss freed children from the feudal yoke of Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot. Here, words are sounds that roll around in your mouth, bounce off one another, and stick together in a sensible rhyme. Dr. Seuss's wild characters are old friends to readers.

 

Is it any good?

Seuss uses words in this beginning reader like a pyrotechnist uses fireworks: in a controlled display of dazzle and wonder-making that teeters on the edge of anarchy. It delivers that delightful chill but never spills over into excess: "SONG LONG / a long, long song. / Good-by, Thing. / You sing too long." It's rewarding to watch a 5-year-old's eyes sparkle with pride after finishing this book -- and at 64 pages, there is a real sense of a book here. To witness her working through the pages with determination and pleasure is even more special.

The expressive, eccentric characters in their silly situations encourage young readers to keep turning the pages. Dr. Seuss' bold colors and compositions make his cartoons easy to read.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rhymes and fun words. What's your favorite rhyme in this book? Try coming up with silly rhymes of your own.

Book details

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate