Hop on Pop



A dazzling beginning reader by Dr. Seuss.

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

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

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.

Families can talk 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

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:February 12, 1963
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Parent of a 7 and 8 year old Written byqtnn January 11, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 November 18, 2010


Another cute Seuss book. Fun and appropriate for kids
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Kid, 9 years old November 17, 2009

super fantastic

it is a wonderful book for little kids and easy to read
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