Hop by Phyllis Root – Book Review
After reading another book by the same author, I thought Hop by Phyllis Root would be a good choice to read to my daughter.
The front cover shows a pair of cute bunnies against a colorful, floral background.
Just like with Quack by Phillis Root, the rest of the book is filled with pictures of animals.
Hop doesn’t have any notable plot or story. The text simply describes bunnies playing outdoors. The major appeal of the book lies in the rhyming text and short vocabulary.
At only 16 pages, Hop is short enough for early readers to complete on their own. Most words are a single syllable and no sentence is longer than five words. With the rhythmic rhyme even older readers will enjoy reading the book to younger children.
The illustrations by Holly Meade are consistently drawn in a whimsical style with multiple colors. Five different bunnies with five unique color schemes–white, grey, brown, black-and-white, and orange–appear throughout the book. Most illustrations focus extensively on the bunnies with little else for babies to focus on.
As a simple book, Hop will most appeal to preschoolers who will be learning to read the words themselves. Toddlers will like hearing the rhythmic text and even the youngest babies will be able to stare at the colored bunnies. Arya’s favorite was the orange bunny since it presents a high-contrast color against the mostly plain backgrounds.
Hop costs (including shipping) under $6 new and under $4 used from Amazon.