Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss – Book Review

Hop on Pop by Dr SeussAlthough I remember reading lots of Dr. Seuss books as a kid, I don’t remember any books in the Bright and Early Board Books series.

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss is one of the books in the bright and early series and is well designed for babies and young toddlers.

The book includes references from other Dr. Seuss classics making it especially good for children soon to transition to other books.

Hop on Pop was first published in 1963, but remains relevant for young readers five decades later. The entire text consists of single-syllable words arranged in a silly rhyming pattern.

The rhymes often rely on changing a single letter in different words (e.g. pup, cup, up) and allow children to see the difference individual letters make in the composition of a full word. Although the sentences are short, Seuss includes subtle changes in subject-object orientation to teach older readers the relationship between words and their meaning.

For younger babies, Hop on Pop includes humorous pictures drawn with high-contrast colors. From the blue fish in the orange tree to yellow Pat sitting on a blue hat, the illustrations are intended to keep the attention of the youngest readers. Unfortunately, because of the small size of the board book, some of the drawings were too small for Arya.

My daughter did like most of the pictures and she seemed to appreciate the rhyme. Hop on Pop would be best for children just beginning to read on their own. Older readers will laugh at the silliness of the rhyming pattern and enjoy the way Seuss uses small changes in letters and word position to completely alter the meaning of each phrase.

Hop on Pop costs (including shipping) under $5 new and under $4 used from Amazon.