Dad Wants 'Hop on Pop' Banned Because It Promotes Violence Against Fathers (Yes, We're Serious)

Hop on PopEvery mom wants to raise a reader. But let's be honest for a second: every mom out there is guilty of just reading the words without really paying attention during bedtime because they really want their kid to go to sleep already. Moms, if this is you, beware! There are deep, dark, disturbing messages lurking in one of the most popular children's books of all time. Have you been reading Hop on Pop to your kids?

Sure you have. It's a Dr. Seuss book, after all, and what mom hasn't entrusted her toddler's development to the great Theodor Geisel? 

Mom, if this is you, it's time we have a talk. Hop on Pop is not the innocent rhyming tale of little ones playing with dad that you think it is!

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It is a violent story of over-aggressive children beating on their father! Just ask the fathers' rights advocate who is calling for the book to be banned!

Yes. We're serious.

A patron of the Toronto Public Library demanded the book's removal; PLUS, he wants an apology to greater Toronto area fathers AND for the library to pay damages resulting from the book's violent message. The dad reportedly told library directors that the Dr. Seuss classic is "violent and encouraged children to be violent with their fathers."

After all, the book says:

HOP POP We like to hop. We like to hop on top of Pop. STOP You must not hop on Pop.

Haven't laughed like that in awhile, have you?

Nice try, Dad. NICE try.

Pushed to really think about it, we have to acknowledge you could probably find all sorts of subversive and terrible messages in popular children's books ... if that's exactly what you WANT to find.

Go, Dog, Go is terribly bossy, for one. Shouldn't it just be, "well, if you want to go, then that's OK, but you really don't have to, if you don't want to"? And don't get us started on that Bread and Jam for Frances. Are they TRYING to get our kids addicted to sugar?

As a matter of fact, we might as well just take the day off and root around in the kids' rooms for all the books that offend us and start drafting our "I demand an apology" letters now. If we find enough that are sue-worthy, we may never have to work again!

Or, you know ... we could just use a little common sense.

Using this dad's rubric, what's the most disturbing book on YOUR toddler's shelves?


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EmilyH87 EmilyH87

WHy are people so STUPID.

nonmember avatar Miss Ann Thrope

Did this "dad" eveb read the book. The hop pop rhyme set (Which does end with stop) is merely one of many unrelated rhyme sets. In this book we learn many valuable lessons, such as not to sit in a cactus (if your name is Pat), that it is odd for fish to be in a tree, that if a thing sings to long just walk away, and that if you all play ball up on a wall you are all bound to fall.

And my kids DO hop on their pop (and me for that matter), we call it rough housing. We love the Hop on Pop book, in part, because of that.

Niki Self

most ridiculous thing ive heard in an long time....


Todd Vrancic

Hey, have you seen the sheer destructiveness in The Cat In The Hat? <Insert massive eyeroll here.>  Nobody is expected to take those books literally.

nonmember avatar anonymous

My DH sleeps in every morning (we live two minutes away from his place of work), and he's always rushed in the morning. Sometimes, I'll tell our kids (who are under 3) to "hop on pop" to wake him up. It's cute. They have fun. People are much too sensitive about everything these days.

Gypsy... Gypsyqueen4life

LMAOOOOO!! People amuse me with their sheer stupidity & sidesplittinglaughtersilliness!!

nonmember avatar SickOfHearingIt

Sounds like he read Hop on Pop as thoroughly as Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham.

craft... craftycatVT

I also want "Fox in Socks" banned because it might make my daughter want to dress wildlife, which could lead to a rabid animal biting her.

nonmember avatar Miss Ann Thrope

CraftycatVT-LOL (unless you were serious, then you have issues)

nonmember avatar jen

I'm far more concerned with every fairy tale ending in "happily ever after." What the hell is "happily ever after" anyway? Like nothing goes ever?!! Hope on pop all you want...I'd steer clear of green eggs though.

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