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Grasshopper on the Road

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  573 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
As Grasshopper sets out to follow a road, he meets some unusual characters.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 18th 1986 by HarperCollins (first published 1978)
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Danielle Delahunty
Oct 11, 2014 Danielle Delahunty rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books ever written and it's only a level reader.

A level reader uses vocabulary appropriate for a particular reading level and is usually devoid of plot.

This level reader is insightful and allegorical and biblical in its proportions. You heard me right. Next time you are in a room of adults with toddlers, bring up an Arnold Lobel title (Like Frog and Toad are Friends) and every parent will start amazing you with plot lines like so many children's variety show personaliti
Jun 15, 2013 Machiko rated it it was amazing
Grasshopper, do you really do something different every day of your life?

Always, said Grasshopper.

Always and always!


Grasshopper was tired. He lay down in a soft place. He knew that in the morning the road would still be there, taking him on and on to wherever he wanted to go.


To read often with everyone, best read out loud.
Malakai Kong
Oct 14, 2013 Malakai Kong rated it it was amazing
GRASSHOPPER ON THE ROAD is a great book. Grasshopper wanted to go on a journey. First, he met beetles. The beetles said, "Morning is Tops." Second, he met a worm. The worm said, "There is a hole in my roof," because Grasshopper took a bite of the apple that the worm was living in. Third, he met a housefly. The housefly swept dust in his eyes. Fourth, he met a mosquito. The mosquito said, "You must hop in my boat." Fifth, he met butterflies. The butterflies do the same thing everyday. Sixth, he m ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Michele rated it liked it
excellent level reader for kids with an okay story. I like some parts better than others.

for example the Beatles are rather malicious and call the grasshopper names which I wouldn't want a child to hear and repeat (just like dumb and stupid not actual swear words or anything) but the lesson there is still, if someone doesn't agree with you and your inane beliefs, it's okay to verbally abuse them.

the mosquito interlude is quietly hilarious.

the butterflies are frightfully OCD.

and overall there
Apr 21, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ReadtheShelf Challenge

I do not remember ever reading this one as a kid. I wonder if I did.

Anyway. It's not quite on the level of Frog and Toad but still. I am amazed at the level of writing. Simple, simple words ... but loads of meaning behind them!
Şebnem Demir
May 28, 2016 Şebnem Demir rated it it was amazing
"Kendime bir yol bulacağım," dedi,
"... ve o yolun beni götürdüğü yere gideceğim"
Bu keyifli yolculukta çekirgeye eşlik ederken onun bilgeliğine saygı duymamak elde değil. Hayatın sıradanlığı, güvenli cam fanuslarımızda yaşadığımız her anı planlı ama bir o kadar anlamsız günlerimiz, kendimizden olmayana karşı akılalmaz hoşgörüsüzlüğümüzle erdem saydığımız tuhaflıklarımıza ayna tutuyor. Hiç yargılamadan, eleştirmeden nasıl da güzel yüzümüze vuruyor herşeyi bir çekirgenin bilgeliğiyle.

Her gün yeni
Maggie Salisbury
Nov 03, 2014 Maggie Salisbury rated it it was amazing
Pilgrim's Progress for the romper room set. Frog and Toad are fabulous, but I say Up with Grasshopper! No author could get across more complexity of plot and characterization on the first-grade level than Arnold Lobel. "Grasshopper" is an allegory of Everyman on the road of life, and our leggy protagonist runs into bugs with all kinds of personality quirks. He meets beetle zealots, a histrionic worm, a narcissistic mosquito, a clean-freak housefly, and obsessive-compusive butterflies. Grasshoppe ...more
Rebekah Waldorff
Jan 22, 2016 Rebekah Waldorff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Come join the travels of Grasshopper as he wonders down a road with the only goal that of adventure. Along the way Grasshopper meets different bugs and makes some friends, some enemies, and some insights into the ways other bugs think. For example, he meets the campaigning 'we love morning' beetles, the always-the-same butterflies, and the crazy cleaning housefly. My brother(8yrs) really enjoyed this as an evening read aloud. We stopped after each chapter and talked about our opinions of the cha ...more
Casey Munro
May 15, 2013 Casey Munro rated it really liked it
This is such a pleasant book to read. Tonight at bed time, I was the one saying "one more more chapter...".
Leiera Monae
Jun 18, 2014 Leiera Monae rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-teens
Children's Reading Adventures Book Club, Summer 2014

*D.E.A.R. Time -- Read to 4 & 5 year olds*

I'm very fond of Grasshopper and his adventures.
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 11, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

This has always been one of my favourites of Lobel's books! While the whole story is about Grasshopper's journey, each chapter is episodic and tells a humorous tale of someone he meets along the way. These are so silly, they will have you laughing out loud along with your children. Ds enjoyed this one very much. He loves it when something silly or outrageous happens in a story and this kept him giggling. My favourite part is when he meets the
Cynthia Long
Aug 05, 2014 Cynthia Long rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book!
Grasshopper has a strong sense of self and is not deterred or ruffled by the peer pressure or the overreaching overtures of his new friends. He is polite and calm and friendly throughout. The insects he meets are representations of human foibles akin to the Tippler et. al. in St. Exupery's The Little Prince. Sorry I waited so long to find this one.
An advanced Easy Reader.
Jun 17, 2010 Tobinsfavorite rated it really liked it
This is far less charming than the other Lobel I've read, and it took a day or two for my early reader to become engaged, but it is still Lobel. This one seems much more like social commentary to me; I'm sure some crazy person can go to town on the story of the mosquito that demands Grasshopper cross the puddle in his boat. I really like "A New House", with a worm's description of the chaos as his apple-house rolls downhill, culminating in the picture of the house vaporizing when it hits the tre ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Krystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-kids
Arnold Lobel is a great author. This is a level reader and is great because not only is the vocabulary perfect for new readers but the stories are entertaining and have moral value and life lessons in their pages. I remember reading many of his books (frog and toad etc.) as a child but exploring some of his other books has been fun with my own children.
Karen Dransfield
May 02, 2015 Karen Dransfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Another great reader for younger audiences. Grasshopper decides to walk down the road to see what he can see and along the way he meets different creatures. Each time he has a mini story encounter with them. Lots of interesting ideas to discuss from the short stories.
Dec 04, 2015 Roger rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I literally laughed aloud at the butterflies' dream.
Also, this is an optimistic book about being true to yourself, appreciating your uniqueness and your blessings, and being the best grasshopper you can be.
my nature-loving kids love this book as much as I do; gorgeous colors on the illustrations and lots of goofy single-minded insects that we laugh at; so glad we discovered this virtually unknown book
Grasshopper's journey is hilarious. In my house, we often remember the butterflies who "Always" do certain things, and we say "Always" in the same voice that I read it in. My older son says the butterflies were in the Terra Nova (the test that all the 2nd graders take in MD), and he heard my butterfly voice while taking the test, and he laughed out loud (he tried to laugh quietly)! This is a great one-on-one read aloud. I'm not sure it would go over as well in a group, but I'll certainly be tryi ...more
Aug 24, 2015 JaNel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Grasshopper is a wonderful character. A great model for life--nonjudgemental, open-minded, a good listener, curious, observant, adventurous, and confident.
Jun 05, 2016 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-0
A really satisfying practice-reading-aloud book for two consonant blends. Easy to trade turns, whether by line or by character.
Joy Gerbode
Dec 10, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it liked it
A pretty cute story for kids. There are some "tricks" for the reader to identify, so is great for the middle grade readers.
Pamela Strickland
Jun 23, 2016 Pamela Strickland rated it it was amazing
much grown-up wisdom in this adventure tale for early readers
Emily Cook
My 1st grader and I laughed like crazy as we read this one!
Arnold Lobel is becoming one of my favorite children's authors.
Dec 01, 2009 Attaboy16 rated it really liked it
if i had the means to start up production on an animated major motion picture project, this is the story i would make. of all the books i have read to my kids, this is darn near one of my favorites. the characters are funny, interesting archetypes for the variety of personalities that line our world that show all of the foibles of being human (even if they are bugs). and grasshopper's zen like striving for something new and experiencing all the world has to offer with an open heart and an open m ...more
Holly Chapman
Dec 01, 2012 Holly Chapman rated it really liked it
This is a great book to use to introduce chapter books to still emerging readers and I really liked reading it. The chapters are relatively short and keep the readers interest. This book follows a grasshopper on his journey down a road. He meets many different and interesting bugs. At the end of the day, the grasshopper fell asleep was excited to continue his journey down the road again tomorrow. In the classroom, you could have your students write about something they are always excited about d ...more
Christian McKay
Jun 07, 2008 Christian McKay rated it really liked it
When Grasshopper first sets off, he runs into a group of beetles who love nothing more than morning. Grasshopper tells them he likes morning too, and the beetles show him their signs that say things like "Morning is tops" and "Kiss me it's morning". Then Grasshopper admits he also likes afternoon and thinks evening is pretty nice, as well. The beetles scorn him and tell him to leave. So he does. And that's the end of the story.
Jul 16, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
A lovely collection of short-stories-as-chapters books about Grasshopper's adventures as he walks along a road. Kids will love the fly trying to clean up the whole world and the mosquito who insists on ferrying grasshopper across a puddle-- these are recognizable sorts of characters/plots that appear in folktales and the chapters have that homespun feel to them. A very nice book about travelling.
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Arnold Stark Lobel was a popular American author of children's books. Among his most popular books are those of the Frog and Toad series, and Mouse Soup, which won the Garden State Children's Book Award from the New Jersey Library Association.
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