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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin and John Archambault
Illustration by Lois Ehlert

"A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree". In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Bill Martin and John Archambault have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Elhert's rainbow of bright, bold, and cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable.

Age: 3 Year-olds | Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  |  Author: Bill Martin and John Archambault  |  Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
"A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree". In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Bill Martin and John Archambault have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Elhert's rainbow of bright, bold, and cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable.

A children's book classic since 1989, this vividly colored book teaches children their alphabet using a rhythmic beat that just begs kids to sing along. They will love watching all the letters scramble to the top of the coconut tree and sympathize with them when they fall out of the tree. If the bright tropical pinks and oranges don't draw the children into the story, the silliness of the rhymes will. Lines like, "skit skat skoodle doot," are practically guaranteed to bring a smile to a child's face. The illustrations are creative, especially when all the letter fall out of the coconut tree and suffer an array of boo-boos, from a stubbed toe to a black eye. Ideal for three-year-olds who are just starting to learn their alphabet, older children will love revisiting this book as they begin to read as well.

The repetition of "chicka chicka boom boom, will there be enough room?" encourages children to chant along and become engaged with the story. Thanks to large letters, it's easy for parents to point out the letters while reading or for the child to demonstrate their knowledge by saying the letters themselves.

I remember this story from my elementary school days in the early 1990's and it's always a pleasure when you can revisit a childhood story as an adult. I've read this book to nearly every young child I have babysat and it's a hit with them all. The colorful yet simplistic drawings, bold faced alphabet and exciting rhymes make this a book that will undoubtedly continue to be popular for many years to come.
 
--Abby
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