Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Houghton Mifflin Pre-K Paperback – 10 Mar 2005
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The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lower-case alphabet with attitude. "A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. Lois Ehlert's chunky block illustrations show the luxuriant green palm standing straight and tall on the first page, but it begins to groan and bend under its alphabetical burden. First the coconuts fall off, then ("Chicka chicka ... BOOM! BOOM!") all the letters also end up in a big heap underneath. A very simple board-book version stops there, but this original text goes on to introduce the helping hands of the 26 upper-case "mamas and papas and uncles and aunts". (Ages 0 to 5) --Richard Farr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bill Martin Jr (1916–2004) has been called “America’s favorite children’s author.” He wrote more than 300 books for children, including the classic texts Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, illustrated by Eric Carle; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, illustrated by Lois Ehlert.
John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who worked with Bill Martin Jr on several projects. He lives in Idyllwild, California.
Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is nothing more than an extended rhyme about the letters of the alphabet climbing (and falling from) a coconut tree. The artwork is extrememly simple- it reminds me a little of Matisse' paper cutouts. The text has a wonderful rhythmic structure that has kids chanting along in no time. "Chicka chicka boom boom- will there be enough room? A, B and C up the coconut tree!"
It sounds silly. I know. But I really love this book.
This version is printed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original published in 1989, and gives a new generation of children the opportunity to learn as they play beginning with "A told B, and B told C, `I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.'"
There's a festive commemorative poster on the inside of the dust jacket decorated with brilliant polka dot candles and a headline reading "A told B, and B told C, `Let's celebrate twenty years of climbing up the coconut tree!'"
- Gail Cooke
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story. Lots of add on activities to be found linked to the book. Used at the start of a new school year, the kids (4/5 year olds) loved it.Published 4 months ago by Stepho
My 1 year old loves this book. Brightly coloured and rhyming words make it an enjoyable book to share with her.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My kids LOVE this book! And it was an instant hit as gift to a friend's child. It's a fun and jovial rhyming story of the alphabet. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amanda B Johnson
One of my all time favourites from childhood. Good quality board book and fast delivery.Published 10 months ago by Katie Farrell
This was THE book for my son when he was a toddler (now 6). He loved the rhyme, it taught him his alphabet - I still think he would read it today to be honest. Read morePublished 18 months ago by leenie
Excellent for reading out loud to children - fun words with lots of repetition and quirky rhyming.Published 19 months ago by Mrs. J. L. Alley