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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Houghton Mifflin Pre-K Paperback – 10 Mar 2005

4.9 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618513833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618513833
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,643,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I bought this book last week for my 3 year old grandson and I am not sure who loves it more, me or him. It is so easy for kids to get into and pick up the rhyme and rhythm of it, he is already reciting half of it. A must for any youngster's collection. Everyone will have fun with it! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to you!
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Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher in a daycare school. When I have the kids sit down for circle, they can't wait to sing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We read the book as well as sing the song. I'm glad that there is such a great book about the alphabet to grab the childrens attention! Buy it today...it is a fabulous book !!!!
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I bought this for my newborn based on the good reviews (and my love for 'Brown Bear' by Bill Martin Jr.) and really only brought it out when he was about 14 months. Sometimes we have to hide the book because he will want to read it over and over and over again; he enjoys lots of books and so the fact this is his favourite is praise indeed. I really like the bold illustrations and musical rhythm, plus the educational element of the alphabet and day/night. As a Brit, I'd say it's worth noting, there are a few bits of text that won't rhyme if you pronounce 'zed' instead of 'zee' and 'aunt' instead of 'ant' but this doesn't detract from the enjoyment of this book.
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This book is one of the best children's books around. The majority of preschool and/or younger aged children enjoy it. I am a college students who is starting to collect children's books for my classroom and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was the first book I purchased.
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Sometimes I despair of finding a decent children's book written after 1960. All that seems to be written these days is heavy, awful didactic stuff that appears to be written by someone who has never even seen a child, let alone talked to one. When I sit down to read to my little nephews, I generally turn to the classics of my childhood, or of my parents' childhood. And then I discovered Chicka Chicka Boom Book.

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.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
You're not going to believe this alphabet book - it's bold, bright and beautiful! Brilliant colors fill each polka-dot bordered page as the alphabet begins its adventurous journey to the top of a coconut tree. The rhymes are irresistible and fun to be read again and again.

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!'"

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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By A Customer on 21 May 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
This book is really cute, and easy for small kids to understand. It is about the lowercase letters of the alphabet who have a race up a coconut tree and then they fall (chicka chicka boom boom!!! and they all fall down) and their "parents" (the uppercase lettesr) come to their rescue and heal their wounds from the fall. The illustrations are CHARMING and the text, as i said before, is simple yet cute and classic. I read this book when I was really little and i remember loving it :-) I can still remember some of it's lyrics. A MUST READ FOR YOUNG KIDS!!!!!!!
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This has been popular with all of my kids, from age 6 down to 2. Would highly recommend...just be prepared to read it over, and over...and over again! My husband and I are rather tired of it, but the kids love it.
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