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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Lois Ehlert (illustrator)

The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase 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...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Beach Lane Books (first published October 1st 1989)
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one that I remembered reading as a kid but before I re read it I couldn't remember what it was about. It was a fun tongue twisting rhyming book that I'm sure any kid would enjoy reading/listening to. The colorful pages and big print make it easy and entertaining to read as well.
Feb 05, 2013 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kid
We read this often. It makes Emily smile. :)
Although I see this on many children's lists, and it was in the "Kindergarten box" I borrowed from the library (A whole box you can check out that are picked out a head of time based on a theme, letters, numbers, shapes, etc.), but my kids found it "okay". I'm wondering if maybe it just didn't hold their attention long enough for them to understand the story. It' is a cute concept with nice illustrations, just not one of our favorites.
Killer Rabbit
Usually, I have no tolerance for repetition. But I never grew tired of this skit-scattin' alphabet book...which is a very good thing, since my toddlers never tired of requesting that we read it together. :D
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a story about the alphabet letters climbing a coconut tree. The lower-case letters climb up the tree, but the tree bends and the letters fall out. Then capital letters (the older relatives) help the lower-case letters back up into the tree. Each of the lower-case letters gets hurt during the fall from the tree and the book describes each letter’s injury. Then, at night, letter “A” dares the other letters to catch him while he climbs the coconut tree.

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This was the first book I heard my children "read" to themselves. The easy rhythm of the words following through the alphabet are very memorable and just plain fun to say. This story lends to dancing and singing and is wonderful for beginning K or preschool. It is a fun way to learn the alphabet as well. It is an alphabet book, very easy to read, with colorful pictures, so I would classify it as a picture book.

The story of this book is the letters of the alphabet meeting at the top of the coconu...more
Geneva Roberts
This book was colorful which alone was appealing for me but also the "chicka, chicka , boom boom!" rhyme was very catchy and my five year old and two year old sons were having fun repeating it hours after I had read it to them. The book delivers a fun story and lesson on the letters of the alphabet and recognition. This book would be a must have for any classroom for early childhood educators.

extension- have some magnetic letters and either draw a coconut tree or have one put up with magnets an...more
The book CHIKA CHIKA BOOM BOOM by Bill Martin Jr. is a story about the little letters of the alpabet who want to beat eachother to the top of the coconut tree. Will anyone win or will they get hurt trying to get to the top? If you read the book you will know. I liked the colors in this book and it was funny. Whoever likes silly storys should read this book.

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Definitely ruined in the storybook treastury form The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury, but worth it completely on it's on.
Mallory Dreiling
I enjoyed this book as a kid. It teachings basic counting principles and now has a song to go with it. A good way to teach kids basic counting skills.
I love this one. I read it to Gabe for the first time today and I can tell he's going to love it too. He was enthralled by the rhythm.
A fun alphabet rhyme when one get's tired of the classic ABC song.

The colors and the artwork are superb in this fun alphabet book. They are simple, bright and a pleasure to look at, which is a must in a picture book. The rhyme is fun and catchy and sure to engage small children. There is even a dramatic, if simple story, as the letters climb and then fall from the tree. The sound effects are fun and really add to the enjoyment.

My only real complaint is the messed up letters. Some of the letters...more
Gail Cooke

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 read again and again.

CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM 2010 is the first oversized board book edition, and in this case bigger is definitely better – more eye-popping than ever. Originally published in 1989 this alphabet book has appealed to generations of you...more
Kelly Ramsey
I remember reading this book in Ms. Murphy class. This was a very fun book about the alphabet rhyme. It had a very repetitive chorus for the children to enjoy saying aloud as you read to them. This book repeats the whole alphabet twice and it makes it really fun with the children when you say the sounds of each alphabet.
This book could be used in the following categorizes counting, rhyming, and learning the alphabet.

When reading this book, explain to you children that when yo...more
This was such a fun little book to read this week. I absolutely adore this story and the illustrations that go along with it. My mom used to read this book to me as a little girl and we even had "Hoover family dance moves" that correlated with the "chicka chicka" portions. Overall this story is an exciting and fun free read for children. Definitely geared towards a younger audience, but I think it should be read by or too children as they grow up.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an amazing children's book. This is a rhyming, mystery, alphabet recognizing, and a sing along all in one. When I read this book to my niece's and nephew's they loved it they would chant Chicka Chicka Boom Boom will there be enough room as they anticipated on seeing what was going to happen next. This is a wonderful book to read to children for amusement as well as learning alphabet recognition and to introduce rhyming.
Tameika King
Sep 07, 2013 Tameika King added it
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Summary: The letters of the alphabet race to find room on top of a coconut tree.

I absolutely loved this book. I found the illustrations to be wonderful and a great way to grasp the attention of young children. The book repeats certain phrases which is also great for a young audience because they can read along. I would use this book with a group of pre-schoolers to work on letter recognition.

Isha Barrie
This is one of my most memorable children's books. It's a fantastic way for children to learn their ABC's in a fun, easy manner. The rhyming aspect of the book makes the book entertaining not only for children but also the adults reading the book. Also the illustration of the book may be simple but it gets the job done it allows the child to focus on the words and get into the song of the ABC's.
This is Mackers' favourite book this season. We're already on our second copy as the first is completely worn out (and only a month old). This book is an excellent resource for teaching lowercase letters.
Sean Dornbush
After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, I believe it is a wonderful example of a concept picture book, and very useful for teaching the alphabet to preschool children for the first time. It follows a simple story line consisting of letters climbing up a tree, falling out, and climbing up again, so it is simple enough for small children to follow. More so, its use of vibrant and stimulating colors makes the book more attractive and engaging for the preschooler when they follow along. Together, the...more
Kelly Armstrong
I found "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. to be very appealing to children of the preschool age. It has very vivacious colors and illustrations, carries one central theme, and aims to teach one lesson throughout the entirety of the book. Due to the obvious rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, this book can also be sung like a song, which may be a lot of fun for children of the preschool age. The rhyme, rhythm, and repetition would also help to keep children’s’ attention. The illustrations a...more
Sarah Williams
I found the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" to be quite enjoyable, and particularly enjoyed the colors, the bold font and capitalization of the concept the authors were pinpointing (the letter of the alphabet), as well as the large illustrations of the letters that were shown throughout the entire book in various colors. It is intended for preschoolers, and I found it to be appropriate for that age group because of the bright, vivid colors. It is also appropriate because the focus is on teaching...more
Josselyn Hernandez
This was an enjoyable book that in my opinion, means more than meets the eye. While opening the front cover of the book, you can see that the end pages show each alphabetical letter in the upper case and lower case form. Keep in mind that up to this point I did not know this was going to be relevant to the story. The overall text throughout the book was very playful, and what added to this playfulness was definitely the bright colors like, greens and yellows, orange, and hot pink. The borders we...more
Diana Garcia
This book was so much fun to read. It's a fun book about a competition on who can fit up the cocunut tree with all the letters of the alphabet. Contained onomatopoeias, rhyming, and repitition. Definitely loved it because it had great illustrations and it's a fun way to learn the alphabet. What I also liked about the illustrations was that it matched the description of when the letters were going back up the tree hurt. After they fell it described family memebers helping each other up so it's a...more
Feb 14, 2014 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, especially preschoolers and kindergarteners
Shelves: children, abc-book, week-3
Characters: letters A-Z
Setting: a coconut tree
Intended audience: parents; educators; preschoolers and kindergartners; English learners

Beyond its rhythmic, catchy text, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is visually engaging for young and old alike. The brights colors create an exciting tone, and when coupled with the polka-dot page borders and other patterns, the letters practically leap off the page! The presence of letters climbing a coconut tree is simple but fun, and young children will enjoy every tim...more
Hannah Rich
'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' is a GREAT book to help children learn their alphabet! The first thing that caught my attention was the fluorescent/vibrant colors used for each letter of the alphabet! Putting each letter in bold and the capitalization of each individual letter really helps the reader depict one letter from another in the text. Each letter of the alphabet is not only told through a story, but as the story continues, the alphabet is repeated so children get a second chance to review the...more
Samantha Friedman
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was an awesome book, I find myself repeating the book after I was done reading it. The coconut tree being in the center of almost every page makes you draw the conclusion that it is an important part of the book. When the tree trunk is going diagonally across the page and the coconuts were falling off you do not even have to know what the text means to know that the tree is falling down because too many letters were on it. And when the tree did fall the text was very symm...more
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom is a perfectly rhythmic book that is the perfect starter to introduce the alphabet for young kids. Its illustrations, although simple, are adequate to show children the basic form of letters. The story is written more like a song and the words will repeat all day long in your classroom. All the letters go up the tree and...Uh oh……They all fall down! Children love hearing the story over and over it just never gets old.
Learning experience: Fill a beach pail with sand and...more
Alexis Overstreet
I thought this book was interesting. I think this book is good for its age group because it expresses the alphabet in the order it is. This helps the young readers/ listeners to get a rhyme of how the alphabet goes. It shows them which letter comes after another and helps them follow along. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a good representation for being a pre schooler book because at this age they are still learning the basic letters and alphabet in class. It is good because it repeats itself. Not o...more
Annette Taylor-james
I enjoyed reading this book because it is quite colorful and the anticipation that builds up each time we get to Chicka, Chicka, boom, boom. I can relate to this book because I am from a tropical country and coconut trees are all around; when the tree is overloaded with the alphabets I picture coconuts falling with them. (LOL)
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