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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition [Special Edition] [Hardcover]

Bill Martin Jr. , John Archambault , Lois Ehlert
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Sept. 22 2009 Chicka Chicka Book, A
Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault's rhythmic chant and Lois Ehlert's exuberant collage illustrations have made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom a read-aloud favorite for twenty years.

To celebrate, here is a special anniversary edition of this quintessential picture book with these exciting new features including completely restored artwork, twenty years of Chicka historical note and a Happy Birthday, Chicka! poster on the inside jacket that will surely delight old and new generations of Chicka Chicka fans alike!

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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 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 uppercase "mamas and papas and uncles and aunts." (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In this bright and lively rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: "Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!" All the family members race to help, as one by one the letters recover in amusingly battered fashion. Poor stubbed toe E has a swollen appendage, while F sports a jaunty Band-Aid and P is indeed black-eyed. As the tropic sun goes down and a radiant full moon appears, indomitable A leaps out of bed, double-daring his colleagues to another treetop race. This nonsense verse delights with its deceptively simple narrative and with the repetition of such catchy phrases as "skit skat skoodle doot." Ehlert's bold color scheme, complete with hot pink and orange borders, matches the crazy mood perfectly. Children will revel in seeing the familiar alphabet transported into this madcap adventure. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 18 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 3 year old son loved this book. He memorized it in no time because he read it so much. I would recommend to all family with kids. Love love love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson LOVES this book Jan. 25 2014
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Silly rhyming about how the letters of the alphabet keep climbing a coconut tree and what happens when they all fall out. My grandson is 3 yrs. old and loves to sing the ABC song. He enjoyed the fun of the story and had to have it read over and over again. I'd recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Nov. 7 2013
By Bex
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter had this book when she was little. We read it so much, the pages were coming out. SO when I had my son, I had to get him this book. So far he seems to like it. Fun story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase Oct. 5 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Please buy this book for your child. Reading this book aloud sounds wonderful. Even my husband stopped to listen to me when I first read this book to our son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rhythm...Great Book Sept. 10 2013
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This is a rhythmic take on what could be another boring ABC book...but B. Martin JR brings rhythm, rhyme & fun to the scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars school favorite a must! Jan. 14 2013
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I've worked in schools for 15 years. This book is a favorite with teachers and students alike. I bought it for my grand-daughter for Christmas. She loves the rhythm and beat to the words and is learning her alphabet at the same time! The bright colors and easy to read text make it easy to read and for the children to follow along. The letters of the alphabet are in both upper and lower case and are easy to recognize. If this book is not yet a classic, it soon will be!! I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Nov. 24 2012
By Amber
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This is an amazing kids book and by far my three year old's favorite. Excellent for learning the alphabet in a fun way, every kid needs a copy... board style is excellent, purchased this because our soft cover had been taped back together from reading so many times!
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Incorporating a whimsical approach to teaching the alphabet, John Archambault's and Lois Ehlert's cacophony of color and text, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," could be the perfect book for toddlers. We started reading this to our son when he was just an infant, and to our surprise he was able to recite his entire alphabet by the time he was eighteen months old. The credit, in part, must go to this clever book.
The daring, lowercase "a" takes it upon himself to clamber up a lowly palm tree, calling out to the rest of the little letters to join him in the adventure. Unable to resist, the whole alphabet finds itself up in the now perilously bent tree. But soon- "Oh no! Chicka, chicka, BOOM, BOOM!" - chaos ensues as all find themselves in a heap on the ground, calling out to their uppercase parents, aunts, and uncles who soon arrive to help. Scrapes are soothed, tears are wiped, and the little letters eventually leave the scene of the disaster. That is until the moon shines bright and "a" repeats his taunt.
Told in bright colors, with big, round shapes and letters, this tale is a feast for the eyes. Author Archambault rhymes his tale, making it easy to remember (our son reads along with us on this book, unable to resist the lilting text.) The feel of the story makes it seem almost like an African parable, heavy on rhythm and sound, with memorable lines that stick with you and your child long after the cover is closed.
One of the finest children's book ever written, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" should be a part of any young child's library. It's a story one can never tire of reading.
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