Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Paperback – Aug 1 2000
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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 the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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 the Hardcover edition.
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The illustrations are embarrassing. I cannot believe someone would want their name associated with this book as an "illustrator". Go cut out some letters, maybe a leaf and a couple of circles. Arrange them on the page. Congratulations - you now qualify as an "illustrator". Lazy.
And the story. There is no story. It's just nonsense forced together to make some rhymes. Lazy.
And when I say "some" rhymes, I mean some. The authors couldn't be bothered to rhyme about a quarter of the book. Lazy
And if that wasn't enough... seriously... and I quote from the book...
"L M N O P! And Q R S! And T U V!"
LAZY! Yes... way to put zero effort in. And then line after line of pointless rhymes that make no sense in context, they are just thrown in there because they rhyme. Lazy. Then made-up words thrown in too because the authors were again too lazy to actually find real worlds to rhyme. No sense of rhythm as it changes in a totally random fashion throughout the book because the author was just too darned lazy.
Maybe kids like this - in the same way they like *anything* that comes out of your mouth at the right tone. But as an Adult, I am just incensed by the lack of effort that went into this book. That they would ask money for this just ticks me off because they basically phoned it in. You'd be better off buying your kids some felt letters to play with and making up rhyming nonsense off the top of your head.
Don't buy this book... please. Save your money for books that took more than 90 seconds to write and illustrate.
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Verses of the letters' exploits are intermixed with chants like so;
"Chicka chick boom boom!
Will there be enough room?
Here comes H
Up the coconut tree"
The text has a nice rhythmic quality to it. A kind of onomatopoetic elegance. And the illustrations, while not particularly stunning, fulfill their purpose excellently. It's a good read-aloud story for kids learning their alphabet, and would fit into any storytime excellently. A fun feisty book.
The author captures the tone of children at play, keeps a rhythm that is easy to follow, and provides a warm sunny way for children to remember the alphabet. It is well worth the money and I will look for more offerings from the author in the future. I also used it as a tool for homeschooling my daughter who has just turned 4. After the purchase and use of this book, she can easily recognize all letters large and small which makes it so much easier when you work on phonics and early reading. The book made it FUN and that is what I liked the most.
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Most recent customer reviews
my almost 3 year old really connected with this book which suits me fine because it has upper and lower case alphabet for recognition. nice rhymes and coconut tree fun.Published 4 months ago by Nadine Mazzawi
I loved this book when I was a kid so I bought it for my baby. He's a little too young to appreciate it but hopefully soonPublished 5 months ago by Erika
My two year old grandson loves this book and we read it over and over. Marvellous story and lots of fun to share.Published 5 months ago by KAC
Cute book. My son likes it, I'm impartial. It rhymes well, and is a good lesson on capitol letters and under case letters.Published 6 months ago by Lesley