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.