Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Lap Edition Board book – Jun 22 2010
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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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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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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.
I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."
Thus begins Chicka Chicka Boom Boom's bouncy romp through the alphabet. The cadence is quick and the rhyming is fun. One can't help but read it aloud just to bop along! This book has captivated every child I've seen "read" it from 1 month (no kidding, the bright colors and simple shapes really grab 'em) to 5 years.
As for its learning potential, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom clips through the alphabet twice, and in a brilliant move portrays the child-personified letters as lower-case and the "adult" letters as upper-case. The "kid" letters are rambunctious and accitentally get hurt (resulting in "skinned-knee d", "black-eyed p", and "loose-toothed t"), but the "adult" letters are there to help them up, dust off their pants, and feel better.
In short, this is a book that's so sweet and fun, I'd have bought it even if it didn't have it's additional benefit of learning the alphabet! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom comes highly recommended!
Most recent customer reviews
I do not understand what parents find so great about this book at all. It is so lazy...
The illustrations are embarrassing. Read more
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 6 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