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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Sep 22 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books; Anniversary edition (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442422696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416990918
  • ASIN: 1416990917
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,181,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Board book 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 the Board book edition.

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Format: Board book Verified Purchase
The daycare where my granddaughters go has the book and read it one day. My eldest granddaughter went home and asked her mom if they could get Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I was looking for the book and found the DVD and decided both would make a great gift for her birthday. I was right! I babysat them the other night and they were more than happy to sit on the bed with me while I read it... again and again! Though they are 4 and 2 they happily "read" along with me. The book is sturdy, colourful, easy to read and follow along. It's simple and short so they don't lose interest quickly. They were saying the ending before I could read it.
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We had taken the books from the library many times when my son was 4.he recently started kindergarten and read the book there.eversince he has been constantly asking me to get it for him.he is sure to be delighted to get it.
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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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This is hands down the best book for children age 3 and under that I have ever encountered (and we have over 1,000 children's books in our home!). I began reading it to my oldest child when she was 2 months old, and by 16 months, she could recite the alphabet AND identify all 26 letters of the alphabet-- upper AND lower case! I give most of the credit to this wonderful book (but keep in mind, we read it EVERYDAY, often times, several times a day!) My youngest child picks this book out of the shelf first and foremost. He is only 13 months old, but he absolutely loves this book and prefers it over most toys. Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault have more than a classic here, not to mention the great illustrations by Lois Ehlert. If you're looking for the perfect book to teach your children the alphabet or you just simply want an entertaining book that is sure to be a hit, look no further. This is it!
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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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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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My daughter was given this book with cd for her 1st birthday. She is almost two and this is one of her favourite books. It has helped with learning her alphabet and i still LOVE reading it with her. It is now one of my favourite gifts to "pay it forward" with my friends! AMAZING READ and provides great interaction with your children!!
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Format: Paperback
A word of warning. If you haven't a rhythmic bone in your body, you'd best not be reading "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" anytime soon. This book is arguably the best known alphabet book on the market today. Telling a tale of alphabetic foolhardiness, a troop of lower case letters (all of them, in fact) go bounding up the nearby coconut tree for a variety of reasons. When the tree can no longer support their weight the little letters find themselves splayed out on the ground. Fortunately the big letters come along to comfort the little ones, though it's obvious by the end that not all have learned their lesson.
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.
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