Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Simon & Schuster, 1989


O is twisted alley oop

The alphabet theme:  The lower case letters of the alphabet go tree-climbing with disastrous results in a jazzy rhythm

Poor injured letters.  I hope they're all going to be OK.

Poor injured letters. I hope they’re all going to be OK.

This bright and bouncy book makes use of rhyme and rhythm and bold colorful artwork to tell a simple story.  As the lower case letters climb higher and higher, the tree bends over more and more until they all tumble out.  Their older relatives come to comfort them and help them out.  I like that it’s not just moms and dads helping out, but aunts and uncles, too.  It’s always good to remind kids that extended family has their back, as well.

A modern classic, this book was recently read aloud by President Obama right before this year’s White House Easter Egg Hunt.  It’s a fun book to read, with a jazzy style that’s reminiscent of scat singing.  You can hear it sung, if you want, on the album Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs, featuring John Archambault and David Plummer.   Definitely a fun read with little ones.

The X Factor:  Nothing special here – the X climbs up with Y and Z and manages to get back down without incident


2 thoughts on “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

  1. Always enjoyed reading these to my boys, although I have to admit I preferred Chicka Chicka 1-2-3. Both great, though, and I believe there’s at least one more now!

  2. Somehow I missed these books and only just found out about them when I started researching ABC books. I’ll have to check out Chicka Chicka 1-2-3. Maybe it will launch a whole month of counting books! 🙂

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