For parents and kids looking for bold, fantastic children’s books, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is definitely a title worth checking out. Bill Martin Jr., the author often found working together with the renowned Eric Carle, pens a merry alphabet rhyme in which the letters of the alphabet are center stage and start challenging each other to treetop races. However, too many letters in the tree cause it to bend and the entire alphabet falls out of the tree with a sound that gives the book its name, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Illustrator Lois Elhert shows them all in a huge, colorful heap that is sure to make little eyes grow wide with the vibrant array. Flaring oranges, bright greens, and hot pink letters all manage to recover – but not without some giggle worthy scuffs, “skinned-knee D and stubbed-toe E.” The upper-case letters act as the parents and carry them off home. Of course, the letter A isn’t going to let that put a stop to treetop racing and that night, it’s time to try it again!
The book is meant for children ages 2-6 and can be used in many different ways, from simply enjoying bold coloring to memorizing the alphabet easier to learning to read and sound out words. Martin creates fun to say phrases like “skoodle doot” and more. Once kids learn to say them aloud, you can be certain they’ll be reading right along and playing around the house repeating them. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a great addition to any child’s library or a school classroom.