Lively text and exuberant rhyme lie at the heart of this snazzy alphabet book. Written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, and illustrated by Lois Ehlert, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a true collaboration of fabulous authors and one creative illustrator.
It All Starts With A…
“A told B/ And B told C/ I’ll meet you at the top/ of the coconut tree.” This adventure starts off innocently enough, with three feisty letters climbing up a green coconut tree that stands up straight and tall. They’re only the first 3 characters out of 25 though, and before long more and more members of the gang begin to show up and slowly, ever so slowly, the coconut tree begins to bend… and groan…and when the whole alphabet makes it up the coconut tree…Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM! They all come tumbling down. Then with some helpful upper case “mamas and papas and aunts and uncles” the humorously bruised and battered letters begin recover themselves…only to start the mischief all over again.
At first they may seem un-extraordinary, but Lois Ehlert’s chunky, bright illustrations fit this crazy wacky book perfectly, and contribute way more to it than you might be inclined to think at first glance. The letters are colorful and every page is complete with an orange and pink polka dot border. The simplicity of the drawings plays into the simplicity of the wording, but the little details are not to be overlooked. A patched-up F sports a Band-Aid whilst “stubbed-toe E” looks a little swollen. Poor D has a skinned knee, and J and K have little tears coming off of them as they start to cry. The illustrations are easy to form attachment to-looking back on this book years after it was read to me as a child the pictures yank me right back to sitting next to my mom while she patiently reads it over and over again (I demanded her to.)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Love At First Read
I have very fond memories of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I remember vividly reading it (or getting it read to me) when I was but a wee tot. The bright colors, the repetitive chorus, and the jumble of letters to sort through thrilled my little mind. Today, it’s a book that is still getting credit from parents everywhere for teaching their children the alphabet. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I could recite my ABC’s before any of my preschool classmates. Ironic? I think not. Pure child genius? It’d be nice to think so, but no. I give thanks to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. You may think I am embellishing here, but I am not. Its mad storyline and funny little “characters” rivet young minds like no other. It’s one of my favorite alphabet books out there. If you have a little one, anywhere from infancy up to three or four years old, give Chicka Chicka Boom Boom a shot.