Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Illustration by Lois Elhert

Storyline: It seems that there isn’t much to say about this book – “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”-, that all is self-explanatory, and yet, for those of us who didn’t got a chance to read it, or forgot about it, here is a summary.

It all started with the letter “A” … A told B, and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree”. And then comes D, E, F, G all racing up. But will there be room for all of them? The tree is still upright at this point. But as the letter of the alphabet climb up, one after another, the tree trunk is beginning to bend. By the time Y and Z are going up the trunk, the tree is ready to shake off its load and break free. And “Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom…” it happens.  All the letters are on the ground, piled under the coconut tree, tangled with each other. But not for long. One by one, starting again, with the letter A, they get up and leave. When the night comes, all the letters are going to bed and the coconut tree is alone, or almost. The letter A is there, climbing up to the top, once more.

This beloved book was first published 1989 and ever since, this tongue twisting rhyme book has been read to millions of kids in every generation. It is a very engaging way of learning the alphabet.

Characters: All the letters of the alphabet

Illustration: Bold drawings and strong colors, straight lines and clean cuts, these are the most prominent features of the illustration. Lois Elhert own style is visible through the pages of the book. The drawing is arranged as one illustration that fills the two opposite pages, with the spine being the trunk of the coconut tree. Never the less, the simplicity of the illustration only adds to the dynamic of the text.

Recommended for preschoolers

Medal/Awards: Kentucky Bluegrass Award for K-3 (1991), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor for Picture Book (1990)

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