Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.jpg
Cover showing the coconut tree
AuthorBill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
IllustratorLois Ehlert
Cover artistLois Ehlert
CountryUnited States
SubjectThe alphabet
GenreChildren's picture book
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
September 14, 1989
Preceded byN/A 
Followed byChicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a bestselling American children's book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert,[1] and published by Simon & Schuster in 1989. The book features anthropomorphized letters and charted on The New York Times Best Seller list for children's books in 2000.[2]


The lowercase letters try to climbing up a coconut tree alphabetically, until their weight causes the tree to lean over. After that, all of the letters fall out of the tree. Shortly there after, the capital letters (the older relatives of the lowercase letters) come to rescue them. Again alphabetically, while being rescued, the book describes most of the letters' injuries. These injuries include D having a skinned-knee, E having a stubbed toe, F being patched up, G being all out of breath, H and I being tangled up, J and K about to cry, L being knotted like a tie, M being looped, N being stooped, O being twisted "alley-oop," P having a black eye, and T having a loose tooth. However, the rest of the letters have no injuries. The sun goes down afterwards. Later at night, the letter A starts to get out of bed and climb up the tree again, daring all the other letters to catch him.


An audio book version is also available, narrated by Ray Charles.

A CD-ROM game was released in 1995 by Davidson and Simon & Schuster Interactive.

A 2004 sequel entitled Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 was inspired by it. Also, a board book for toddlers entitled Chicka, Chicka, ABC was published in 1990, which contains the first half of the original story, and ends up with all 26 letters causing themselves fall out of the coconut tree.[citation needed]

Weston Woods made his owned animated musical short film adaptation which was inspired the original book in 1999, with music composed and performed by the Crystal Taliefero.[citation needed]


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs
Studio album by
GenreChildren's music
LabelYoungheart Records
ProducerDavid Plummer & John Archambault

In 1992, Archambault released an album composed of several songs based on the storybook entitled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs, along with musician David Plummer. The album was named a 1992 "Notable Children's Recording" by the American Library Association and in 1993, won a Parents' Choice Award.[3][4] Its main track was the title song, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which was the book name.


1."Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" 
2."ABC Song" 
3."Braggin' Dragon" 
4."Helicopter Man" 
7."Counting Sheep" 
9."5 Little Monkeys" 
10."Here Comes Another One" 
11."Saturday Night At The Fair" 
12."Jump Rope Rhymes" 
13."Knick Knack Dappy Whack" 


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-02-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) John Archambault: Books
  2. ^ "Best Sellers : December 17, 2000". The New York Times. December 17, 2000. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ "For Halloween, learning about skeletons, and some tips on the art of the pumpkin". The Sun - Baltimore, Md. Oct 14, 1994. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Notable children's recording". Emergency Librarian. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.