Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
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a-z letters on pages
AuthorBill Martin, Jr., John Archambault
IllustratorLois Ehlert
Cover artistLois Ehlert
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Subjectthe alphabet
GenreChildren's picture book
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
1989
Pages36
ISBN1-55924-577-8
OCLC19262991
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.

Summary[edit]

The lower-case letters climb a coconut tree in alphabetical order, until the tree bends so much, causing all 26 letters to tumble out of the tree. Capital letters (the older relatives of the letters climbing the tree) come to help them. Again alphabetically, it describes each letter's injury.

At night, "a" comes back out and climbs up the coconut tree, daring the other letters to catch him.

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

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

It inspired a 2004 sequel, Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3. A board book for toddlers, entitled Chicka, Chicka ABC was published in 1990, containing the first half of the full story, which ends up with all 26 letters falling out of the tree.

Album[edit]

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs
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Studio album by
Released2000
Recorded1991-1992
GenreChildren's music
LabelYoungheart Records
ProducerDavid Plummer & John Archambault

In 1992, along with musician David Plummer, Archambault released an album composed of several songs based on the storybook, entitled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs. The album was named a 1992 "Notable Children’s Recording" by the American Library Association and in 1993, won a Parents' Choice Award.[2][3]

Tracks[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" 
2."ABC Song" 
3."Braggin' Dragon" 
4."Helicopter Man" 
5."Merry-Go-Round" 
6."Didgereedoo" 
7."Counting Sheep" 
8."B-A-Bay" 
9."5 Little Monkeys" 
10."Here Comes Another One" 
11."Saturday Night At The Fair" 
12."Jump Rope Rhymes" 
13."Knick Knack Dappy Whack" 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-02-22. John Archambault: Books
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Notable children's recording". Emergency Librarian. Retrieved 1 March 2013.