Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  
Author(s) Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault
Illustrator Lois Ehlert
Cover artist Lois Ehlert
Country United States
Language English
Subject(s) the alphabet
Genre(s) Children's picture book
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date 1989
Pages 36
ISBN 1559245778
OCLC Number 19262991
Followed by Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a bestselling children's book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert[1] , and published by Simon & Schuster in 1989. This book is about anthropomorphized letters, who climb up a coconut tree in alphabetical order, until the tree collapses. Capital letters (the older relatives of the letters climbing the tree) come to help them. Again alphabetically, it describes each letter's injury, such as "skinned-knee D". The book is notable for its rhyming structure which is reminiscent of the jazz vocal improvisation technique known as scat singing.

An audio book version is also available.

It inspired a 2004 sequel, Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3. A board book for toddlers, entitled Chicka, Chicka ABC was published in 1990 and contains the first half of the full story.

Recognition

Best Books[2]
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001; H.W. Wilson; United States
  • Children's Choices, 1990; International Reading Association; United States
Awards, Honors, Prizes[3]
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winner 1991 Grades K-3 Kentucky
  • Parents' Choice Award (Gold 2003, Best 25 Books in 25 Years United States)

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