Module 2: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Book Summary:

The lower case letters head up a coconut tree in alphabetical order until the tree becomes too heavy and spills them all onto the ground. Afraid that the little letters may be hurt, the capitalized adult letters rush over to kiss scrapes and make sure they are all okay. Once all taken care of, the letters try to do it all again!

APA Reference of Book:

Martin, B., & Archambault, J. (1989). Chicka chicka boom boom. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom breathes new life into learning the alphabet. These letters are not content to hang out in some boring song; instead they race up a coconut tree for some rough-housing fun. This book is fun, plain and simple. I consider this brightly-colored rhyming book an alternative to the alphabet song and with illustrations that are bold and bright it is sure to please even the pickiest of young readers. In fact, I reread the book a couple of times because I enjoyed it. Yes, yes, I am an adult. But I plan to share this book with my nephews when I see them next because I am convinced that they will love it. But really, who wouldn’t?

Professional Review:

“In this bright and lively rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: ‘Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!’ All the family members race to help, as one by one the letters recover in amusingly battered fashion. Poor stubbed toe E has a swollen appendage, while F sports a jaunty Band-Aid and P is indeed black-eyed. As the tropic sun goes down and a radiant full moon appears, indomitable A leaps out of bed, double-daring his colleagues to another treetop race. This nonsense verse delights with its deceptively simple narrative and with the repetition of such catchy phrases as ‘skit skat skoodle doot.’ Ehlert’s bold color scheme, complete with hot pink and orange borders, matches the crazy mood perfectly. Children will revel in seeing the familiar alphabet transported into this madcap adventure. Ages 2-6.”

-Publishers Weekly

(1989).  [Review of the book Chicka chicka boom boom, by B.Martin & J. Archambault]. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved from: dp_proddesc_0?ie= UTF8&n=283155& s=books

Library Uses:

There are a lot of fun uses for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in the library. Personally, I think creating an alphabet tree as a library display using colored paper and dye cut letters would be a fun way to really bring the story to life for young patrons. You could create the tree and hide the letters around the children’s area of the library. Read the story to the children and then have them go on a scavenger hunt around the area to find them.  Then the children use the story to put the letters in the tree in the correct order. You could also have a board with a tree on it and felt letters that the children have to place on the tree in order, kind of like a word scramble.


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