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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Book review by
Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Book Poster Image
Colorfully illustrated alphabet rhymes.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

The fun and lively rhymes paired with the creative personification of letters will provide a unique learning experience for readers. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom allows for an enjoyable and refreshing interaction with the alphabet as readers follow upper and lowercase letters in an unexpected journey to the top (and bottom) of a coconut tree.

Violence & Scariness

The lowercase characters in this book venture to the top of a coconut tree and soon find out that it lacks the sturdiness to hold all 26 of them. Each individual letter experiences their own respective injuries as they fall off the tree and down to the ground -- "E" stubbed its toe, "P" has a black eye, "T" ends up with a loose tooth, etc. Luckily, the uppercase letters - "mamas and papas and uncles and aunts" - come to patch up and tend to the many injuries. As the sun sets on such an adventurous day, the daring "A" gets out of bed and encourages yet another race to the top of the coconut tree.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will be delighted by the characters' tree-climbing antics. Beginning readers and the read-to-me set will enjoy the vibrant art, the bouncy rhymes, the repetition, and the personification of letters.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 year old Written byKarlls January 20, 2011
my kid lover the book chicka chicka boom boom and chicka chicka 1,2,3
Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written bymagasalee June 16, 2009
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 9 years old March 26, 2009

What's the story?

How many small letters can fit up the coconut tree? Too many! But the capital letters come to the rescue, and everyone is patched up before sundown. The familiar letters--and the pages of this story--come alive in this colorfully illustrated (but, perhaps too abstract) alphabet rhyme.

Is it any good?

Although the illustrations in this book are a bit abstract (some younger readers didn't recognize the coconut tree until it was pointed out), they are boldly painted. The dazzling rainbow parade of colorful letters make them memorable, adding to the educational value of this rhyming tale. "Chicka chicka boom boom!" becomes a fun mantra for children, who shout it out as an "Uh-oh!" to warn the adventurous alphabet characters. The illustrations of the patched-up letters are whimsical and endearing.

A great story for children learning (or needing reinforcement in) their letters, the alphabet is listed in order twice during the course of the story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the alphabet. Sing the familiar alphabet song, and seek out other presentations of the entire alphabet.

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