- Age Range: 2 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD530L (What's this?)
- Audio CD: 40 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416927182
- ISBN-13: 978-1416927181
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Book & CD) Audio CD – October 24, 2006
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About the Author
John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who worked with Bill Martin, Jr. on several projects. He lives in Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California.
Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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I cannot say who this book should be perfect for, but definitely not for most kids and adults. :) The graphics are ugly, there is only 1 tree and letters. Nothing else!!! Nothing that will keep the attention of your kid.
The story or songs - not sure what this is, is ridiculous. "A told B and B told C I'll meet you at he top of the coconut tree." How to explain my 2 year old what is going on here? :) My kid is only 2 and even though she knows every single letter, and numbers up to 10, she is not interested at all in this book.
I wish I returned it when I could.
Very simple story in that all of the (lower case) letters are racing to the top of a coconut tree, once they're all up there the tree becomes top-heavy and - "Chicka chicka... BOOM! BOOM!" - bends from the load, they all come tumbling out, incurring normal childhood-type ailments (skinned-knee, stubbed-toe, loose tooth, out of breath, tangled and knotted up, looped, stooped and "twisted alley-oop", etc.) The parents, aunts and uncles (capital letters) come to their aid as the tree trunk straightens back up. BUT... when the full moon comes out that night, "A" sneaks out of bed and - as children will do - double dares them all back up to the top of the tree! The book ends with a 2-page spread of all of the letters, upper and lower case next to each other - a terrific tool to help youngsters recognize both forms, and part of the fun are the rhymes and fun tongue-twister expressions interspersed throughout (i.e. Skit skat skoodle doot/Flip flop flee.) Super cute little book!
You can probably imagine that - having babysat for three of my four grandchildren for 7 years prior to my daughter-in-law becoming a stay-at-home-mom - we have MANY board books included in the large children's library we've built for them over those years - typically, if they're board book versions of a previously released book, they're greatly ABRIDGED versions. I have to say that not only is this one of the highest quality-constructed board books we've purchased, but at 36 pages long (as compared to the hardcover's 40 pages), I think we've actually got most of the entire original book! (Obvious difference would be its size - this is @ 5-1/2" x 7" and a full 3/4" thick, while the hardcover's description lists it as 8.2 x .4 x 10.9.) And what a deal! We purchased this on Amazon for below its imprinted $7.99 US price, and are so pleased with what we received for our dollars - nice, thick pages, bright and eye-catching colors - even our 5-1/2 and 9-1/2 year old grandsons have gotten a kick out of reading this to the little ones!