Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Author: Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Published Date: January 1, 1989
The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. “A told b, and b told c, ‘I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'”–which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. Lois Ehlert’s chunky block illustrations show the luxuriant green palm standing straight and tall on the first page, but it begins to groan and bend under its alphabetical burden. First the coconuts fall off, then (“Chicka chicka… BOOM! BOOM!”) all the letters also end up in a big heap underneath. A very simple board-book version stops there, but this original text goes on to introduce the helping hands of the 26 uppercase “mamas and papas and uncles and aunts.” (Baby to preschool) –Richard Farr
I can definitely see why this book is still being used today. And why it’s still enjoyed by kids. It’s super fun to read and super fun to listen to. If the reader really gets into it the kids the rhymes are really good and flow really well. The illustrations match the words and the flow of the book, too. The all helps the book become timeless.