Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Type:
Song
Genre:
Fiction
Theme:
Music
Mode:
Sing to Me
Story Length:
Medium

Description

A told B, and B told C, and one by one, like energetic kids playing, they race up the coconut tree. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Will there be enough room? Sing along as the playful letters make their way up the coconut tree, making it bend from their weight, and . . . BOOM! BOOM! Authors Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault’s rhythmic lyrics and Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold colors make for a catchy way to remember the alphabet—both lower and uppercase letters. When A wakes up and starts back up the tree . . . what do you think will happen next?

Learning Concepts

Alphabet

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Chicka chicka boom boom
Chicka chicka boom boom

Chicka chicka boom boom
Chicka chicka boom boom

A told B,
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.”

“Whee!” said D to E F G.
“I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.”

Chicka chicka boom boom!
Will there be enough room?
Here comes H up the coconut tree,
and I and J
and tag-along K,
all on their way up the coconut tree.

Chicka chicka boom boom!
Will there be enough room?
Look who’s coming!
L M N O P!

And Q R S!

And T U V!

Still more—W! And X Y Z!

The whole alphabet up the— Oh, no!

Chicka chicka

BOOM! BOOM!

Skit skat skoodle doot.
Flip flop flee.
Everybody running to the coconut tree.
Mamas and papas and uncles and aunts
hug their little dears, then dust their pants.

“Help us up,” cried A B C.

Next from the pileup skinned-knee D
and stubbed-toe E
and patched-up F.
Then comes G all out of breath.

H is tangled up with I.
J and K are about to cry.
L is knotted like a tie.

M is looped.
N is stooped.
O is twisted alley-oop.

Skit skat skoodle doot.
Flip flop flee.

Look who’s coming! It’s black-eyed P,
Q R S,
and loose-tooth T.

Then U V W wiggle-jiggle free.

Last to come X Y Z.
And the sun goes down on the coconut tree.

But chicka chicka boom boom!
Look, there’s a full moon.

A is out of bed, and this is what he said,
“Dare double dare, you can’t catch me.”

Chicka chicka BOOM! BOOM!
(Chicka BOOM!)

Chicka chicka BOOM! BOOM!
(Chicka chicka BOOM! BOOM!)

“I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.”

Chicka chicka BOOM! BOOM!
(Chicka BOOM!)

Chicka chicka BOOM! BOOM!
(Chicka chicka BOOM! BOOM!)

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Credits

  • From the book by: Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
  • Illustrated by: Lois Ehlert
  • Music composed by: Crystal Taliefero
  • Directed by: Virginia Wilkos
  • Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Text copyright: ©1989 by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
  • Illustrations copyright: ©1989 by Lois Ehlert

Cast

  • Music performed by: Crystal Taliefero

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