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Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3
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Front cover illustration
Author Bill Martin, Jr. & Michael Sampson
Illustrator Lois Ehlert
Cover artist Lois Ehlert
Country United States
Language English
Subject numbers
Genre Children's picture book
Publication date
July 6, 2004
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-689-85881-7
OCLC 53900934
[E] 22
LC Class PZ8.3.M3988 Cf 2004
Preceded by Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 is a children's book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson. The book features anthropomorphized numbers.


The number 0 wants to climb up an apple tree, but ends up watching the numbers from 1 to 20 (including the number 5 wearing a top hat) in counting order, then 30 to 90 by tens (including the number 70 with long hair), and finally 99, climb it. As the numbers were climbing, 0 wondered if there would be a place for him. But as they all come before him, there is no room for him, until a group of bumblebees come and say that it is their tree. While counting backwards, the bumblebees fly around them, causing all the numbers (except 10 who was hiding, but including 99 who fell out before all the others did right after the bees told the numbers to get out of the tree), to fall out of the tree. Also while falling down, 11 gets bent up, 8 gets a crack, and 6 gets twisted. The number 0 now knows where he would be in the apple tree. He goes to the top of the tree and joins with 10 to make the number 100, which scares all the bumblebees away, and all the other numbers come back out and cheer for 10 and 0's bravery.


The book has won numerous awards from a variety of publications, libraries, and parenting groups, including Best Book of 2004 by Parenting Magazine.


Weston Woods produced an animated cartoon of the book, complete with music and song composed and performed by Crystal Taliefero.

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