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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
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Author Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault
Illustrator Lois Ehlert
Cover artist Lois Ehlert
Country United States
Language English
Subject the alphabet
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Pages 36
ISBN 1-55924-577-8
OCLC 19262991
Followed by Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a bestselling American children's book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1989. The book features anthropomorphized letters. The book charted on The New York Times Best Seller list for children's books in 2000.


The lowercase letters climb up the coconut tree in alphabetical order, until their weight causes the tree to lean and all the letters fall out of the tree. Capital letters (the older relatives of the lowercase letters) come to rescue them. Again alphabetically, while being rescued, it describes some of the letter’s injuries including: D having a skinned-knee, E having a stubbed toe, F being patched up, G being all out of breath, H and I being tangled up, J and K about to cry, L being knotted like a tie, M being looped, N being stooped, O being twisted alley-oop, P having a black eye, and T having a loose tooth.

Later at night, the letter A gets out of bed and starts climbing up the tree again.


An audio book version is also available, narrated by Ray Charles.

A CD-ROM game was released in 1995 by Davidson and Simon & Schuster Interactive.

It inspired a 2004 sequel, Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3. A board book for toddlers, entitled Chicka, Chicka ABC was published in 1990, containing the first half of the full story, which ends up with all 26 letters falling out of the tree.

Weston Woods made an animated musical short film adaptation of the original book, with music composed and performed by Crystal Taliefero.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs
Studio album by
Released 2000
Recorded 1991-1992
Genre Children's music
Label Youngheart Records
Producer David Plummer & John Archambault

In 1992, along with musician David Plummer, Archambault released an album composed of several songs based on the storybook, entitled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs. The album was named a 1992 "Notable Children’s Recording" by the American Library Association and in 1993, won a Parents' Choice Award.


No. Title Length
1. "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"    
2. "ABC Song"    
3. "Braggin' Dragon"    
4. "Helicopter Man"    
5. "Merry-Go-Round"    
6. "Didgereedoo"    
7. "Counting Sheep"    
8. "B-A-Bay"    
9. "5 Little Monkeys"    
10. "Here Comes Another One"    
11. "Saturday Night At The Fair"    
12. "Jump Rope Rhymes"    
13. "Knick Knack Dappy Whack"    
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