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Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 Hardcover – August 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689858817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689858819
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–A counting-book companion to Martin and Ehlert's Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom (S & S, 1989). The cut-paper art is almost identical to the earlier work, right down to the use of vibrant splashes of color. The layout will also be familiar to that title's many fans. At the center of the story this time, however, is an apple tree. Numerals race to the top with 1, 2, and 3 leading the way. Next come 4, 5, and 6 climbing right behind, but "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3… Will there be a place for me?" asks 0. Page after page, the numbers climb ("Hot pink 12, lucky 13, picking apples, red and green") and they all forget 0 down in the lower right-hand corner. They keep going "until at last there's 99, and all the numbers are feeling fine." Except for 0, that is, who begins to cry once again, "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3… Will there be a place for me?" And, at precisely that moment, a swarm of bumblebees arrives shouting, "GET OUT OF OUR TREE…." Alas, the counting begins anew, this time backward. And 0, no bad apple, finally discovers his life's calling and rightful place: at the very top of the tree next to 10, who stayed there all along, becoming… 100. This story is a perfect selection for 100th day or Zero the Hero celebrations. A deliciously sweet selection, and a nifty counting book to boot.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 1. Since its first publication in 1989, Martin and Ehlert's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has delighted preschoolers with its rhyme about an irresistibly rowdy alphabet that scales a tree. Tree-climbing numbers replace letters in this follow-up, which is as visually exciting as the earlier book. Ehlert's cut-paper collages retain the previous title's tropical hues and solid, playful shapes, but the conceptual exercise is more challenging than in the first book, which simply ran, letter by letter, up and down the alphabet. Here the numbers ascend by ones up to 20, after which they switch to intervals of tens (30, 40, 50) until they reach 90, which is followed not by 100, but by 99. Zero follows 99, accompanied by text that may confuse children: "0 lands on top / of the tree, / joins with 10. / Now 100 you see!" Adults will probably need to explain the math; the bright endpapers that count by ones to 100 will help. Despite the tricky concepts, though, the chanting rhyme and eye-popping images have a contagious energy youngsters will find irresistible. Gillian Engberg
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Customer Reviews

He will sit and read this book with us over and over again.
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We bought this because my son LOVES the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book.
Paige B. Bennett
I like the rhyming of the book and it is fun to read to children.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Carol Vyhanek on June 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Every kindergarten teacher must have this book! We will all need a chicka, chicka apple tree in our classrooms (to accompany our Chicka, Chicka coconut trees.) In the same style as Chicka, Chicka Boom, Boom, this book features the numbers climbing an apple tree. 1-20 climb, and then counting by 10's until 100 is at the top of the apple tree! Enjoy sharing this with your class!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Mayr on April 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My nine-year old daughter has always maintained that Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was her favorite book. We own it, but she still checks it out from the library. When she found out there was a 'sequel'--Chicka Chicka 123, I went ahead and ordered it despite some of the less than glowing reviews. I'm very glad I did. My daughter said that she likes it even better than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Now to address some other issues that have been brought up.....other reviewers have asked why zero is the hero? It is simple. Throughout the whole book zero is shy and wonders if he will fit in and where he will fit in. At the end, he realizes that there is a place for him. He ends up having courage, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. What kid (or adult for that matter)hasn't dealt with those feelings? Combine that with the fact that zero rhymes with hero and you have a kid's book made in heaven. In the end, it's the kids opinions that matter....and my daughter loves it. Besides, most of what Dr.Seuss wrote made no sense at all and those books are all classics now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my almost 2 1/2 year old daughter that is obsessed with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It was a cute book, but not as entertaining as the original. She gets very involved with "Boom Boom" but actually gets up and walks off when we try to read this one with her. Some kids may really enjoy it, but it was just "okay" in our household.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Dad on May 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My first-grader loves this book! He had read Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom in kindergarten, so it was nice to find a book one step up in sophistication, which Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 is.

The sequel has a more developed plot and has a lovely and sad repeating line.. Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3, wil there be a place for me? from little zero.

But in the end, zero is the hero as he saves the day from the "Buzzing close, bumble bees!" Then a valuable math lesson is taught, as children learn elemenatary place value-- 0 with 10 becomes 100 and completes the number climb to the top of the beautiful apple tree!

This book is destined to become a classic...
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on February 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son and I absolutely LOVE Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and I was thrilled when I saw this book at our library. I checked it out right away. Unfortunately, it lacks so much of what made the first book so delightful. The rhymes are not nearly as fluid as in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and as another reviewer says, it is confusing why Zero is the Hero of the apple tree. There are better counting books out there. Check it out from the libary first. You might like it, but I would recommend trying it out before you buy it. You won't want to waste your money.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
i luvd this buk. it was a gud buk. by this buk!i woodnt let momy put it doun or tak a breth. I wantd tu no wat hapend. it was fun tu reed and now i can cownt to one hundrd!

Hi, this is my youngest daughter's review. She loved this book. I'll try to decipher what she wrote, so it is understandable

"I loved this book. It was a good book. Buy this book! I wouldn't let mommy put it down or take a breath (how true). I wanted to know what happened. It was fun to read and now I can count to 100!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AB on June 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This really is a terrible terrible sequel to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom/ABC. Let me start by saying that if our toddler could rate books on a scale of 1-10, he'd probably give this one a solid 6. (I should also add that he doesn't have a very high bar when it comes to books. I doubt he would give any book less than a 5.) He recognizes the artwork and format, he likes numbers, and he seems to like the book OK. It would be unfair to expect him to enjoy any book as much as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (which he definitely would have given a 10), and that's not the problem.

The problem is that my wife and I, and even his babysitters and miscellaneous relatives, all find this book teeth-gnashingly painful to read. I'd find it hard to believe that anyone who was familiar with and enjoyed Chicka Chicka Boom Boom would NOT be extremely disappointed with this book. It just doesn't flow. It doesn't have rhythm. Our son doesn't sing along like he did with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom because it just doesn't have any hook to it at all.

It just seems hastily thrown together. I keep imagining the following conversation between a publishing exec and Bill Martin Jr. happening over lunch. "So, Bill, we were thinking maybe we should, you know, build on the CCBB franchise. Maybe a counting book, doesn't that sound great? No really really - let's give it a try... Now now, stop being so stubborn. Why don't you just write down some thoughts on this napkin and maybe it won't be so bad. ...Okay, done? Noooo, ha ha, stop being such a perfectionist - really I think that it's great! Just let me take that and I'll get Lois to draw up pics and I'll send you a royalty check soon. Awesome. Hey, you look great by the way. Ciao!"

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