A), 3 (Chicka Chicka Book, 2, Chicka Chicka 1

By Bill Martin Jr.

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Readers` Reviews

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alex templeton
Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 is a good counting book, not quite as catchy as the alphabet version. I'd buy this book simply for the color-coded 1-100 section on the inside back cover. I find that part more effective than the book itself. My two kids (4 & 5) both learned to count to 100 with it. They didn't quite catch on to the book portion because it just counts by 10's, but they did still like it. Actually seeing the numbers all written out and separated by color made it click. The first thing they do with this book is flip to the back and compete to see who can count to 100 the fastest. The book reading always comes second.
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fiona callaghan
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a fun light story... where chicka chicka 1 2 3 is more like they needed to meet a deadline for something. Doesn't really rhyme and def not as well written. I'd stick with Boom Boom and get something else for numbers.
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Our 2 year old loves this book! We bought this with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. She already knows how to count to 10 but this book is great for learning to count to 100!!! She thumbs through it now without it being read to her and looks at all the numbers. I highly recommend this book!
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heba abdulaziz
Based on our love for "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and the positive the store reviews for this book, I ordered "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3" for my almost 3 year old to add to the excitement of learning numbers/counting. I found this book to be too chaotic to read and for either one of us to look for the numbers to point out at the same time. The numbers appear out of order/jumbled on the pages and then starts counting by 10's, then in reverse, then jumps to 100 and then "0" is the hero? What? On the page where the numbers are all tangled up after the fall, they are so tangled that they are almost unrecognizable. Super disappointed in this book. It's also physically huge which is not a problem, but not something I was expecting.
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tami sutcliffe
My (then 14 month old) son loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I think it was a major contributor to his early understanding of the alphabet. I was excited to see "1,2,3" but it is not as good. It is clunky to read, a little confusing when numbers are left out, and reminds me of the children's videos that are geared more toward adults. It is still a good visual tool, just not as fun to read aloud, so it seems more like a lesson.
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peter dudley
A great book if your children are into numbers. Our son loves to count to 100 several times throughout the day, so this book caught his attention. I just read it to him again as soon as he woke up this morning.
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iva cikojevic
My granddaughter loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom so this was a natural choice to give her for her birthday. She gets her number puzzle pieces out and matches the pieces to the numbers on the pages. A great book to help re-enforce learning to count.
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My 4 year old has loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and we purchased this book in addition hoping she'd enjoy it just as much. She does! It has the same kind of feel as the original only with numbers instead of letters.
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jennifer hackett
This book is full of energy, the vibrant colors keep the children interested as well as the rhymes. My youngest students can sit through the book even though it's twice as long as what they are used to listening to.
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Like others, my two toddlers love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It is a wonderful alphabet learning book so I was excited to see this book in the library. I was happy that I borrowed it and didn't buy it. I thought this 123 book was trying too hard and didn't have the same cute, simple, rhythmic flow to it. It has an odd plot line that the kids just didn't follow about the number 0 wanting to fit in with the other numbers. Instead of teaching kids that 0 stands for a nil value, they make the zero turn 10 into 100. Plus, they started counting by 10s part way through the book, presumably to satisfy their odd plot line, which really doesn't make much sense to young children. The original is a legend, but don't waste your time on this one.
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aimee morse
I was looking through our book collection when I came across this book. Having loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, this was added to my must read list.

This book is really cute. It goes through all of the numbers. Zero, however, is left alone. As the numbers are climbing the apple tree, he feels he does have not a place to go.

I find this book to be a great read. Filled with rhymes, colorful illustrations and overall appealing to kids. I have read it to many kids and they all like it.

While I loved this book and would highly recommend it, there is something about it that did not measure up to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

This is a great book. I have yet to meet a child who did not enjoy it.
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Nothing against the seller, the book arrived perfect and fast but I hate the story! It is so clunky, it's not easy to read in a singing type fashion like boom-boom. And it's long. Furthermore (and yes, I'm knit picking) but we're beekeepers and this book encourages fear of bees. We certainly don't want our child to think that our bees are going to come get him if he goes near a tree (ironically, the closest tree to his playset is an apple tree). I've actually hidden this book because I dislike reading it compared to others in my child's collection.
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I'm far from an expert on literature, but if you read this book aloud, it's immediately obvious how awkward the writing sounds. It isn't that the rhymes don't work, but the rhythm/flow of the words is spectacularly bad. My daughter doesn't seem to care about this, it's only the adult reading with her that seems to suffer. It's like nails screeching down a chalkboard when one phrase sets a clear rhythm and then the next dashes your expectations with a of jumble words that flow like a car in stop and go traffic.

Also, I get that the book tries to have a positive message with 0 starting with doubts but is able to overcome them and achieve positive outcome by joining with 10, but the plot makes absolutely no sense! Why couldn't 0 climb the tree initially like everyone else? Why do the bumblebees suddenly leave after 0 and 10 merge? Shouldn't they continue being territorial? It makes literally no sense.
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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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I got this for my son when he was around 3. He loved it even more than the ABC version. This is the book he always wanted me to read. I loved the inside of the back cover. It has the numbers to 100. I liked this part of the book. Not only would he count to 100 every time we read this book. But I liked it because the numbers are color coded. Each set of 10 has a different color. It makes it easy for young ones to visually see that numbers are in series of 10. I used this as a guide in alot of his early math. In all the number charts I've seen I havent seen it like this. For that reason alone it is worth the money. My son is 7 now and still enjoys the book. Not for the sing-song rythm of the book anymore but just because he has always had this as a favorite.
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My four year old Godson got Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)as a gift from his Pre-K teacher. He loves the book and how the different numbers look. The sing-song rhyme is a big hit too. Not too long after getting the book and it being read to him he could recite most of the book to anyone who would listen. Don't worry he can read parts of it too.
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tanya counter
This would be a good book for all the little children. For them to start learning how to count. The children would enjoy this book because in the end, all the numbers fall down the tree. I enjoyed this book when I was little.

-Jamie Vue-
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abhishek shandilya
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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danielle kreinik
Dated, sure, but the illustrations and liveliness of the text more than make up. Bill Martin is (was?) a genius in writing children's books - see 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear...' by Eric Carle and Bill Martin, and then see 'The Grouchy Ladybug' with only Eric Carle. You'll see what I'm talking about.
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This book completely lacks the charm of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. The rhymes are forced and the plot does not quite make sense. Numbers one to twenty climb an apple tree then the counting becomes increments of ten. Meanwhile a zero is floating around and eventually becomes part of 100 and is the hero (why??). Bees chase the numbers out of the tree in decending order.

I'm very glad I previewed this book at the library before I wasted money on it. My kids love the original but were not taken with this book at all.
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dave malone
I absolutely love this book! We used this book for teaching numbers before the alphabet in the original Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, so not being like the original was not a problem. I love the fact that inside the cover has all of the numbers 0-20, and the back cover has 0-100. My daughter is 2 years old and is already counting to twenty because of this book! She loves the fact that she has to search for zero (she also likes I Spy's for beginners).
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alyssa pohlman
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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joel nunez
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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s robinson
Our five year old son is autistic with low verbal skills. He will sit and read this book with us over and over again. He loves to recite the numbers and enthusiastically reads the text. This is a great book for learning to count.
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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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katelynn ward koenen
These Chicka Chicka books really hit a nerve with my son. He often goes around the house saying Chicka Chicka. My three year old has nearly learned to count to 100 with this book. And I'm far from one of those crazy flash card, you have to learn this to get into MIT parents.

Kids need to learn through playing and fun and this is it.
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