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Title:
Boom Chicka Rock
Author:
Archambault, John.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) ; 29 cm
Summary:
Twelve mice that live in a cuckoo clock wander out to find birthday cake and have a party while Max the cat sleeps.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 82026.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 36920 Guided reading level: K.
ISBN:
9780399235870
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

From the co-author of the bestselling Chicka Chicka Boom Boom comes this adorable counting adventure for children of all ages! Suzanne Tanner Chitwood's colorful collage artwork features mischievous mice dancing through the story. Readers can count down the Congo Line and tally up the Tangoing, Tip-Toeing mice on every page, and learn about time, too!

A rollicking, rhythmic romp through the numbers. Read it out loud-it rocks.


Author Notes

John Archambault is a poet, a former journalist, a story-teller, a songwriter and a prolific author of children's books. Born in Pasadena, California, Mr. Archambault attended the University of California, Riverside, as well as Columbia Teachers College in New York City. He travels all over the country, speaking to children and teachers about the joys of reading, and has created six musical CD compilations with Youngheart Music. He has also written over a dozen books for children, often collaboarting with Bill Martin, Jr., as in the popular Chicka Chicka Boom Boom , for which he is best known. Mr. Archambault lives in Yorba Linda, California.

Suzanne Tanner Chitwood has had a passion for art ever since she was a little girl. A former elemenarty art teacher, she made her debut in children's books in 2002 with her picture book Wake Up, Big Barn! , which was praised for its unique torn-paper illustrations. Ms. Chitwood lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Unfortunately, this confusing counting book makes a weak companion to Archambault's now classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, co-authored with Bill Martin Jr. The repeated and infectious refrain-this time it's "Boom Chicka Rock, Chicka Rock, Chicka Boom!"-is engaging, but neither art nor text clarify the complicated plot and visual clues. Without explanation, the characters go by various names (Max the cat is sometimes called Lion, the mouse is sometimes Hour Number One); and only near the end of the book do readers discover that the 12 mice represent the hours on the clock ("Tomorrow can't begin/ Till every hour is home/ And every number's tucked in"). Because there is such variance between what the text describes and what the illustrations depict, it's almost as if Archambault and Chitwood (Wake Up, Big Barn!) are telling two different stories. For example, for mouse Number Eight's line, "Climb over the Lion before it's too late/ And jitterbug over to the Birthday Cake!," the illustration shows neither cat nor cake and depicts only two of the eight rodents as they gleefully ride inside sugar and cereal bowls with wheels. Nor does the body language of the mice indicate the dances mentioned at various points in the text. Despite some clever rhythms and wonderful collage compositions featuring expressive mouse characters, the plot of the story is so abstract that the inclusion of time seems to muddle rather than complement the counting rhyme. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-At night, mice wearing numbers emerge one by one from the kitchen clock. Ready to play, they prepare for a rollicking party with birthday cake served on the good china, but they have to be wary of Max the cat. Predictably, the feline awakens, with readers becoming aware of this fact before the rodents do. It is not clear why, but they must return to the clock by midnight, because "Tomorrow can't begin/Till every hour is home/And every number's tucked in," thus providing an element of suspense to the tale. The rollicking refrain-"Boom Chicka Rock, Chicka Rock, Chicka Boom!"-will have children moving to the rhythm, but at times the rhymes seem forced. Unfortunately, too many details clutter the text-the mice refer to Max by name and also as Lion. The numerous references to dances are fun-the Electric Slide, the Bunny Hop, Tango, Fandango-but again, complicate the verses. Chitwood's patterned collage illustrations are set against neutral backgrounds. They have an appealing textural quality and successfully convey the movement and drama of the story. There are echoes of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (S & S, 1989) here-with numbers instead of the alphabet, but this book lacks the earlier work's elegant simplicity.-Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.