|The Coconut Tree|
"A's Apple Above"
The Coconut Tree is the pilot for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Series). This is where the original book by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (illustrated by Lois Ehlert). The story is that the letter A (Alex) discovers coconuts sprouts in the tree he hangs out at. He meets up with his buddies, B (Becky) and C (Cody). The letters tell each other that they are going to meet on top of the coconut tree. This might be a good idea until the rest don't want to be left out. Will there be enough room? No, as the letters end up in a heap being in a huge pile after the tree breaks off.. The uppercase letters (Mamas and papas and uncles and aunts) rush to the pile. They help us the lowercase letters, dust off their pants, and help them feel better, fixing skinned knees and stubbed toes. After X Y and Z finally leave, night falls as a full moon comes up. A then sneaks out of bed and goes to climb up the tree again after fixing it.
One day, A goes to hang out under his trademark tree. However, upon reaching the location, he notices there's something in his tree... delicious fresh coconuts. He calls over his friends B and C. B then let's C know this was the tree A was talking about. None knew it was a coconut tree. A then tells B they are going to meet at the top of the coconut tree. B passes the message to C.
A told B, and B told C, "I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."
The letters climb it up. B comments how the coconuts are delicious, while C isn't that much of a sweet taster. For fun, C throws one off of the tree. This gets the attention of energic D. D wonders where this coconut came from before learning it came from a tree that letters are joining. Why would she leave out on the fun? D jumps and swings on a branch. E, F, and G arrive to see what she is doing. D lands on the ground and jumps on all three of them teasingly, daring them to try to beat her to the others.
"Whee!" said D to E, F; G, "I'll beat you to the top of the coconut tree."
E stops right between F and G. In swift movement, the three letters try to catch D. D jumps in the air, being the energic letter she is, and E, F, and G crash into each other. Since F was between E and G, the three slide right before a crash is heard. H hops over to see what happened. The letters, slightly hurt, continue to climb the tree, sort of mad at D. H thinks "Oh, they are climbing up a tree. Okay..." and walks up.
Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room? Here comes H up the coconut tree...
A starts to be concerned why I, J and K, are beginning to join him, B, C, D, E, F, G and H, as it was only supposed to be them. He didn't agree to this, but B said it would be fine as long as the others letters didn't climb up. But...they were. No one noticed I inching up. However, they noticed J pouncing on the tree, making it sag a little, causing one of the four coconuts to fall off. K walks to the two.
...and I and J and tag-along K, all on their way up the coconut tree.
I, J, and K settle in. Then more letters at a time began to join in. L, M, N, O and P walk to the tree and climb it up, causing it to start to bend.
Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room? Look who's coming! L, M, N, O; P!
As if this was more than enough, all of the letters wanted to be in the coconut tree to join altogether. Q, being the hyper pinkie letter, rushes across the field with R and S on her back. Q runs up the coconut tree. T, U; V and W join in, climbing from the opposite side. A coconut falls on T knocking him over as the tree bends more and more, starting to crack.
And Q, R; S! And T, U; V!
A is surprised about the overwhelming amount of popularity his tree gained all in one day. A peeks out, and was ready to see the whole alphabet up the tree as X rolled through the trunk, while Y flew up to the tree, and as for Z... She's the smart one. She did not want to climb up the tree noticing the dangers that could happen as the tree cracked more as soon as X and Y entered. She was right; The tree can't hold up to more than 23 letters as a time. That's from A to W. If either X, Y or Z climb up it, it will end in disaster.
Still more! W! And X, Y; Z! The whole alphabet up the -
The last two coconuts fall off. One rolls on the archy trunk and hits Z, causing her to fly in the air and land under the side the tree is sagging. And then...
The tree breaks off and the letters and flung in the air. Z looks in surprise and thinks "Ooh...they are flying!". A few seconds later, Z, not being a fan of being crushed, notices the letters and tree were falling under her and tries to run away. But the tree hits her side making her spin uncontrollably in the air. Gravity gets weird on her flinging her to the pile as the letters crash down, terrified, hurt, and clearly not amused (though Y and Q enjoyed the tumble, thinking it was a ride of fun, as Q says "WHOO! That was awesome! HA HA! Do it again!"). A could not believe the mess he and the other letters have gotten into. Why did the 23 other letters want to climb up? It was meant to be only him, B, and C.
Chicka chicka... BOOM! BOOM!
F was severely injured and needed help. In a loud cry, all of the capital letters run to the pile.
Skit skat skoodle doot. Flip flop flee. Everybody running to the coconut tree.
Half of the group of uppercase letters from are shown grabbing half of the group of their children, hugging them, and dusting off their pants.
Mamas and papas and uncles and aunts hug their little dears then dust their pants.
A, B, and C try to get out of the pile, but fails. "Help us up!", they cry. The uppercase A B and C then grab them and takes them away to help them.
"Help us up," cried A, B; C.
The first three, with their parents, topple over as D, not so energic, climbs out to the uppercase D putting a bandage on her knee. E, F, and G follow. E has a swollen appendage on his toe while F was given from the uppercase F a jaunty band-aid on her belly. G is out of breath and collapses, causing F, E, and D to unintentionally stack, too weak to move.
Next from the pileup: skinned-knee D, and stubbed-toe E, and patched-up F; then comes G all out of breath.
H topples them over as he comes out, with I stuck to him. J, K, and L (who has been knotted in the form of a bowtie) follow. H walks away with I having to follow. J and K break down into tears as the uppercase J hugs them and walks off with the little dears. L jumps away as M flips the whole pile over just trying to get out.
H is tangled up with I. J and K are about to cry. L is knotted like a tie.
M's legs get curled while N is leaned. O gets folded up making it impossible for him to roll.
M is looped. N is stooped. O is twisted; alley-oop. Skit skat skoodle doot. Flip flop flee.
M walks away while N helps O. P (with a black-eye) hops out while Q, R; S are helped up. T (with a loose tooth), who was leaning on U, gets upright and they wiggle-jiggle away as a quintet. T does indeed have the tooth fall out of his mouth by itself.
Look who's coming! It's black-eyed P, Q, R; S, and loose-tooth T...
U V and W then come out of the pile and jitter for no reason and wiggle-jiggle, free.
Then, U, V; W: wiggle-jiggle, free!
X chases V and W as Z slides Y away from the tree as the sun sets.
Last to come: X, Y; Z, and the sun goes down on the coconut tree...
It's midnight. The moon rises from the sky.
But - Chicka chicka boom boom! Look, there's a full moon.
Then out of nowhere, A somehow snuck out and begins to fix the tree to its earthy state. That's right; He wanted his tree back. A minute later, the tree is fixed and he starts to climb up, daring the other letters (from B to Z) to race as a call.
A is out of bed, and this is what he said, "Dare double dare you can't catch me. I'll beat you to the top of the coconut tree." Chicka chicka BOOM! BOOM!
A climbs up the tree and settles in to sleep for the night, as the other letters (from B to Z) joined up to him. The End.
- Alex A
- Becky B
- Cody C
- Dorothy D
- Ed E
- Fredrika F
- Gwen G
- Harry H
- Isadora I
- Jake J
- Katie K
- Lily L
- Monica M
- Natalie N
- Oscar O
- Paul P
- Quokonia Q
- Rebecca R
- Sam S
- Tommy T
- Ulysses U
- Vicky V
- William W
- Xavier X
- Yorkoto Y
- Zena Z
- Alex A's Dad
- Becky B's Mom
- Cody C's Uncle
- Jake J and Katie K's Mamas
- Natalie N's Uncle
- Rebecca R's Aunt
- Zena Z's Papa
Not made yet! D:
- This episode is the re-creation of an award winning picture book by Bill Martin Jr. John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert (Illustrator). This was shortened down to "Chicka chicka...BOOM! BOOM!" (The letters falling down) in a board book, "Chicka Chicka ABC". A sequel to this was made (Chicka Chicka 123) but that was it. Bill passed away a month later. May you rest in peace. :( Anyway, This book has over 2 million copies and is one of the most popular alphabet books ever. Great for kids that get tired of the classic ABC song.
- E (Ed), F (Fredrika), G (Gwen), T (Tommy), V (Vicky), Y (Yorkoto) and Z (Zena), when hurt by a few coconuts or a few of themselves, shout out "OOF!".
- When all the other letters fell down, U (Ulysses), V (except when hit on the head by Y) and W (William) did not get hurt.
- J (Jake) and K (Katie) weep a lot of tears as they were commented by someone else that they are babies, which is wrong.
- U V and W wiggle; jiggle quickly while X (Xavier) Y and Z follow them.