From the crackerjack creators of the hit Chicka Chicka Boom Boom comes this rambunctious follow-up about numbers! Brought dazzingly to life with Lois Ehlert's Caribbean-colored illustrations -- vibrant oranges, pinks, blues, and purples stand out against sharp white backgrounds -- Martin and Sampson's picture book finds a plethora of numbers climbing an apple tree for kicks. After 1, 2, and 3 race to the top, the numerals 5 through 20 follow suit with peppy shimmering and shaking sure to get any toddler's toes a-tappin'. If that's not enough numbers for the tree, "curvy 30" and "flat-foot 40" get into the game -- as do other numbers in increments of 10 -- ending with a triumphant 99. But what about poor 0, who's stuck at the bottom of the tree all the while, calling "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3... Will there be a place for me?" Things don't look promising for him until a swarm of bumblebees come to reclaim their home, leading to a finale that makes this numbers party the most tree-licious event of the season!
Recalling the popular feeling of its predecessor, this numbers book is a must-have for kids learning to count. The authors include endpages that feature all of the numerals 1-100, while the text's rhymes are smooth and fun, blending perfectly with Ehlert's artwork. Standing boring old counting books on their heads, Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 will put summery sunshine into read-alouds and book-sharing times. Matt Warner