Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. In fact, if you’ve read it once, you’ve probably read it a million times. Even now, some 15 years after my final heartfelt performance, I can still recite the book (mostly) by heart.
Chicka is designed to teach young children the alphabet. The plot (spoiler alert!) is thus: The letter “a” challenges “b” and “c” to meet him “at the top of the coconut tree.” That’s followed by a stampede of the other 23 letters racing up the tree. Soon, as you might expect, they all come crashing down. Consonants are bruised. Vowels are maimed. Many phonemes will never be the same.
On August 10 Google unexpectedly announced that it was reorganizing itself under an umbrella company called Alphabet. Mind you, this was an act that involved moving boxes around on a piece of paper and assigning new names to old projects. It wasn’t quite the invention of a time machine, or even a Romulan cloaking device.
Though, given the stampede up the coconut tree, it might have been.