Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

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Buckle your seatbelt for the first-ever follow up to Ian Fleming's only children's story.

When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car . . . and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail — one who will stop at ...

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Overview

Buckle your seatbelt for the first-ever follow up to Ian Fleming's only children's story.

When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car . . . and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail — one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself.

Fueled by wry humor , this much-anticipated sequel to the children’s classic by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond — fe aturing a contemporary family and a camper van with a mind of its own — is driven by best-selling, award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce and revved up by Joe Berger’s black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Any sequel worth the name would require plenty of crackpot humor and absurd villains and a dose of magical realism, all of which happily burst from the pages of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG FLIES AGAIN, a novel for 9- to 12-year-olds that puts the famous racing car in a modern setting… A jolly good ride.
—Wall Street Journal

Sir Ian Fleming’s heirs, who have commissioned numerous James Bond sequels, turned to Boyce to continue Fleming’s 1964 story CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: THE MAGICAL CAR, and Boyce delivers... Berger adds comical artwork—he even sneaks in a diagram of Bond’s Aston Martin—creating a Chitty that any kid would be thrilled to own. This first volume in a planned trilogy is hilarious and endlessly entertaining.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Although the story is inventive and picturesque, with billionaire crooks, a visit to Madagascar, and a guest appearance on a French reality show called Car Stupide, most of the humor in this very funny novel is a result of the family’s interactions with one another. Berger’s lively cartoon illustrations depict each phase of Chitty’s reincarnation in loving detail and bring the resourceful Tootings to life... A witty sequel.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Publishers Weekly
Sir Ian Fleming’s heirs, who have commissioned numerous James Bond sequels, turned to Boyce (Cosmic) to continue Fleming’s 1964 story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, and Boyce delivers: this follow-up outshines the original. The only returning character is the car, and the book’s spirit (surreal craziness) is much closer to Roald Dahl’s 1968 screenplay than it is to Fleming’s novel. In place of Caractacus Potts and Co. are the Tootings, a modern, multiracial family with three children—Goth Lucy, practical Jem, and baby Harry. After Tom Tooting loses his job, his wife buys him a broken-down camper van, which he and Jem renovate, unknowingly fitting it with an engine from Count Zborowski’s famous racecar. Adventures ensue as the van takes the Tootings around the world to collect the rest of its lost parts; the story doesn’t end so much as set up the next installment. Berger adds comical artwork—he even sneaks in a diagram of Bond’s Aston Martin—creating a Chitty that any kid would be thrilled to own. This first volume in a planned trilogy is hilarious and endlessly entertaining. Ages 9–12. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Jody Little
This colorful adventure begins when the Tooting family purchases an old, beat-up camper van with the hopes of traveling the world and seeing the sights. Dad and son, Jem, set out to fix the van and soon they find an old engine which Dad decides to restore and put in the van. Soon the Tooting family is on their way to Paris when they are surprised to learn that their van can fly. The Tootings travel through the sky and land right on the top of the Eiffel Tower. Gradually, the Tooting family learns that their van has its own plans. It is determined to recover all its old parts and be restored to the once famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Chitty soon takes the Tootings to Egypt to see the Sphinx. There, they meet a lady who allows them to stay at the house of the mysterious Tiny Jack, a man who wants to buy their camper van. When the Tooting children are separated from their parents, the three siblings, Jem, Lucy and Little Harry, are left to save themselves and their beloved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Much like the famous movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, from the early 1960's, this story takes some time to develop. The beginning is filled with silly and unnecessary family conversations and antics, and it isn't until the family begins to travel that the series of cause and effect events begin to occur. The clever illustrations, however, add warmth and humor to the over-the-top characters and story. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The Tootings are your average 21st-century British nuclear family: there's Dad, recently laid off from his job assembling tiny things; Mum, who works at Unbeatable Motoring Bargains; Lucy, a teen always clad in black; Jem, who tries to keep his head down; and Little Harry, the youngest. To distract Dad, who suddenly has too much time on his hands and is driving everyone crazy, Mum brings home a decrepit pop-top 1966 camper van for him to fix up. When he and Jem find a giant old engine at a junkyard and install it in the vehicle, suddenly it has a mind of its own—not to mention a pair of green and chrome wings that may be familiar to some readers. Although the story is inventive and picturesque, with billionaire crooks, a visit to Madagascar, and a guest appearance on a French reality show called Car Stupide, most of the humor in this very funny novel is a result of the family's interactions with one another. Occasional British terms ("lift," "motorway"), while initially puzzling, are quickly made clear by the context. Berger's lively cartoon illustrations depict each phase of Chitty's reincarnation in loving detail and bring the resourceful Tootings to life. This witty sequel to Ian Fleming's 1964 novel stands on its own equally well—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Ian Fleming's strong-minded auto takes a new road trip, and if its passengers are largely just along for the ride, it's still a grand outing. Powering the decrepit camper van that Mr. Tooting is restoring with a massive engine that he finds in the branches of a tree turns out to be like "putting the heart of a Tyrannosaurus rex into a hamster." When he, his wife and their children, Lucy, Jeremy (Jem) and little Harry, climb aboard to take a spin, they find themselves not only roaring down back roads at terrifying speeds but soaring off over the Channel. Chitty, it soon becomes clear, has an agenda: It seems that its headlights have been repurposed atop the Eiffel Tower, its wheels are buried near the Sphinx and its body has somehow washed ashore in Madagascar. Along the way, Cottrell Boyce folds in winking references to the 1964 original and its author (including a certain heavily armed Aston Martin DB5 that James Bond fans will recognize). He also trots in strangely familiar would-be carnappers Tiny Jack and his unctuous but deadly Nanny, along with the odd giant squid or horde of poisonous spiders to keep the Tooting children on their toes. The book ends with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang back together, poised for further outings. Berger depicts the Tootings as a biracial family but otherwise adds to the tale's antique flavor with frequent, retro ink-and-wash drawings. The old racer's still good for another lap—and maybe more. (afterword). (Fantasy. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763663537
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Series: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 436,087
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of two novels for young readers that have been turned into films: Millions, winner of the Carnegie Medal, and Cosmic, which garnered six starred reviews. He is also the author, most recently, of The Unforgotten Coat. Frank Cottrell Boyce lives in England.

Joe Berger is an editorial cartoonist, animator, and illustrator. He has illustrated numerous books, including Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy. Joe Berger lives in England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Loved this book!

    It was cool and I think it was better than the movie.
    ...per a 10 year old reviewer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    The book is magical and wondrous when all the adventure start wi

    The book is magical and wondrous when all the adventure start with an old car being fixed.  I'm 9 and have seen the old movie and really liked it.
    I liked it because there are so many cool adventures to find all the cars' parts and some crazy things happen along the way.
    I liked it was a family with kids around my age.  It would be cool to have something like this happen in real life.  Read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Hey

    This book is probibly as good as the origanal book. The movie isgood too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Didn't like this book

    This book was very boring.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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