Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

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Have you ever read a book and wished there was more to the story? Some characters and stories are so fun that we wish they could last forever, that we could keep having adventures with them. I think that’s what Frank Cottrell Boyce was thinking when he wrote this book.

The original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by Ian Fleming in the 1960s. Mr. Fleming is most famous for creating super-spy James Bond. I read Fleming’s book last year. It reminded me a lot of Roald Dahl–a little goofy, a little wild, and definitely British. It is about a family who happen upon an amazing car, named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, leading to danger, adventure, and mystery.

Then came a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie, made by Disney in 1968. The movie was not much like the book. It had the some of the same characters, but the story was very different. Maybe it could be considered just another story in the life of this crazy car.

And now we have Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is yet another edition of the story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the magical car.

I liked the book. I think if you are a Roald Dahl fan, you should definitely read Ian Fleming’s book, and then this one. Mr. Boyce does a great job of capturing the slightly goofy style of the original book–it has an old-fashioned feel, despite being set in the present. He also leaves some great hints and tidbits for people who know what to look for. There are several references to Mr. Fleming’s story, including a certain French chocolate shop and a criminal relation. Mr. Boyce even sneaks in a nice tribute to James Bond.

This book is absolutely set up for a sequel. The end is not really the end. I expect Mr. Boyce will write it, but I think it would be fun if a bunch of different authors–particularly British authors (or American, or whatever!) who loved Chitty as kids–tried their hand at continuing the story of this fantastic car. That could be fun–kind of like The 39 Clues, except goofy, and with a flying car.

Mrs. B. doesn’t have the original Chitty in the library, but the public library has it. I’ve got a copy of this new one in Room 3.

Like cars? Looking for a little light humor and adventure? This book will give you plenty of both.

Keep reading!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

By Frank Cottrell Boyce

192 pages

Genre: Adventure, fantasy, comedy, goofy

Source: NetGalley, but then I won a copy on Goodreads!

On shelves March 13, 2012.

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