Chitty chitty bang bang flies again review

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chitty chitty bang bang flies again review

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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 -- featuring 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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Candlewick, Hoping to keep the wacky inventor occupied, Mrs. Tooting provides him with a beat-up old camper to restore, and her husband pops in a super-charged engine that he finds at a scrap lot and [End Page ] declares the upgraded camper the perfect vehicle to take on a worldwide vacation. With its new engine, though, the camper has its own itinerary in mind, and the Tootings' trip takes a few detours as their automobile transforms from camper to airplane to submarine while narrowly escaping the clutches of foreign governments and unseemly bank robbers, all of whom are interested in the car's amazing abilities. The details sound familiar because Boyce's modernized sequel to Ian Fleming's classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang faithfully reflects the elements of the original, and the nods to Fleming's book and the subsequent movie make this retread of the ultimate family road trip even more enjoyable.

Sign up for our newsletters! Unfortunately for Chitty, a magical car that can fly, its parts have been strewn all over the world and has laid unnoticed and disregarded for many years. The Tooting family is very surprised when Mr. Tooting announces that he has lost his job. There are many things he could do, like looking for another job, but his heart is set on a great adventure an adventure for the whole family. His loved ones include three precocious children: the baby, little Harry; Jem, the mechanical whiz; and Lucy, who loves only black and finds everyone and everything rather wearisome.

I an Fleming's estate has had a lot of experience of exploiting the characters under its control: along with the James Bond movies, there have been dozens of novels about Kingsley Amis wrote the first under a pseudonym just after Fleming's death; John Gardner wrote another 16 in the 80s. More recently, both Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver have had a go, while Charlie Higson has written five novels about Bond's schooldays. After the success of all these sequels, the Fleming estate has now branched out and commissioned a sequel to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang , the novel that Fleming wrote for his son in Their chosen writer, Frank Cottrell Boyce , is the author of several brilliant books for children. In his sequel, the only character who survives from Fleming's novel is the car itself; rather than the eccentric Caractacus Pott, his wife Mimsie and their children Jeremy and Jemima, Cottrell Boyce has created the Tootings, a modern, ordinary and very recognisable family: harried Dad, sensible Mum, grumpy Lucy, practical Jem and the baby, Little Harry. When Dad is fired and his company car is taken away, Mum buys a broken old camper van, which the family renovates using parts from a racing car which once belonged to the famous Count Zborowski.

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Thank you! Powering the decrepit camper van that Mr. 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 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.

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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. 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. I loved the film and the stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang so the idea of a follow up really appealed to me. The first thing I have to say about this book is how much fun it is. I grinned all the way through it and laughed so many times.

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