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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again Hardcover – March 13, 2012


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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763659578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763659578
  • ASIN: 0763659576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Best Books of the Month for Kids, March 2012: “Tooting family, we are ready to go. The word today is adventure.” In a follow-up every bit as original as the book that inspired it, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again follows the Tooting family on a wild ride from the heights of Paris to the sands of Egypt. Best-selling author Frank Cottrell Boyce has created a funny modern family on the kind of road trip that can only come from a 1966 camper van with a mind of its own and the engine of a long lost racecar. From father-son bonding over mysterious junkyard treasure, to hair-raising escapes, and pancake stands in the desert--there is something here for most every reader. A perfect book for family time or for middle grade readers to enjoy on their own, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again deserves a place of honor alongside Ian Fleming’s children’s book classic. --Seira Wilson

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Gr 3-6-To keep Dad busy after he's been laid off, Mum gets him an old camper van to fix. But when the family visits the junkyard looking for parts, they strike flying, floating automotive gold. An inventive and picturesque family story, as full of heart and humor as the original.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Terrific adventure and terrible suspense.
NC
Parents and grandparents buy children's books because they hope that kids will enjoy them.
David Crumm
Choose this book to read aloud at bedtime.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a journalist, I'm fascinated with 20th century history and I was hooked on this officially commissioned sequel to Ian Fleming's classic children's story the moment I discovered all the careful attention to details about Count Louis Zborowski. If you have your well-thumbed original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from half a century ago still on the shelf, pull it down and you will find a credit to Zborowski in that book, too. But that one reference in the original was precious little credit for a very real, if tragic, figure who wound up giving the world so much fun and fanciful dreaming (with Fleming's help). Zborowski was born in 1895 as one of the heirs to the Astor fortune and, before he hit a tree and ended his life at age 29, he had international success on the racing circuit by building racecars around airplane engines. He liked to call his creations Chitty Bang Bang (with just one Chitty in the name; Fleming added the poetic symmetry). On this side of the Atlantic, Zborowski competed in the 1923 Indianapolis 500. As a little boy, Fleming once saw the dashing Zborowski race at Brooklands, which itself is packed with racing and aeronautical history. That's why Fleming centered the tales he originally told to his own son around his own indelible childhood image.

The point is: Ian Fleming, throughout his life, had lots of fun connecting all sorts of dots in his fiction. He was a famous journalist himself, chiefly as what we would call the foreign editor of The Sunday Times in London.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I love Fleming's original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book and have read it several times. as a kid and as read-alouds to my own kids. It's always been a favourite. I've never been much of a fan of the movie, though, probably because of the drastic changes to plot. I don't usually read these kind of sequels to classic books but this was commissioned by the Fleming estate and Fleming did only write the one book, so I decided to try this and see if it recaptured the magic of the original.

It certainly did! I was particularly amused throughout the book.Mr. Boyce has done a very good job of maintaining the voice and atmosphere of the original while making the story completely his own. This story takes place in modern times and involves the putting back together of the original Chitty car, which all starts with the Tootings family finding the engine and installing it in their Camping Van. At this point, Chitty is able to take over the van and drives (or flies) the van all over the world (namely 'Paris, Cairo and below the ocean.) The book is also very British, with spellings, word usage, slangs and humour. A delightful little story which has a bit of a slow beginning but gets better and better until the wonderful ending, which leaves us expecting a sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NC on April 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! Better even than the original! Terrific adventure and terrible suspense. And most important lots of laughs. Delightful illustrations with a multiracial family. This is a must read. I will buy multiple copies for my library so that everyone will get a chance to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again because it was funny and exciting at the same time. It was a little scary sometimes, but I still loved it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I simply cannot think of a better book to use as a family or class read aloud than Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. It is relentlessly entertaining, funny, nostalgic, and original all at the same time. The author writes with an energetic wit, and strikes a perfect balance between adventure and humor that will keep the pages turning with ease, and have kids screaming for just one more chapter.

This time around, we get to meet the Tooting family as they discover that their newly restored Camper Van is more than it appears. It's funny seeing these characters receive a contemporary twist, from Dad Tooting who loses his job and starts inventing things that are driving his family crazy; to Lucy, the fifteen year old who loves tragedy and paints everything black; Jem, who is much more brilliant than he thinks he is; and finally Baby Harry, who manages to save the whole lot of them on more than one occasion. Oh, and we musn't forget Mum, who is always in control and knows just how to handle her rather eccentric family.

This is just a lovely read, and a more than worthy successor to Fleming's original. The ending is left open, so I can only hope that a series is coming. Chitty travels to Cairo and Paris in this installment, so who knows where the Tootings could be headed next? (Actually, we do know, but I wouldn't want to spoil the fun). Chitty has found a vibrant, exciting new voice and I for one am very glad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By simpson sherryway on April 2, 2013
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Choose this book to read aloud at bedtime. Sharing a book that both of us were enjoying was my favorite part of parenting. My kids knew that the time spent together inside the story wasn't a parental obligation; it was a joy. I'm an empty nester now and wish I had someone to share this with. The humor is great for all ages. I laughed out loud. Very rarely does a book create the kind of humor that makes me laugh out loud but this book did. Are there other kid's books with running gags? Maybe a little in the Natterjack's patter in Eager's The Time Garden. I guess Golding in the Princess Bride with the Morgenstern comments (to the extent you can consider The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure a children's book). Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang does it. (Please comment if you know other examples.)But believe me, Mr. Boyce deserves credit for doing something out of the ordinary here. The running gags that sparkle throughout this book make it stand out in a spectacular way. Also special is the relationship between parents and children in this adventure. Sometimes I think some secret writers guild requires an oath from members to only write about broken families. Make him and orphan, or have a single parent, divorced, separated or widowed, every once in a while a step parent. I am sick of terminally ill parents being saved by magic. I liked that Fleming in the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang made a shared adventure for an intact family and was impressed that Boyce did so too.
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