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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I liked the book especially the part where he was going to Paris and attacked by a big squid and it was fun.Published 14 days ago by Krystyna Davila
didn't even know that the sequels existed .... although written for kids, I enjoyed it ! bought as a giftPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer