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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Ian Fleming's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is a timeless classic for young readers and those who are young-at-heart. Saved from the wrecker yard by the Pott family and restored by eccentric Professor Caractacus Pott (Crackpot), the car displays a number of unique, very useful functions when the family embarks on their summer adventures. It is through the intervention of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" that Professor and Mrs. Pott (Mimsie), and the twins Jeremy and Jemima are able to thwart some notorious criminals.

Filled with subtle humor and the cleverly disguised presentation of information, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is an entertaining book to read or to read aloud. British terms, e.g. bonnet for hood, and driving "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" on the left side of the road may confuse young readers, but that should not prevent them from enjoying the story. Illustrations are very much in the vein of those found in graphic novels. Individuals who are looking for more detailed and finely drawn pictures may want to consider purchasing older, used versions of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is definitely five-star fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2013
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Loved it when I was little, and it's still a great light read. I agree with the other reviewers, I like the original illustrations better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It's sort of a shame that this book has fallen off the kids-lit radar, (look at how old the reviews are, and how they default to the movie version). It has a solid, basic premise, it has resourceful, alert kids, it has helpful supportive parents and it is well-written for an early young reader. It's full of danger! and adventure! without being truly scary. It's very satisfying for a younger reader to follow the plot and the development of the story. Vocabulary is at a good level. Siblings cooperate and problem solve. It's short enough to not overlabor the premise, but long enough to be "a real book". Oh, and it's fun.

So, is it a life-changing classic? Well, no. But, if you run across a copy of this somewhere, it would be a happy read and a worthwhile addition to your kids library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've loved the movie since I was a child, but I never knew that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was originally a book! I'll say it up front - it's much, much better than the movie, and without that freaky child-catcher that scares my own small children.

I used it as a read aloud with an assortment of kids - 10, 7, 5, 2, and it was joyfully received by them all. I did some on the fly verbal editing out of the genie references and just called Chitty a special car (based on our spiritual convictions), but this wasn't hard to do. The book isn't too long, so it makes for a very manageable, yet exciting read aloud. Every chapter is a cliffhanger and my children always begged for more.

Awesome reading, highly enjoyable - my children were sad when we finished.
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VINE VOICEon October 17, 2013
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the Ultimate Magical Car, looking out for her people in all kinds of fabulous adventures.

Having never seen the movie, I was unable to make comparisons; also, I had not seen the original drawings, which have been negatively described. I cared about neither. I was just enthralled.

As would a rescued dog, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang shows her appreciation for having been rescued by the inventor, Mr. Pott. He and his wife are open-minded, lovely people who support their children's sense for fun.

This book is full of action, and great for young kids. No vampires, no bullying: just a lot of fun.

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of Ian Flemings best stories only since it's written for kids few know about it. All it really needed was a set of good illustrations and good layout to make it a highly accessible children's book.

The story is takes place around 1910 so it requires a little explanation for kids since it uses terms like motorcar. It's a very easy story to get caught up in along with the kids just to see how the Potts family fares. Also, there is a lot of fun with mechanics and a toymaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
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I read the book after seeing the movie again ( one of my favorites as a boy), and feeling horribly disillusioned that I'd missed a key part of the movie when I first saw it---Disney's car doesn't really fly or go on the water. In the movie, the magic of the car is all in the tale Mr. Potts spins for his kids and Truly. But here, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang IS a true car of mystery, good enough for Ian Fleming's other creation, James Bond. Mr. Potts doesn't understand what the buttons on his refurbished car's dashboard do--and they do some pretty wonderful things.

One of the challenges with reading this book is re-setting the story from the 1920's (Disney) to a much later date. The other for me was the illustrations, which ought to have been more mysterious. Apparently digital, the illustrations did nothing to add to the story for me--instead I found myself willing myself to not look at them and get them connected in my mind with the story.

It would make a great read-aloud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
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The Kindle edition I bought today has a good selection of illustrations and is Whispersynced to an excellent Audible edition read by David Tennent of Doctor Who fame and a lovely voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2013
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I'm nine years old and picked this book for a school book report. I thought this book was filled with adventure, plenty of action, and funny. It was a good read and kept me interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My first exposure to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was the movie with Dick van Dyke. I saw this at Radio City Music Hall when I was 13 and was thoroughly entranced with the story. It wasn't until many years later, when I had a young son of my own, that I discovered the book and was enchanted all over again, even though the movie clearly diverged significantly from the book. No matter, I love them both.

I recall reading sections of the book to my son's third-grade class and the kids were delighted by a flying car with a button that lit up "Push, Idiot!". Along the way I seem to have lost that copy. I recently saw the movie again, and was prompted to obtain another copy of the book. I was very thankful for the Amazon reviewers of the 1970s paperback edition who decried the lack of the wonderful John Burmingham illustrations there. If you want the book, get this edition and share it with a child.
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