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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763659827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763659820
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is back, traveling through time with the Tootings. They are connected to the present day via a "jelly phone" through which they learn that evil villains have set up shop in their home. Chitty is up to her usual tricks, leading the family through an adventure that flies by at an almost frenetic pace. Readers are slyly fed facts about the times and places the travelers visit, including 1920s New York City and the Amazon. On the adventure to find the Potts, Chitty's first family, they wind up in the mythical city of El Dorado, where, after being dissasembled and reassembled, the people gild Chitty, dubbing her Chitty Chitty Bling Bling. After a brief stint at home to tie up loose plot threads (evil villains included), the story ends with the Tootings stuck in London in 1966, clearly leaving the door open for another installment. Much of the story is told through dialogue. While the action-oriented plot might appeal to reluctant readers, they are likely to find it hard to comprehend who is doing all the talking as the family races through time. Characters and plot points don't feel fully fleshed out, which contributes to the frenzied feel. Fun, but not a core purchase.-Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MNα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Following Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again (2012)—Boyce’s authorized first sequel to Ian Fleming’s 1964 original title—the Tooting family’s adventures with their time-traveling, tricked-out, sometimes capricious automobile continue, beginning with car trouble in a prehistoric jungle. Escaping bloodthirsty T. rexes is one thing, but returning to their present-day British home becomes extra-urgent upon learning villainous Tiny Jack and his henchwoman, Nanny, have appropriated their abode, with nefarious plans afoot. But getting back’s filled with narrow escapes and escapades through history, including a bullet-whizzing car chase with hooch-patrolling police in 1920s New York. With time dwindling to save the world from Tiny Jack, past and present collide with unexpected results. Featuring a near-dizzying array of characters—including a reunion with suave first Chitty owner Mr. Zborowski—and events, from car races to kidnapping to run-ins with anacondas, this is a lively, entertaining read that those familiar with the previous title will especially enjoy. Digitally rendered, cartoonish illustrations add retro flair. Grades 3-6. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ChristieK on March 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are certain books where an author died mid-story and someone else picked up the notes and attempted to finish things, trying to stay true to the original voice and style. Sometimes this works (Dorothy Sayers and Jill Patton Walsh's Thrones, Dominations), and sometimes it doesn't (the appalling "sequel" to Gone with the Wind).

This is not one of the situations where it works, unfortunately. Ian Fleming is a tough act to follow, as is proved here. I got through this, but only just. I love the first book in the series, enjoyed the second, but this one I'd just leave on the shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William B. Pratt on July 15, 2013
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Ian Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1964. In it, his character, Commander Pott gave some advice that James Bond would have heartily endorsed: "Never say `no' to adventures. Always say `yes'. Otherwise you'll lead a dull life."

Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of the new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time, has taken Commander Pott's advice. His latest sequel is laced with one adventure after another.

The Tooting family, driving the sleek, elegant Chitty Chitty, pulls the Chronojuster. Wow! Time travel begins, and we are swept back to the Age of Dinosaurs, navigating the world of Tyrannosaurus Rex. The adventure continues to the 1920s in New York City where 12-year-old Jem Tooting outdrives the police while we are along for the ride. The Tootings meet Count Zborowski, inventor of the race car that was converted by Commander Pott into Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

If that is not enough adventure in one family's life, they go to the Amazon where they meet two Queens and their people who own Eldorado, City of Gold. People were always coming to steal their gold, but Lucy Tooting changed all that by making fudge from a recipe found in Chitty Chitty's log book that moved the people of Eldorado from a gold-based economy to a fudge-based economy. As young Lucy says "is loads better. In a fudge-based economy, no one ever has to be poor. In a gold-based economy, you can run out of gold. In the fudge-based economy, if you run out of fudge-make some more fudge. Your stress is at an end."

Goldfinger is defeated again.

Oh, there are so many more adventures that you will discover when you read this exciting tale, but it is important to remember that behind all of this is a mission comparable to James Bond's--to save the world from a supervillain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By simpson sherryway on April 5, 2013
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This series is about the spiritual and emotional relationship between really fun characters though a structured adventure. I hope that it continues to pay off, that there are future books leading to a conclusion.
Without a doubt the humor is the book's best selling point as I said in my review of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. In this review I would like to add how cohesive is the series.
Having enjoyed the characters and whimsical adventure in Boyce's first book, I was prepared to continue along for another. Why not? Fun!
What surprised me in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time was the relationship between clues in the first chapters about the Tooting family in "CCBB Flies Again" and the stunning cliffhanger ending here. Mr. Boyce is not just recalling the magic of the original Flemming book by attaching a few more. His plot is really building. Foreshadowing? I read fantasies. Even the great ones don't have foreshadowing! (Well, Harry Potter a little maybe, at least we thought so.) For this reason I say that this is a great series for a parent to read with a child. Show them how books hold together to teach them to read and think. Look for the hints of what is coming next. Point them out to your children. When the relationship between Tiny Jack and Red is revealed, well, WOW!
Lucy and Jem mature through the experiences.
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By J Smith on February 18, 2014
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This book is amazing. It's about a flying car that travels in time. I could not put it down for days. Once I was reading it until 10pm. That's why this book is amazing.
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By LightningStar on May 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really like the book because I felt like I was part of the Tooting's family's adventure; sharing their experience. I have read every book. :-)
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