- Unknown Binding: 155 pages
- Publisher: Signet #T3705 (Starline for Scholastic); First Signet Edition edition (1968)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000KK926S
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,987,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Unknown Binding – 1968
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The setting is England. As a first drive in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the family set out for Dover beach, intending to picnic there. They soon meet the back of a long traffic jam. Whereupon Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reveals the first of her special features and they fly to spend a happy day picnicing and playing on a sandbank in the middle of the English Channel.
The sandbank is the notorious Goodwin Sands. Disaster almost strikes when the tide comes in, but Chitty Chitty Bang Bang gets them out of trouble, taking them to the French coast. There they discover and explore a deep cave, which proves to be an ammunition dump used by Joe the Monster and his criminal gang. I won't spoil the story by telling you all that happens, but the fast-moving tale quickly takes us to Calais and then - through Jeremy and Jemima being kidnapped and taken there - Paris.Read more ›
It's not a non-stop action packed book, just note that. There are a few pictures, but not a lot. My boys have been sitting for long books since they were very young and we're blessed that they have patience for it, but I definitely speed up in parts and try out voices, read to them outside, etc. to keep it moving. Really, you could sum up the action pretty quickly, but the book is really a lot more than the action anyway. It's entering the world of these characters, getting to know them, journeying with them, and getting to watch a car turn into a boat or fly or make snide remarks through the dashboard! And it's great for the young children to create their own pictures in their heads. There are a few books after this first one, and my kids already are excited about reading those. And they ask me to read Chitty Chitty every day. I look forward to showing them the movie at some point too, so they can compare.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
FUn book to read for plot knowledge as my grandson was in the play.Published 2 days ago by Judith R. Shamp
Great kids adventure story! I loved it as a kid and my grandchildren loved it when I read it to them.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent story, written from the heart to delight young children! It's too bad MGM/Fox didn't make better use of the book characters in their movie;... Read morePublished 9 months ago by WILLIAM E REID
Same wonderful story but the new illustrations were not necessary. The previous illustrator captured the car perfectly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bono 1
Well I like it and great adventure
And great for young children also it used many disruptive word sentences. Definitely read #2
Without a doubt, one of the best childrens' books ever.
And as an adult, I just reread it, and it still one of the best, exciting books I have ever read. Mr. Read more