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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Unknown Binding – 1968

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
...I was so angry when I saw this new version that I sent off a letter to Random House, which I'll copy here since it clearly states my issue with the "new" version (and I also highly recommend that if you intend to purchase this book you find an "old" copy from the 60's):To Random House-I recently bought a few books I fondly remembered from my own childhood so I could introduce my friend's 9 year old grandson to some timeless classics. One of these books was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When the copy I ordered from amazon.com arrived I open the package in breathless anticipation only to quickly descend into horrified shock at what I saw before me. The beautifully illustrated book I so fondly remembered was gone and in its place was paper with print, a hard cover, and a few pathetic, poorly drawn cartoons that serve only to disfigure, in an unimaginable and horrific travesty of art sense, what was once a gloriously illustrated treasure....The beautiful, original John Burningham illustrations were an integral and ***irreplaceable*** part of this book and without them you've destroyed what was a perfect marriage of art and story. ... This reissue is a miserable failure and a nasty insult to the readers who will never experience the true joy of what was once a perfect book...Needless to say, this "new" copy is going in the garbage and I've ordered a used copy from 1964.
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Format: Paperback
Most films derived from books tell a story that is at least somewhat different from the book; the film of this book is even more different than most. In the book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has the same name, a similarly successful racing career brought to an early end by a crash, is re-built by inventor Caractapus Pott, who has children named Jeremy and Jemima, and is revealed to have magical properties, including the ability to fly. Sweets that double as tuneful whistles, and music and dance in the sweet factory also feature in both book and film, but Truly Scrumptious, the eccentric Grandfather, Baron Bomburst and Vulgaria appear only in the film. However, the children in the book do have a mother, Mimsie Pott.

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.
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My 4 and 7 year old boys and I love this book (and the 4-year-old just turned 4, so he was loving it as a 3-year-old too)! We are only half-way through it, but when I ordered it, I was hoping that it would deliver, and it has! I had never read anything by Ian Fleming before, but I was happy to see he has that wonderful narrative voice, similar to the Naria and Pooh books (as in, something like, my words, not his- "Now, you might be wondering how a car could make her thoughts known. Well, if you think about it, if you really set your mind to figuring it out, then you might..."...etc etc. --talking right to the reader as though the narrator and I know each other). He has the very long sentences (reminded me of Pooh also a bit), with fabulous punctuation (either his or the publisher's). So all of this makes it fun for me to read, in this delightful fantastical style. But then, you talk about a flying car, and bad guys, and guns, and a skeleton--my boys love it! A movie mentioning those things might scare them, but a book is manageable.

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.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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