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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #1)

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Buckle your seatbelt for the first-ever follow up to Ian Fleming’s only children’s story.

When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car . . . and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Candlewick (first published 2011)
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Brenda
In 1967 one of my favorite Christmas presents was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming. I loved the Potts. I loved the whistling sweets. I thought Joe the Monster and his gang were terribly wonderful crooks. And of course, I loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with "her first two CHITTY sneezes and the two soft BANGS, the bangs ran on and into each other so as to make a delicious purring rumble." I thought her amazing dashboard with knobs that glow and flash urgently as the need arose had just the...more
Adam
I don't usually post reviews directly on Goodreads, but I won a copy of this book, so I'll post both here and on the TMCE Guys Read Blog:

Have you ever read a book and wished there was more to the story? Some characters and stories are so fun that we wish they could last forever, that we could keep having adventures with them. I think that’s what Frank Cottrell Boyce was thinking when he wrote this book.

The original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by Ian Fleming in the 1960s. Mr. Fleming is m...more
Ms. Yingling

The Tooting family finds itself in a position that many families are experiencing these days-- the father has lost his job. Since he is clever and upbeat, he has decided this is an Opportunity and takes to unemployment with a flourish, but his family decides he needs a project. They get an old camper van which the mother thinks can't possibly be fixed, and tell the father that when it is fixed, they will travel around the world. Of course, he does fix it, so Jem, Lucy, little Harry and the paren...more
VaultOfBooks
By Frank Cottrell Boyce. Grade A.
Everyone’s favorite flying car shifts into another dimension as the intrepid Tooting family zooms back and forth through time.
When the Tootings return to Zobrowski Terrace at the end of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, they find that “home” is looking a lot like Jurassic Park. But this is no theme park — a very real and very hungry T- rex is charging them! Thanks to Dad’s inadvertent yanking of Chitty’s “Chronojuster” lever, the spirited car has ushered them...more
Faith Hough
I'm a big fan of the original Chitty and a big fan of Frank Cottrell Boyce, so I went into mild raptures when I saw this at my local bookstore a few days ago.
I read it in a few sittings, and it was just as good, if not better, than I expected. I can't wait to read the original and this new sequel aloud to my kids.
Eboni
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I think that this book is a funny book. This book is about a family that owns an old camper van that broke down because of its engine. The family finds a new engine and puts it in their car. when they put it in they start the car and they put it on drive and they notice instead of the car driving it starts to fly. hey travel all around the world showing off their car. The go to Paris, The Pyramids(Egypt)The Desert, and India. Everybody that saw the car stood in a line to get a tour in the car. I...more
Debra
What fun! When the father of the household loses his job, he needs something to occupy his time. He buys a camper van from the 60s and decides to disassemble it and restore it so that he can take the family on trips to faraway places of their dreams. But the reassembled camper has other ideas. A series of adventures ensues and you discover that there is a reason for each strange diversion.

The family is presented in a very positive way, especially the father. The children are all very resourcefu...more
Becky
I have never seen, watched or read the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I've seen the odd tv clip and song played but not enough to really know what it is about. And to be honest I've never been that bothered to find out.
However, I got sent a Proof copy of this book from my librarian and I knew straight away that I would read it, purely because it is by Frank Cottrell Boyce - the man is a genius and I love his work so I couldn't resist.
This is aimed at the sort of 9+ age, and you can tell it's...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I love Fleming's original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book and have read it several times. as a kid and as read-alouds to my own kids. It's always been a favourite. I've never been much of a fan of the movie, though, probably because of the drastic changes to plot. I don't usually read these kind of sequels to classic books but this was commissioned by the Fleming estate and Fleming did only write the one book, so I decided to try this and see if it recaptured the magic of the or...more
Kim
Who better than Frank Cottrell Boyce to write the continuing story of Ian Fleming's 1964 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? This time, a contemporary family of five called the Tootings are on the receiving end of Chitty's love of adventure. Dad, recently laid off from the Very Small Parts for Very Big Machines Company, is at loose ends. After his efforts at home improvement are a flop, Mom brings home an old 1966 camper for him to restore. Together, he and Jem get it running again, but things really start...more
Marcie
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Ms.Gaye
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again is the first of three books about this famous car. Haven’t read Ian Fleming’s original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Don’t worry. This book stands on its own.
The Tootings have 3 children – 15-year-old Lucy, who dresses completely in black and likes to spend a lot of time in her room; Jem, a good mechanic and the middle child; and Little Harry, who hates to be strapped into his car seat. After Jem and his dad refurbish the “bucket of rust in the shape of a van”, the...more
Tasha
Take a lively ride in the first follow-up to the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book by Ian Fleming. The Tooting family have hit hard times, Mr. Tooting has lost his job. But they don’t stay down hearted for long, deciding that they should take a trip around the world. Mrs. Tooting brings home a very old and worn camping van that Mr. Tooting and Jem slowly rebuild together after taking it entirely apart. When they go looking for parts at a local junkyard, they discover an amazing racing engine...more
Vidya Tiru
My take: I loved this book. I did not realize till I found this on NetGalley as a digital ARC that the first Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by Ian Fleming – his only children’s book. I have seen the movie (which, I have heard, is very different from the book) and now plan to read that book as well.

In this story, Chitty begins her life with the Tootings as just her engine. The Tootings are a charming, energetic, modern family – a mix of wonderful characters - cheerful and optimistic dad, ca...more
Iain Robertson
This could be regarded as the sequel to Ian Fleming’s novel. This time however Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a van made from old scraps of other vehicles, such as an engine found in a tree in a scrap yard and an awning that allows Chitty to fly, that somehow gives the van a magical edge. Put together by the Tooting family during the school summer holidays, they subsequently take-off (literally) on an adventure that includes flying across the Channel to France and having various adventures on the Ei...more
Joella www.cinjoella.com
I have never read the book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. However, I did love the movie when I was younger. And I still find myself singing the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang song whenever I hear people talk about the book. So when I heard about this book, I decided I needed to read it.

The Tooting family has an opportunity to go on an adventure. Mum bought an old camper van that Dad and Jem fixed up. But when they fixed it up Dad put in an old engine that he found at a scrap yard. And the engine starts to ma...more
Kerry
I have to admit, I'm a little fuzzy in my memories of the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I vaguely recall seeing the movie, and I'm not even sure if I read the original story by Ian Fleming. But I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this modern day sequel to the original 1964 classic. All three Tootings children, Lucy, Jem, and Little Harry, as well as their parents, were well drawn out and entertaining. After Dad loses his job, he really needs an outlet to nurture his creative side (otherwise a...more
Michelle E. Kobus
[I received my copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads giveaway program.]

Normally, I'm a fan of young-ish readers literature, but I've got to say that this one was a bit disappointing. I've never read the original book, so I don't have anything to compare it to in that sense (I've seen the movie, but, as the intro to the book says, the original book and movie don't have much in common anyway, so...), but I've read a lot of other children's books, and this one didn't seem like it...more
Chris Go
While parts of this book are brilliant, so much of it is just wrong. Sadly, I think it just needed some better editing.

I know the book is essentially about a camper van that can fly, but there is so much more where it got more difficult to believe. Little things about day to day life do matter when you want your reader to believe big things like flying cars. The best example I can give is that on the first 24 hours of the father's unemployment he manages to fix too many things. Even if you are t...more
Sarah Sammis
Before starting in on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce , read the introduction. Boyce explains why he wrote this sequel and why he wrote it the way he did. Boyce, like I think many people of our generation, saw the movie before reading the book, and was shocked by how little the movie resembled Ian Fleming's book. The only thing the book and the movie agreed on was the make of the car and the fact that it could fly of its own accord.

Boyce goes one further — deciding th...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Jem’s Dad loses his job and starts to make various ” improvements” around the house. He’s clever…ingenius even…but dangerous! (“That’s all part of the fun of it!” He smiled and wiped the blood away. “The word today is fun.”) When his inventions threaten to injure or maim the family his wife brings home an old VW camper that needs an overhaul. This keeps Mr. Tooting in the garage and OUT of the house.

Lucy: “He’s got to be stopped. You said so yourself. And that’s what the camper van’s for. It’s a...more
Aleeshas2
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flies again' is a sequel to the well known book by Ian Flemings.
Why did I pick up this book? Who knows, but I do not regret it
I love children's book , their so fun and good to read. When I opened the book the first chapter has already put a smile on my face . This book is soo adorable and cute! The characters were so fun, different and just plain lovable. No matter how old you are you would enjoy this book. It is an easy read and being a children's novel does not requir...more
M.
Funny sequel to the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The characters, including the car, have great personalities, over the top but so is the humor. The Topping Family acquires an old VW camper van (not by name, but many of us remember them). It's in terrible shape but Dad and Jem figure out how to fix it up. Needing a part, they head out to the local auto junk yard and find, up in a tree...an old airplane engine. Just what the van needs! What a great find! And from there, the van leads the whol...more
Nancy
Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of my favorite children's authors so when I saw he had written a new chapter in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's life I couldn't wait to read it. The original is one of the first movies I ever loved with one of my favorite actors, Dick Van Dyke. How can this not be one of my favorite books! I love that he continued the story and he put it a modern setting. I love that he kept the family togetherness and love as a big theme but also gave the children a chance to be independen...more
Marcia
I fondly remember going to a matinee at the Garden Theater as a child to see Dick Van Dyke in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I haven't read the Ian Fleming original, but am a fan of Boyce's Milions and Cosmic, so I was looking forward to this new sequel. It was a fantastical journey! Lots of fun, centered around the Tooting family and their camper van, some of it very silly. I heard an interview with Boyce on NPR and one interesting fact he pointed out was that this story is rare in children's lit be...more
Kirsten
I won this through one of Goodreads giveaway things (forgot I entered, heh) and overall it's a cute book, although I was quite disappointed that it's not really a sequel to the original, as it tells the story of a different family, which my inner 7-year old was quite sad about, but I think my nieces and nephews enjoyed this more than enough to make up for it. I like that it's set in modern times, made it a bit easier to read to the kiddies I was sitting, although they were confused by some of th...more
Betsy
How do you categorize a book like this? It's not fantasy like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. It's a terrific adventure story and the car just happens to fly and have a mind of its own.

I love Frank Cottrell Boyce's sense of humor, his delightful families and the portrayal of familial interactions, and his appreciation of the random possibilities of "what if" in terms of adventures.

If you're a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fan, you'll enjoy this. Even if you haven't read the book or seen the movie...more
Kim McGee
I received the advance on this and I have to say that I was a fan of the original and somewhat predisposed to liking the fact that there was a sequel. That being said - the book is wonderful! The humor is very British (read Roald Dahl), the family is a wacky mix of dark, twisted, uber-cheerful, and optimistic to the point of disbelief and this means that you can totally believe that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will find all her parts and be born again. The family travels in Chitty all over the world...more
Heather
I started this book knowing I would like it. I've never read something by Boyce that I didn't like, plus who doesn't remember and love "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (and you can thank me later for getting that song stuck in your head). I'll admit I have never read the original book, just watched the movie.

But, this is a great, clean, fun family adventure! The family travels around the world, become celebrities in Paris, visit the Sphinx in Egypt, meet a great/silly villain, and end up with a beautif...more
Nicole Harding
I read an Advance Reader Copy of this title. This book is due to be released March 13, 2012

I was not sure how I would feel about a sequel not written by the original author. The book is fun and will be a great read for elementary age boys or girls. At the end of the book there is an Author's Note page. He talks about the vast difference between Ian Flemming's only children's novel and the Disney movie version of the story and how he was excited to imagine what might have happened many years late...more
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Frank Cottrell Boyce is a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor.

In addition to original scripts, Cottrell Boyce has also adapted novels for the screen and written children's fiction, winning the 2004 Carnegie Medal for his debut, Millions, based on his own screenplay for the film of the same name.
His novel Framed was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year as well as the Carne...more
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“Jem tugged the floral curtains open just above Mum's bed. She stretched and said, "Oh!" because there is something especially cosy about pulling open floral curtains in your camper van and finding the Mediterranean Sea shining hundreds of feet below you and seabirds twirling all around you. Especially if the kettle has just boiled.” 1 likes
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