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Ian Fleming, best known for his James Bond novels, wrote only one children’s book—and it is a classic! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the name of the flying, floating, driving-by-itself automobile that takes the Pott family on a riotous series of adventures as they try to capture a notorious gang of robbers. This is a story filled with humor, adventure, and gadgetry that only...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1964)
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Jason Koivu
"I'm not interested in your Shitty Shitty Gang Bang," is essentially what I told my bestbud back in elementary school when he was trying with all his ernest might to make me see the light and enjoy the wholesome, family-fun goodness that is this book. This was at a time when he was listening to Weird Al and I was learning how to bang my head to Quiet Riot.

Fast-forward about 30 years…I've finally read Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I see the light! This book is delightful! There's kooky characters,...more
Jonathan

Once upon a time there was a young boy named Jonathan Terrington. He didn't have any magical abilities save for the power of his imagination and what he could gain from reading and watching incredible movies. Some of his favourite childhood movies and books were all fairytales. He particularly liked more modern 'fairytales' like Toy Story or Mulan. Then one day he discovered a fairytale movie he'd never watched before. A movie about a magical car that travelled away to a fascinating land with b...more
Lynn
Jul 26, 2007 Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys
Shelves: childrens
What a surprise to find just how different the movie is from the book! This is very much Ian Flemming, focused on the car and the adventure. There is no 'Truly Scrumptious'; there is no weird castle with singing toys and a king who hates kids. There IS a wonderful magical car, and exact descriptions of what it does. There IS a great adventure with a trip to France and a scary thief. A great book for boys, and it stands the test of time.

This was Ian Flemming's last book before he died, and his on...more
Mark
Jun 29, 2013 Mark marked it as sayin-when  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't sit through the Disney adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but I remember it from my childhood. I also remember trying Mary Poppins and I didn't like that one either. But I'm big on nostalgia. Remembering them good ole days, them calmer days. A few years ago I revisited The Wind in the Willows, which I'm told Mom read to me as a kid and we both hated. When I revisited, I was enthralled. I don't think it was simply nostalgia. Sure it brought back memories of summertime and warm gras...more
Manny
James Bond, the children's book begat James Bond, the musical begat James Bond, the stage show. But where can we go from here? It occurred to me to google "James Bond Ballet", and I did at least find this picture:

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Surely it's now just a matter of time before it actually happens?

Chris
May 18, 2013 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
I watched the movie Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang as a child and have vaguely fun and yet confusing memories of it. To this day I still find some of the tunes from the movie jumping into my head at random. Years later I was told that the original book Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang was written by Ian Fleming...yes, the same Ian Fleming who was the creator of James Bond. Naturally my curiosity was aroused. From a very high level, it's not surprising to see both James Bond and Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang as being...more
Glenn Whelan
Fun with our fine four fendered friend...

Most people that would be reading this book today are familiar with the Dick Van Dyke vehicle of the same name. A smaller percentage of them may also be aware that the source material is originally penned by James Bond author Ian Fleming. The connection to 007 seems a logical one. A flying car with super gadgets called upon at the press of a button. Who else but James bond could have a relationship with a woman named Truly Scrumptious.

After a quick read o...more
Jerry Peterson
It's hard to believe that Ian Fleming, who wrote the sexy, sophisticated, violent James Bond spy novels, also wrote one of the best-loved children's stories, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Most of us know it from the 1968 movie musical that starred Dick Van Dyke. Fleming wrote "Chitty Chitty" while he was recovering from a heart attack in 1961. The writing provided him with something to do. For inspiration, Fleming drew on a bedtime story he had been telling his son, Caspar.

The book came out in 1964...more
Colin Kinlund
May 13, 2007 Colin Kinlund rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wanted a flying car
Another classic I treasured, and another Disney adaptation I loathed. The movie is similar to the book in that there is a car with the given name of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In fairness though, this is a very short story, with only three chapters (each fairly long chapter being one act), and would have been very difficult to do as a movie. But still, this is vastly more entertaining, inventive and scary than the movie. And I still want a toot-sweet to this day.
Penny Peck
The new follow-up to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Frank Cottrell Boyce, sent me back to original to see how they compare. I was struck by the brevity – the original Chitty is 114 pages in length, written in three long chapters. The original British version was actually published in three volumes. The U.S. version also had plenty of ink illustrations, something that would be welcome in more novels for readers in grades 3 to 6. Roald Dahl’s books also had a fair amount of random illustrations in eac...more
Linda
What person of a certain age doesn't remember the marvelous movie and magical car?! And the final scene as everyone hangs onto their hats and soars through the air singing ...

Oh you pretty Chitty Bang Bang,
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
We love you.
And, in
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
What we'll do.
Near, far, in our motor car Oh what a happy time we'll spend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.
Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Our fine four fendered friend.

Ian...more
Michele
I read this as a young 'un and didn't find out until MUCH later that the author also wrote all the James Bond books! Once you know that, the presence of international spies, gelignite, and a car with superpowers make perfect sense. I like to think the car was a prototype designed by Q that somehow accidentally ended up getting sold for scrap :)

Apart from the car, the children and their father, the book shares nothing whatsoever with the Disney version, but it's equally entertaining and great fun...more
Jennifer Hughes
I must be one of the few of my generation that has never seen this, and my expectations going into the book were fairly low. I thought it would be a cutsie kids' book and that's all. I found that I was listening to the audiobook by myself in the car, looking forward to the next time I had to run errands or something so I could listen to it again!

It's a kids' book for sure, but it's just a delightful and engaging and innocent story. The actor who read it (can't remember his name--from "Fawlty To...more
Maggie Wolfe Riley
This book was my first experience with loving a book, then being horribly disappointed in the movie. I read this book before it was a movie - something like 4th grade, and I loved it! Fun, adventure, mystery, and good writing (to my 9 or 10 year old mind, anyway!) Then I remember being excited that they were making a movie of it - and imagine my disappointment when it was a ~musical~ starring Dick van Dyke! It wasn't anything ~like~ the book, and they not only changed the plot, they changed the...more
Jessica
So . . . apparently the only think the movie and the book have in common is . . . a flying car named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Interesting.

*realigns brain* *dismisses childhood memories* *tries to avoid singing Toot Sweet song*

Okay, actually the candy is in there. But not Truly Scrumptious.

This is quite a good little book. It reminds me of Roald Dahl, though not quite as whimsical. There's a good bit of Edward Eager in there, too. It was a fun read-aloud, though the four-year-old wasn't as into i...more
Amanda
I love the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and I had been told that the book is not like the movie, but the book is almost nothing like the movie. The only traits that are the same are the character's names and the whistling candy. Unlike the movie, the book is the story of a car that truly does fly and float and everything else. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is more personified in the book than the movie. I don't want to give the impression that I disliked the book; I didn't. It just wasn't what I was...more
Robin
We've run into this problem before: First it was a novel. Then it was adapted, more successfully than faithfully, into a movie. Then came a film novelization, a novel designed to be more faithful to the movie than the movie was to the original novel. They did it to Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes. More recently, it happened to Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon. It even happened to another book by Ian Fleming. And so your dilemma is this: which book do you buy or borrow, to read or gi...more
John Mccullough
Well, OK, I'm WAY too old to read this but sometimes I read books to keep up with the grandkids and in this case, it was nostalgia and my daughter's birthday that prompted me to read it. I am going to send this to her along with a copy of the movie. When she was 2 years old the movie came out and we took her to see it. When it ended she cried, then cried all the way home because it had ended and she loved it so much. I didn't blame her - it was a very entertaining movie. But, the book. Well, the...more
Hannah
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a great children's story. It's a fantastic book for younger readers; the language is simple, the plot is fun and interesting, and the length is good for a student just taking on chapter books.

Despite its simplicity, I'd recommend Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to anyone, since it was such a cute read. Especially fun for long car trips where you yell out CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG every time the car is mentioned.
Anna
My family listened to this on the road trip to St Louis and loved it. The story is perfect for a car full of boys, with lots of details about inventions and the features of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, not to mention the discovery of a stash of guns and bombs. The man who reads the book does a nice job of reading in a way that is really entertaining to kids. It's perfect long car ride material.
Eyehavenofilter
Ok what the HELL drug was Ian Flemming ( the creator of that great masoganistic spy James Bond) on when he wrote "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"? We need to find out and dispense it worldwide as a cute for depression, seriously!
This book is cray cray funny, and great fun for all ages! Flying car, and famy values, what a mixture!
Esther May
I had only ever seen snippets of the movie for this book, so all I really knew was that there was a car in the plot. This turned out to be a cute story. I always get a little nervous when the adult in the story is a clueless or does not completely think things through, but it turned out alright in the end. Good story.
Mrs W
Feb 24, 2014 Mrs W rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I loved the movie when I was a kid. I laughed at the awesome breakfast-making machine, and I had nightmares about the child catcher, and I really wanted a car like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I knew it was a book, but it took me a while to get around to it. Ultimately, what pushed me to pick it up was first, David Tennant reading the audiobook, and second, a road trip to Las Vegas.

I now regret waiting so long. What I expected to be a story version of the movie I remembered was nothing of the sort. I...more
Quinn
Review originally posted on Quinn's Book Nook

There were two reasons on why I decided to read Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming. The first reason was because I had read some more emotional books lately, and I needed something easy and cute to cleanse my palate. The second reason was because DAVID TENNANT (yes, that needed all caps!) narrated this audiobook. I really knew nothing about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I’ve never seen the movie, or really looked into the book. All I knew was that it w...more
MissSusie
Well I have discovered that my favorite movie from childhood is only Very Loosely based on Ian Fleming's book of the same name.

The only thing familiar from the movie I love so much was the car and the kids' names, everything else is different, no grandpa, no Truly, no child catcher or Baron. It was very odd to have it be familiar yet not at the same time.

I’m still trying to get over how different this was than what I was expecting; it is more similar to the Bond stories than the musical movie is...more
J. Aleksandr Wootton
As evidence for Arthur C. Clarke's assertion that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic", Chitty Chitty Bang Bang certainly begs the question. I read this book quite a few times as a child and enjoyed it very much, but I never mistook the car's obvious sentience as proof that it was magic.

I suspect Fleming never did either, but that he expected children would, or that he simply wanted the term for a non-explanation.

Clarke's "law" is nonsense, of course; it's a lin...more
Devlin Scott
Brilliant! I had forgotten how exciting this story was. I'm glad it still entertained me after all these years. There's also a very good fudge recipe in the back guaranteed to put you in a sugar coma. ;)

Devlin
Relyn
Feb 23, 2014 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: My own curiosity finally got me to read it in spite of the awful movie.
This is a perfect example of the way a movie can absolutely ruin a good book. I never read this book because the movie was so terrible. Recently, though, I stumbled on a blog post or magazine article that featured this wonderful, whimsical book by the creator of James Bond. As I listened to this immensely fun, imaginative book, (read by Andrew Sachs) I found myself sad that Ian Fleming didn't write quite a few more books for children. This is wonderful in the way that The Secret Garden and Mary...more
Ambertolina
Really, really, wish someone would remake this movie and stick to the book. I imagine Hugh Laurie as Commander Caracatus Pot and Dawn French as his wife. That is my dream. Well, one of them, anyway.
TashNz
This is not the same cover as the one we read at school back in the 80s, a fantastic picture book which was one of my favourite books when I was little. Great memories.
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two...more
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