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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  11,461 Ratings  ·  665 Reviews
Crackpot is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised. Except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name. And she tells them what it is. Then they find that she can fly ...and swim ...Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks and she is taking the ...more
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Published September 29th 2013 by AudioGO Limited (first published 1964)
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Guy Austin Well, actually it was United Artists who distributed the film originally in 1968. It was produced by a small company called Warfield. MGM/UA Video…moreWell, actually it was United Artists who distributed the film originally in 1968. It was produced by a small company called Warfield. MGM/UA Video first put it out for home through 94, then Warner Brothers Home Entertainment got the rights as well as 21st Century Fox. So, on DVD one could have any one of three companies because MGM Home Entertainment and Fox both put it out in 2007. Oversees it is a whole other ballgame. These things get passed around a lot. Disney did not have any production in it. MGM/UA were merged at one point in the 80's-90's. But Not Disney. (less)
R Alvarez Great book very different than the movie
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Notes: Is this the real world, or is it magical? This family is much too quick to accept that their car is enchanted and sentient.
C.G. Drews
You know that moment when you skim the first 50 pages of a book adn then decide you know all about it and go make a 2hr movie from it?? THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT THE CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MOVIE DID. It's so nothing like the book that it's actually hilarious. Ahem. The main reason I picked this up was because I loved the movie as a kid (haaaated the Child Catcher though. Hello nightmares forever) and I had no idea it was a book until last week. SO. I had to read it.

I mean, by itself, the book was c
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: BAM The Bibliomaniac
While most famous for his work on creating Agent 007, Ian Fleming wrote this classic children's story many years ago, which entertains as much as it captures the interest of many young readers. Commander Caractacus Pott has a long history of inventing things, which provides limited success and forces the family to gather round in times of financial strain. After selling one of his ideas to a local confectionary, the Potts head out to purchase their first family car. Commander Pott brings his wif ...more
I think every avid reader must have a list (even if it's just in their head and not actually written down) of books they would like to read, but never seem to find the time. My list of "someday'' reads is quite extensive, but I have vowed that this year I will read more books from my own library shelves and also more books off my I'd-really-love-to-read-that list.

When I found out years ago that Ian Fleming (author of all those lovely 007 spy novels) wrote a children's book that one my favorite D
Jason Koivu
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"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,
Paul E. Morph
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to read this book since I first found out it was written by Ian Fleming. This is the only novel he ever wrote that wasn't part of the James Bond series and it's a bizarre little oddity.

If, like me, your only previous experience of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the movie, you're in for some surprises. The original book bears little resemblance to the movie version. Some of the characters are different and the plot is very different indeed. I'd actually quite like to see a new movie adapt
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to BAM by: Matt
"Never say no to adventures. Always say yes. Otherwise you'll lead a very dull life."

Too, too cute! I'm glad this lighthearted kids' novel was selected as a buddy read. The way Commander Pott took care of the car reminded me so much of my father-washing, waxing, spot check before and after driving.
So the book is not at all like the movie, which I didn't expect, but it was still brilliant. The children are brave, the father is ingenious, there's actually a mother. Bad guys galore to vanquish. An
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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:


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

Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 06, 2013 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
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I loved this children's book! The story was fun and Fleming's writing just draws you in. A fast, enjoyable book for all ages. Now I'm going to watch the movie!
So much fun!
The kids and I listened to this on audio because David Tennant does the narration and it was excellent.

When reading along with the text, one of us noticed that our print edition changed a number of words. For example, pocketbook was changed to wallet. Yes, an American is more likely to say wallet than pocketbook but this book was not written by an American and I hate it when publishers change books when they are published in the states. If I had known changes were made, slight as t
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a magical car. It can do things that other cars cannot, which is very fortunate for the family that purchases it. The book is one big adventure for the family of 4 and their car.

I thought this book was kind of cute. Several times I laughed out loud at bits. However, I'm not the intended audience. The adventure is directed at young children and I think that children would enjoy it even more than I did. There's lots of action and I think it could be suspenseful for youn
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute story.
"The children, in fact the whole family, sat on the tips of their behinds, if you see what I mean, and waited excitedly to see what would happen." Ha ha!
"'Stone the crows! There's a perishing motor-car overhead!'" Great expletive, that.
"rumbustious children" Great adjective not used in the States.
Dawn Michelle
What a completely delightful adventure!!
I have seen the movie [at least once] and to be honest, I remember little about it except the song and that Dick van Dyke is in it, so this little book was not ruined for me by a previous movie viewing. In fact, when I started listening, I thought I would go ahead and watch the movie after I got done and have decided that I do not want to do that - I want my memory to be of this delightful book, read by the amazing David Tenant [WHAT a fabulous narrator he
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
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In his time, Ian Fleming was one of the edgiest popular authors on the scene. After five acclaimed James Bond novels beginning with Casino Royale in 1953, 007's propensity for morally loose living caught up with his author. Critics questioned James Bond's validity as role model to young men caught up in the romance of the super-spy lifestyle, and started consistently panning Fleming's work as a bad influence. Partly due to the stress of a legal case surrounding his latest James Bond offering, I ...more
Colin Kinlund
May 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ludmila Marton
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. You know that you're reading a book by the creator of James Bond, when the magical car runs into gang of gangsters on her first ride..:-) And although I'm not a big fan of JB, this was very enjoyable read.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
One of the prompts in the Read Harder Challenge for 2018 is to read a children’s classic from before 1980. I had recently completed reading Ian Fleming’s Bond series, so his “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” came to mind. I always liked the movie, and I wanted to see how far from the book it was. Ends up, quite a bit was changed. The first obvious change I noticed in the book was the lack of Truly Scrumptious. Truly could have been the name of a Bond girl, and she was inventor Pott’s love interest in th ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
A charming, whimsical children's adventure! If you've seen the movie, the book is very different; the only real constants are the children and their father (though their mother is still with them in the book), and of course Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the eponymous magical flying car. I don't want to give anything away, but don't expect a Bavarian kingdom; that part of the movie is the creation of the screenwriters, not Ian Fleming. The adventures the family does have in the book are slightly more ...more
Charlotte Jones
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one of those children’s books that I have been deterred from by the movie adaptation. However, as an adult, upon finding that it was written by the same author as the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming, I thought I would one day like to give it a go. The fact that the audiobook version I listened to was narrated by David Tennant was of course a nice bonus.
I think that this is one of those classic children’s stories that doesn’t translate well to an adult reader. Though the
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful!! Netflix should make a series of these. I have no idea why they changed so much for the movie.
Gina Johnson
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The kids and I listened to this on a road trip to go camping. It’s short, well written, and fun. David Tennant does an excellent job narrating!
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
I'm betting people who loved the original book did not care for the musical movie adaptation, because they are basically nothing alike except for the names of Caractacus Potts, Jeremy, Jemima, and, of course, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang herself. Myself, growing up with the musical, I love it, but I can't deny the original book is charming, even if I did sorely miss Miss Truly Scrumptious and even if all the car talk did go over my head.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As fun as I remembered, Jeremy, Jemima, Mimsie, Commander Pott, the fabulous C C B B all having thrilling adventures, thwarting Joe the Monster and his gang of thieves...what could be better? Trixie enjoyed it as well. We haven’t yet made the Fooj.
Callie Rose Tyler
Once again I find out that a movie from my childhood is nothing like the book.

This book was nicely written and I enjoyed the tone of the narration but it is so vastly different from the movie that I was left disappointed.

The movie is fantastically whimsical and magical. The book is not. In the first half of the book it seems like we are going to get magic and whimsy with the Scrumptious whistle sweets that Caractacus Potts invents and the cheeky flying car. However, the book then takes on more o
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, read-aloud
How did I not know prior to reading this that it was written by Ian Fleming, author of all of the James Bond books. Strange trivia fact for the day! For some reason "Bond, James Bond." and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang just don't seem related.

And yes, before reading this, my only exposure to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was through the old Disney movie, which I don't really remember much about either other than a little ditty bit of a song from the movie: Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Our fine four
Jerry Peterson
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. He was a grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.

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