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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

(Chitty Chitty Bang Bang #1)

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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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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
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...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
Jason Koivu
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
BAM The Bibliomaniac
"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.
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
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
"Never say 'no' to adventures."

This was a complete and utter delight. I've been a fan of the movie/musical since I was a small child, so when I saw that David Tennant had narrated this audiobook, I picked it up. What's inside is a story that's far different than the film, but just as whimsical and just as fun.

There is no Truly Scrumptious, but the kids have their own mother. There are Toot Sweets, but no rollicking dance number. There is no magical land and no need to disguise as living toys,
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 ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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, ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pott family takes a trip to France after Commander Pott restores an old car with seemingly magical powers. The adventures appeal to young readers. The books makes a great read-aloud. However, I think I will always prefer the film starring Dick Van Dyke. I pictured it as I read the book, even when the plot differs.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so much fun!! And Fleming's writing style in this felt surprisingly Dickensian, so I also loved that aspect of this book.
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
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me soooo happy!

"Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes', otherwise you'll lead a very dull life."
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this on a family road trip, and David Tennant's narration was delightful. Seriously, his narration made this story leap into our imaginations. I am familiar with the classic (and somewhat creepy) movie adaption of this story, but I have never read the story. I have to say that I enjoyed the actual story in this book better than the movie, although there were fun things in the movie that were nice as well. This is a super short audio book, but it is tons of fun and very ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have long loved the movie starring Dick Van Dyke, but I realized I had never read the original novel by Ian Fleming. This is one of those books that I liked better than the movie -- not because there were more details but because the plot was simpler and more straightforward. In the book, Commander Caractacus Pott earns money for his family to buy a motor car by inventing a whistling sweet. They search high and low for the perfect car and finally buy an almost-one-of-a-kind racer which the ...more
I tend not to like fiction audiobooks because my mind wanders as the reader drones on, but this was exceptional. The narrator, Andrew Sachs, was brilliant. If every audiobook were read like this, with such charm, enthusiasm and obvious delight, I’d listen to more of them. Absolutely entertaining, start to finish.

As for the story itself, it is much less terrifying than the film and far lower stakes. Despite the ominous intonations that the Pott family was frequently in “morrrtall dangerrr”, one
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
Colin Kinlund
May 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Shelves: children-s
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.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Completely different from the movie, this family adventure is a delightful read-aloud for young children.

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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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