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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Hardcover – 28 May 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1st Edition edition (28 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141384387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141384382
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 20.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The car is magical. So is the book. (Vogue )

From the same stable as Thunderball et al: same excitement, same wonderful imagination. The car really lives (Scotsman )

Super-wicked villains ... hairsbreadth escapes (Telegraph )

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The original and best magical car is back on the road, with brilliant new illustrations by Joe Berger. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
After many years of being out of print, this is a sumptuous new edition of the ORIGINAL tales about the magical car.

Written in the early sixties for his son, Ian Fleming's stories were originally published as three separate books. This anthology combines them into one thrilling adventure.

For those who only know the film, it will be a surprise to discover how far the script of the film departs from Fleming's book. Roald Dahl contributed to the script (although he is said to have been unhappy with it)and it is tempting to imagine Truly Scrumptious and the child catcher are his inventions. They are certainly not Flemings.

In the original story - set in the '60's, the Pott family (including a live-and-well mother) rescue a derelict car and become emboiled in the gangster Joe The Monster's plots to steal sweets from Monsieur Bon Bon's sweet shop in Paris. There are guns and explosions, kidnappings and all sorts of mortal dangers...and the whistling sweets are in there too!

And the car does of course fly and float, with perfect timing!

Burningham's astonishing illustrations were not used when designing the film car. His green dragon of a car is a magnificent eccentric creation none the less and the whole book should be on every young boy's bookshelf.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the story of Commander Caractacus Pott, a highly eccentric inventor, and his family. When they acquire a broken-down old automobile, Commander Pott goes to work on it, and seemingly with the help of the automobile itself, he rebuilds it into a car that is more than a little bit magic. Due to the sound it makes when it starts up, the Pott children name the car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! However, a trip in this car is like nothing you can imagine, anything can happen, and something fantastic invariably will! And so it's off to adventure and danger!
This is a charming and delightful children's story, one that you could hardly imagine was written by Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond books! My kids love this whimsical story and yours will too. My family highly recommends this book to yours. 5 stars.
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Format: Paperback
I have been compelled to write a review to counter the absurd remarks made by other reviewers. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL STORY!!!! Ian Fleming wrote this book as a simple story of a magical car, thieves, channel-crossing and kids. None of this Hollywood soppy mush with Childcatchers and awfully titled Truly Scrumptious, the film and subsequent productions are completely Vulgarian. So clear your head of all that popularist nonsense and enjoy a much more enjoyable (and possible slightly more plausible?) version of a classic tale from a classic author.
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Format: Paperback
Just spent my Sunday afternoon out in the sun and managed to read this book in a little under 5 hours at a nice steady pace.

I grew up with the film and right up to the middle of the book, I was remembering watching it as a child as it was very similar. Then, beyond the midway mark it was completely different. Which is a good thing! I wasn't expecting it and it was a completely different story to that of which Ive known the past 20 years.

Really good book. Though originally written for children, at the age of 23, I can say I personally enjoyed it very much.
It has charm. It has humor. Goes along at a decent pace that keeps you interested every step of the way. It's written very well and with some surprisingly big words for a book for a younger audience. I had absolutely no trouble in imagining every detail of what was going on as I read in my head. And with the illustrations throughout the book just enhanced the charm of the little Cartoon I was seeing in my mind.

From secret agent spies to flying cars, gangsters and musical candies, I never knew Ian Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang until a few months ago. If id known sooner, I would have read it sooner. Even so. I still loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice easy and enjoyable read. It really makes you feel like a kid again.
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By Lost John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2009
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.

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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