Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Hardcover – 28 May 2008
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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 )
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book. So exciting, I'm not sure why I've never read it before. It has a Roald Dahl feel to it of old fashioned adventure but with a little peril thrown in!Published 2 months ago by N. Richards
Was as described and was delivered ahead of projected delivery datePublished 3 months ago by Nicola
A good, well written children's story of the traditional sort. Don't bother with the movie - just read this.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic story to read aloud to my class or 7 and 8 year olds - they are gripped.Published 7 months ago by Mrs N.
It's a lovely book to read, in such detail, definatley as good as the film. I can't put it down once I start reading!!!Published 10 months ago by Sarah Louise Musgrave