5.13.2012

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Summary:  When Mr. Tooting loses his job and his car is repossessed, he and son Jem decide to rebuild an old camper van.  They find an engine in a junkyard to rev up the old van.  This engine is no piece of junk, however; it is the engine from the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and whisks the family away on an unexpected, unbelievable adventure. 

Thoughts:  What a fun sequel!  The talented Frank Cottrell Boyce, with the permisison of author Ian Fleming's family, has created a new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang adventure featuring a quirky, contemporary British family.  The Tootings are a hoot and their escapades wildly ntertaining.  This is a fresh take on the original; a humorous romp with the charm and feel of a classic tale.  I particularly enjoyed the Author's Note at the end of the book where Mr. Boyce describes his love for the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film and Ian Fleming's novel that inspired it and the delight in creating a modern sequel.  He says, "It felt strange at first writing a new installment of someone else's story.  But in the end, isn't that what we always do when we tell stories - take something old and give it something of ourselves in the hope that it will fly once more?"  And, fly one more it does! 

Read Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again if you ... 
  • enjoyed the original novel or film 
  • like Frank Cottrell Boyce's previous novels such as Framed or Cosmic 
  • are an Anglophile (one who likes all things British ... like me!) 
  • like novels with engaging illustrations throughout
  • are looking for a fun, lighthearted adventure to sweep you away
Click here to read more about author Frank Cottrell Boyce and this new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang adventure.  You can even build your own Chitty!  :)  

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