Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again
Publication Date: March 13, 2012
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Buckle your seatbelt for the first-ever follow up to Ian Fleming's only children's story.
When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car . . . and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail — one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself.
Fueled by wry humor , this much-anticipated sequel to the children’s classic by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond — fe aturing a contemporary family and a camper van with a mind of its own — is driven by best-selling, award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce and revved up by Joe Berger’s black-and-white illustrations.
Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of two novels for young readers that have been turned into films: Millions, winner of the Carnegie Medal, and Cosmic, which garnered six starred reviews. He is also the author, most recently, of The Unforgotten Coat. Frank Cottrell Boyce lives in England.
Joe Berger is an editorial cartoonist, animator, and illustrator. He has illustrated numerous books, including Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy. Joe Berger lives in England.
Ian Fleming's beloved flying car is back for more adventures. The British author's nieces asked children's writer Frank Cottrell Boyce to pick up where their uncle left off. Boyce took the responsibility seriously; he says he felt like he'd borrowed a "national treasure." More at NPR.org
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Any sequel worth the name would require plenty of crackpot humor and absurd villains and a dose of magical realism, all of which happily burst from the pages of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG FLIES AGAIN, a novel for 9- to 12-year-olds that puts the famous racing car in a modern setting… A jolly good ride.
—Wall Street Journal
Sir Ian Fleming’s heirs, who have commissioned numerous James Bond sequels, turned to Boyce to continue Fleming’s 1964 story CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: THE MAGICAL CAR, and Boyce delivers... Berger adds comical artwork—he even sneaks in a diagram of Bond’s Aston Martin—creating a Chitty that any kid would be thrilled to own. This first volume in a planned trilogy is hilarious and endlessly entertaining.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Although the story is inventive and picturesque, with billionaire crooks, a visit to Madagascar, and a guest appearance on a French reality show called Car Stupide, most of the humor in this very funny novel is a result of the family’s interactions with one another. Berger’s lively cartoon illustrations depict each phase of Chitty’s reincarnation in loving detail and bring the resourceful Tootings to life... A witty sequel.
—School Library Journal (starred review)