Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

Title: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Author: Ian Fleming

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Candlewick Press

The Blurb

“Crackpot” is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a wreck, nobody is surprised. Except for the Potts themselves. First, the car has a name. And she tells them what it is. Then they find out that she can fly. And swim. . . . Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a car on a mission to stop a criminal gang in its tracks — and she is taking the Potts with her! Jump into the world’s most loved magical car for her first adventure.

The Review

I think this is a case of ‘I-saw-the-movie-first-so-it-is-better.’ I love the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It fills me with nostalgia, the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with childhood rainy days. Nowadays it reminds me of watching the movie with my niece who loves it too.

The book, based on the story alone, is a fun frolicking crime caper. Caracticus Pott and company are challenged by hardened criminals and yes – spoiler alert – the Pott family are victorious. Hurrah…but the Disney movie is just better.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a good book if you haven’t seen the movie but a bit disappointing if you have.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming is available now.

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