Reviews for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Booklist Reviews 2013 May #1
Following Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again (2012)--Boyce's authorized first sequel to Ian Fleming's 1964 original title--the Tooting family's adventures with their time-traveling, tricked-out, sometimes capricious automobile continue, beginning with car trouble in a prehistoric jungle. Escaping bloodthirsty T. rexes is one thing, but returning to their present-day British home becomes extra-urgent upon learning villainous Tiny Jack and his henchwoman, Nanny, have appropriated their abode, with nefarious plans afoot. But getting back's filled with narrow escapes and escapades through history, including a bullet-whizzing car chase with hooch-patrolling police in 1920s New York. With time dwindling to save the world from Tiny Jack, past and present collide with unexpected results. Featuring a near-dizzying array of characters--including a reunion with suave first Chitty owner Mr. Zborowski--and events, from car races to kidnapping to run-ins with anacondas, this is a lively, entertaining read that those familiar with the previous title will especially enjoy. Digitally rendered, cartoonish illustrations add retro flair. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
In their second adventure, the Tooting family (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again) and their time-traveling car return, stopping this time in dinosaur-rampaged prehistoric lands, Prohibition-era Manhattan, and the lost city of El Dorado. The story is packed with quirky details, but the stake-raising events have quick resolutions that stall the plot. The accompanying black-and-white digital illustrations are expressive and fluid.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring
Fleming's rollicking story of the Potts family and their magical car is a great family read-aloud, with plenty of action. Unaccountably, John Burningham's original illustrations have been replaced by rather flat art. It's a pity that every chapter has the same opening picture of the family flying in the car--nothing like ruining the suspense of finding out just what makes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang so unusual. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 February #2

Boyce's second sequel to Ian Fleming's original novel picks up where the 2012 book left off, with the discovery that the Tooting family's flying car has a highly unusual gear, which allows its occupants to travel back and forth in time. Unfortunately, the "Chronojuster" delivers the Tootings to the Cretaceous period, and at the feet of a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex. Events get increasingly more perilous as mother, father, Lucy, Jem, and Little Harry must repeatedly use their wits to avoid death by anaconda, escape the police in Prohibition-era Manhattan, and rescue their car from the residents of the legendary El Dorado. Ostensibly, Chitty (as the Tootings affectionately call their sentient vehicle) is seeking something--a reunion with Count Zborowski, the car's original owner, or perhaps a second meeting with Commander Pott, the inventor who restored Chitty in Fleming's book--but that quest is not fulfilled in volume two. Indeed, this installment ends with another cliffhanger. Readers are unlikely to mind, though, since life with the Tootings is the wildest Sunday drive imaginable. Ages 9-12. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 June

Gr 4-6--Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is back, traveling through time with the Tootings. They are connected to the present day via a "jelly phone" through which they learn that evil villains have set up shop in their home. Chitty is up to her usual tricks, leading the family through an adventure that flies by at an almost frenetic pace. Readers are slyly fed facts about the times and places the travelers visit, including 1920s New York City and the Amazon. On the adventure to find the Potts, Chitty's first family, they wind up in the mythical city of El Dorado, where, after being dissasembled and reassembled, the people gild Chitty, dubbing her Chitty Chitty Bling Bling. After a brief stint at home to tie up loose plot threads (evil villains included), the story ends with the Tootings stuck in London in 1966, clearly leaving the door open for another installment. Much of the story is told through dialogue. While the action-oriented plot might appeal to reluctant readers, they are likely to find it hard to comprehend who is doing all the talking as the family races through time. Characters and plot points don't feel fully fleshed out, which contributes to the frenzied feel. Fun, but not a core purchase.--Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN

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