Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Reading 2016 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


I am attempting to complete the "2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge." Zooming right along, I have now finished the sixth book from my list. Category: a book originally published in the decade you were born. Book: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming. I've always loved the movie, and always meant to read Fleming's only children's book, so this was a good time to do it. 
Some differences between the book and film versions:
- Obviously, no singing or Dick Van Dyke dance numbers in the book.
- No evil Baron Bomburst, but a gangster with the nickname "monster."
- There is an actual mother named Mimsy, rather than a bubbly Truly Scrumptious.
- Sadly, there is no hideously evil Child Catcher in the book.
Overall, it is a wonderfully entertaining read and the car herself is just as awesome as her movie version.
For those who haven't read the book or seen the movie, Caractacus Pott is a former Navy man, an explorer, and an inventor. To his neighbors who don't think much of his inventions, he is sometimes known as "Crack Pott." When he finally sells a new candy he has created, he uses the money to purchase a defunct racing car. Once he gets it home and works on it for a while, the car is restored to even better shape than its former glory. While on a picnic trip to the beach, the family is pulled into an accidental adventure involving gangsters, explosions, a robbery attempt, boxes of chocolate, and French bread.
If you enjoy gadgets and adventures, you should read this book and laugh along at Jeremy and Jemima enjoying their new "high-flying" friend.

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