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Publisher's Note:

Ian Fleming’s beloved original text — newly illustrated by Joe Berger! "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.…

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

by Ian Fleming

Overall Book Review:

“Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes,’ otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life.”

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a fun and magical tale readers of all ages will enjoy. Written by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, the book has plenty of action and intrigue (all family-friendly). Fleming’s enthusiasm for the Potts family and their extraordinary car is contagious and I couldn’t help smiling as the group found themselves on several exciting adventures. I was particularly impressed by the clever Potts twins and how they worked together to save the day. The book has several darling illustrations and there’s even a recipe that ties into the plot. Chitty would be a perfect book to read aloud to the whole family, so pick up a copy of this well-loved classic! 

Content Analysis:


Violence/Gore:  Verbal threats; a scene of fantasy violence (a magical car hits a character with its mudguards); an explosion destroys property; characters are shot at but not hit.


Mature Subject Matter:

Gangsters, kidnapping

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults are presented with cigarettes.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.