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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Ian Fleming

A fair while ago, I did a post on my top 5 favourite children’s movies.  And whilst making the post, I realized that all of my top five movies were, in fact, based on books!  At the time, I had read three of the five books, and made it my goal to read the other two…I read Mary Poppins first, and now, finally, I’ve read my favourite…Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

This was a difficult book to get my hands on.  Now, I have a feeling it might be re-released next year, because I see someone new is coming out with some “new adventures” type stories, so the original might be put back out.  But my copy is from a company that specializes in out-of-print materials, which is actually kind of cool.

So…I can’t say a whole lot about this book, because it’s pretty much…nothing like the movie.  The book is about the Pott family (changed to Potts in the film), including mother, who is not in the movie (and is instead replaced with pretty love-interest Truly) …they buy a motorcar just to have a family car (instead of Jeremy and Jemima begging their poor father to have the car), and then they take it on adventures to France, battling against gangsters with the help of Chitty (instead of flying to Vulgaria and having to battle the evil Baron).

So of course I like the movie better…I adore that film, and the book is relatively new to me.  But I can definitely see some kids enjoying the book more.  The movie is rather long, while the book is rather short, and is written in that breathless style in which something happens and immediately something else and then immediately the next adventure begins.  This is a book that also talks a lot about the car itself, so I can see it appealing more to some kids, particularly boys, who might not like the singing and dancing of the film.

For me, it’s no contest…the movie is brilliant, and the book was fun, but nothing amazing.  However, I think there is merit in the book as well, and I think it’s definitely worth a read, especially since it is such a fast one!

So, a quick recap…my favourite children’s movie is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but my favourite book based on one of my top five movies is The Secret Garden.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the movie, you really should.  Here’s one of the songs at random, which I rather enjoy, =)


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