Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

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I bought my copy of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming very recently and I must admit that it was the fact that it is illustrated by John Burningham which tempted me to buy this edition. I am trying to work my way through any children’s classics which I missed out on when I was actually a child. The book was first published in 1964, when I was only 5 years old and was probably aimed at kids who were a few years older than that.

However this is a really enjoyable read for children of all ages although if you’ve seen the film you might be a bit disappointed that the book is so different. There’s no Truly Scrumptious nor Grandfather and they don’t wheech off to a fairytale castle, although they do fly over to France. Unusually of course Ian Fleming didn’t get rid of the parents, the Pott children, Jeremy and Jemima have a father AND mother in the book, Caractacus and Mimsie, although the mother is so shadowy a character she might as well not be there at all. There is a Lord Skrumshus who owns a sweet factory though.

Obviously the film makers took a great idea and ran with it – off to an even crazier land than Fleming had imagined.

You can see images from the book here.

7 thoughts on “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

  1. I’ve always preferred the book to the film, though I haven’t read it in ages. I remember the surprise I felt when I learned that Ian Fleming also wrote the Bond novels – up til then I thought the world of writers was firmly divided between those who wrote for children & for grown-ups.

    • Lisa,
      I remember being absolutely flabbergasted when I discovered that Chitty Chitty was written by Ian Fleming, I originally thought it must be a different Ian Fleming!

  2. I don’t think I have ever seen the film the whole way through and certainly not read the book. Although knowing who wrote the book has come in handy in many a quiz I have done.

    Reading the Mary Poppins books is what I am attempting to achieve. I read two last year and they are certainly nothing like the film!

    • Jo,
      Thanks, you’ve reminded me that I wanted to read the Mary Poppins books after reading about them on The Book Jotter.
      I didn’t get to a lot of children’s books until after I had children myself as I went on to adult fiction too early I think so I have some catching up to do.

  3. This sounds like a great read, Katrina. I am going to have to look into finding a copy. With these illustrations would be great, but I will see what I can find.

  4. I was flabbergasted to find out that Ian Fleming wrote this! I can’t say I was taken with the film but I must read the book sometime!

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