#8 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
Genre: Children’s Literature, Fantasy
Page Numbers: 144 pages
Dates Read: 1/15/14-1/16/14
Plot in three lines or less: The Pott family – known to their neighbors as “crackpot.” They are always up to something crazy. So when they decide to buy an old clunker of a car instead of a new one, no one thought any differently, except for the Potts themselves. Because of course, the car has a name, and a personality to go along with it. Because she can fly. And swim. And stop criminal gangs too!
New read or re-read? New read from my bookshelf.
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would read it again, and I would recommend it to others. It was very easy to read.
Why did I pick it up? I actually had jury duty today (Thursday, the 16th), and the book I wanted to bring to read I couldn’t because it was on my Kindle, and electronic devices such as that have been banned from the Courthouse here in Delaware. So I had to come up with some alternative ideas for books, preferably ones that were short enough to get me through the thought of spending a day locked up in a room waiting to see if I would be chosen for a jury. This was one of several I ended up choosing, though I started it the day before during my lunch break. I read the first half then, and the second half before orientation started. The reason I ended up purchasing this back during the summer was that I’d gotten together with a few friends over the 4th of July, ended up having a rather L-O-N-G discussion about watching the movie as children, and then without being prompted, the movie was put on by someone else in order to keep the children at the party entertained. It was so highly enjoyable and amusing, that the next time I was at a bookstore, I happened to walk by it, and couldn’t resist getting it.
Other Notes? See the author’s name? Know why it looks familiar? It’s because Ian Fleming is the author and creator of the one and only James Bond. That was the other reason I couldn’t resist purchasing the book. I believe my thought process when I saw the book was something along the lines of the following:
“Hey! It’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! I just watched that movie a couple of weeks ago! I guess I knew it was based on a book, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it anywhere before. I should get it. Wait – is that Ian Fleming? That’s the James Bond guy! Oh, I SO have to get this now!”
The other amusing piece of trivia to this book, and also of myself I guess (now that I actually stop to think about it) – I read this to myself with a specific “voice” in mind. There are some people whose voices you can just hear whenever you think of a specific TV show, book or movie. For instance, some of the voices I tend to hear in things are Patrick Stewart, Alan Rickman, or Anthony Hopkins. (I can’t read C.S. Lewis without hearing it read in the voice of Anthony Hopkins because of reasons!) It doesn’t happen very often, so I was taken by surprise when I started hearing a voice in my head reading this book to me.
It was Dick Van Dyke’s.
Grand Total: 65