Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a story about the Tooting family who lead ordinary uneventful lives until Mr. Tooting loses his job and company car. When he has too much time on his hands and accidentally starts causing trouble at home, Mrs. Tooting buys him an old camper van that he and their son, Jem, refurbish. As the project takes shape, they, along with the other children in the family, Lucy and Harry, dream about all of the places around the world they can visit. On their first adventure, they find a fancy Zborowski engine and replace the one they have with it. No one realizes at the time that it has a mind and mission of its own. As the Tooting family consistently runs into situations that do not turn out the way they expect, Chitty winds up unveiling his plans along the way.
I liked reading Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again because it is a novel that is full of fun, mystery, and adventure. The members of the Tooting family are believable characters, and the action pulled me into the story right away. The crazy chaos they encountered left me wondering how they would make it through each adventure. I thought all of the book’s black and white sketches brought the story to life, and the cute temperature gauge picture at the beginning of every chapter was a silly way to hint that danger could be getting closer. I had a hard time waiting to see what would happen next!