Outlook Issue 15 Winter 2011
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Junior Outlook Ready for take off? The story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is familiar to everyone - the flying car, the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, the child catcher. It’s a classic film which continues to delight all the family. But did you know that the screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, based on the book by Ian Fleming (the creator of James Bond)? That’s quite a pedigree and now another well-known author, Frank Cottrell Boyce, has continued the tale. If you have read his books ‘Millions’, ‘Framed’ and ‘Cosmic’, this news will fill you with delight. In his story ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again’, we meet a family called the Tootings. Dad has just announced that he has been laid off from his job at Very Small Parts for Very Big Machines, because his fingers are too large. Instead of letting this get him down he decides to restore a dilapidated camper van and use it to take his family to all the places they’ve always wanted to go - Paris, Cairo and the dinosaurs. While he searches for a spark plug at a scrap yard, Dad discovers a discarded engine, installs this in the camper van and they’re off. They soon discover that the van has a distinct personality and determines for itself which route they are going to take. And so the adventure begins! It’s a lovely book: inventive, funny, fast paced, great characterisation, and there are illustrations throughout too. It’s perfect for reading aloud or for children aged 8+ to keep to themselves. Catherine Larner, Young Browsers Bookshop Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce Macmillan, £10.99