Author(s): Frank Cottrell Boyce
When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary flying car and it wants to be back on the road again ...fast! The Tootings can haul on the steering wheel and pull the handbrake as hard as they like, but their camper van now has a mind of her own. It's not long before they're hurtling along on a turbocharged chase as Chitty tracks down her long-lost bodywork. But there are sinister forces at work too. When it comes to a car as special as Chitty, everybody wants a piece of her ...
Almost fifty years ago, Ian Fleming, author of James Bond, wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a bedtime story for his son, Caspar. He was inspired by a real car one hand-built by the eccentric Count Zborowski to break the 1921 world land-speed record. Filling Chitty's tank with his trademark wit, warmth and sense of story, Frank Cottrell Boyce jumps into the driving seat and takes Chitty into the twenty-first century. He is the award-winning author of Millions, Framed and Cosmic. He is also a successful writer of film scripts and, along with Danny Boyle, is writing the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics. Joe Berger is a prize-winning illustrator and animator. He has been selected as one of the 2011 winners of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators Award. In 2010, Joe was the official illustrator for World Book Day.