Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang Critical Context
by Ian Fleming

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Critical Context

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

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In 1964, mystery writer Rex Stout claimed that four out of five children would love Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, most preferring to trade in their parents for Commander Pott. Library journals universally praised the book, as well as John Birmingham’s illustrations, as a story for all ages, notable for its use of descriptive language. Some reviewers believed that the story was more appropriate for boys. This attraction has largely remained intact in the decades since the book’s initial popularity, and the story in its various incarnations remains widely available in school and public libraries.