Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang *****
by Ian Fleming
Overview: A fun, well-written story about a family who buys a magical motor car.
Themes: family, adventure
Positive elements: The family is good to each other and goes on adventures with the magical car. This book is just good, old fashioned entertainment.
Negative elements: The bad guys kidnap the two children out of their beds, which was a little scary for my five-year-old. However, the bad guys are a bit silly so they really aren't very terrifying. And they don't mistreat the children.
Conclusion: My girls loved this book. We got it on CD from the library and really enjoyed listening to it as a family. It's a pretty short book so it's good for shorter attention spans. I was surprised how completely different the book is from the movie and the musical.