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Following Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again (2012) Boyce's authorized first sequel to Ian Fleming's 1964 original title the Tooting family's adventures with their time-traveling, tricked-out, sometimes capricious automobile continue, beginning with car trouble in a prehistoric jungle. Escaping bloodthirsty T. rexes is one thing, but returning to their present-day British home becomes extra-urgent upon learning villainous Tiny Jack and his henchwoman, Nanny, have appropriated their abode, with nefarious plans afoot. But getting back's filled with narrow escapes and escapades through history, including a bullet-whizzing car chase with hooch-patrolling police in 1920s New York. With time dwindling to save the world from Tiny Jack, past and present collide with unexpected results. Featuring a near-dizzying array of characters including a reunion with suave first Chitty owner Mr. Zborowski and events, from car races to kidnapping to run-ins with anacondas, this is a lively, entertaining read that those familiar with the previous title will especially enjoy. Digitally rendered, cartoonish illustrations add retro flair.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Boyce's second sequel to Ian Fleming's original novel picks up where the 2012 book left off, with the discovery that the Tooting family's flying car has a highly unusual gear, which allows its occupants to travel back and forth in time. Unfortunately, the "Chronojuster" delivers the Tootings to the Cretaceous period, and at the feet of a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex. Events get increasingly more perilous as mother, father, Lucy, Jem, and Little Harry must repeatedly use their wits to avoid death by anaconda, escape the police in Prohibition-era Manhattan, and rescue their car from the residents of the legendary El Dorado. Ostensibly, Chitty (as the Tootings affectionately call their sentient vehicle) is seeking something-a reunion with Count Zborowski, the car's original owner, or perhaps a second meeting with Commander Pott, the inventor who restored Chitty in Fleming's book-but that quest is not fulfilled in volume two. Indeed, this installment ends with another cliffhanger. Readers are unlikely to mind, though, since life with the Tootings is the wildest Sunday drive imaginable. Ages 9-12. Agent: Zoe Pagnamenta, the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.