The Tooting family have restored Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a 1921 green paragon panther. However, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has turned out to be much more than just an ordinary car. So far, the magical car has taken them on many adventures. However, she has broken down. Ordinarily, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but Chitty Chitty Bang Bang can time travel and has broken down sixty-six million years ago in the prehistoric period. The prehistoric period is not a very safe place to be, especially as a T-Rex is eyeing up the Tooting family hungrily. This is just the start of a series of adventures that take them to New York in the 1920s, where they meet the dashing Count Zborowski; to El Dorado in sixteenth century Amazonia; and finally to London in 1966, in time for the World Cup. However, all the while, the Tooting family are trying to find Commander Potts, the previous owner of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Tootings think that Commander Potts will be able to help them as they need to defeat Nanny and the super villain,Tiny Jack, in order to save the world.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time is the second book in the follow-up series to Ian Fleming’s original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. However, it can easily be read as a stand-alone title. It is funny, fast-paced and full of hilarious, fantastical adventures. Frank Cottrell Boyce successfully takes the story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang into the twenty-first century, and he does it with great style and humour.