13th January '15
This book far exceeded my expectations. It is nothing like the film, which we also enjoy, and instead is an exciting, old fashioned adventure story. I am sure this book would appeal to girls and boys alike. We are big Enid blyton fans in this house and this story had some of the same kind of elements as the famous five or the secret seven. The car is the star of the book and caratacus Potts leads his family on a wild adventure where they encounter baddies but all the time you feel safe and the children have a lovely sense that mum and dad are always there to protect them. It is quite old fashioned in that mum defers to dad and does quaint things like 'run along and pay the bill darling' before dashing off to save her children! The chapters end on cliff hangers and my boys begged for another one every night, even though on most pages they had to ask the meaning of words. We really improved our vocabulary and it was areal page turner.