17:50 25 September 2012
Frank Cottrell Boyce’s sequel for Ian Fleming’s ‘Chitty Chitty Bang’, which the author entitled as ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again’ has been nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
Mr. Boyce made it to the short list of six of the funniest books for children aged 7 to 14 years old. This is his second nomination and one that he strongly hoped to win.
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was very much like the opening ceremony. There’s a feeling of ownership from everybody. People give you ideas and memories. You feel like the custodian of something, which is a really nice feeling,” Cottrell Boyce told The Independent.
“It was a joy to do because you have this killer idea, which is a car that flies. Nearly everything else that is supposedly magic, we’ve got. Half the things in Harry Potter are on my iPhone now, but we don’t have a car that can fly.”
But what makes this award more important to Cottrell Boyce is the ‘cool prize’. In a report by The Independent he added: “You go to his house and choose a bottle of wine from his cellar. There’s no amount of money that could be cooler than that. So I really want to win it.”
‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again’ is Boyce’s sequel to Ian Fleming’s original story, which came out in three installments. Reportedly Mr. Boyce is working on the third installment, while the second is now due to be released soon.
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