For a school assignment, a boy reluctantly writes a letter to Clunk of the planet Quazar, sending his older sister with it, but as more letters and packages are exchanged, he realizes that having an alien pen pal can be fun.
"Corderoy's witty rhyming text details Granny's helpful, but atypical, way of coming to her granddaughter's rescue. From improving a ballet class to cleaning up after a pet bunny, she tends to use magic to create more problems than she solves. When it's time to plan the narrator's birthday party, the youngster pleads with her grandmother to bake a cake, sew a dress, and celebrate the day "spell-free.""--Publisher.
In her fascination with technology, a confident and spunky girl pays little attention to the outside world before learning how to make room for real things in ways that help her make the most of her savvy technical expertise.
A little girl asks her grandmother to try being "normalish" instead of wearing a pointy hat, taking her cats and frogs and bats with her wherever she goes, and driving a flying car, but neither one is happy with the results.
Down on their luck, the Tooting family buys an old camper van and begins repairing it, but after installing an engine that once belonged to an extraordinary car, they are off to find other original parts, pursued by a sinister man who wants Chitty for himself.
The Tootings plan to go home, but they accidentally send themselves back to the Jurassic Age, and after being chased by a T-rex they head to Prohibition-era New York where Chitty enters a race to the lost city of El Dorado and back again.