The Big Bazoohley

The Big Bazoohley

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by Peter Carey, Abira Ali
     
 

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Sam Kellow's family is stuck in the middle of a blizzard in a hotel room that costs $453 a night, but they are down to their last $40. Sam's father believes in the Big Bazoohley--the "Big Prize, the Jackpot"--that will come along just in time to save the family from ruin. But waiting around isn't good enough for Sam as comedy, adventure and fantasy unite in this

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Sam Kellow's family is stuck in the middle of a blizzard in a hotel room that costs $453 a night, but they are down to their last $40. Sam's father believes in the Big Bazoohley--the "Big Prize, the Jackpot"--that will come along just in time to save the family from ruin. But waiting around isn't good enough for Sam as comedy, adventure and fantasy unite in this highly acclaimed novel.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A mansion that can be entered only from a disguised door on a subway platform; impossibly detailed paintings that can fit inside a matchbox; an opulent hotel filled with snooty guests; a squadron of fiendishly well-kempt children competing for the title of Perfecto Kiddo-the Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda stuffs his first children's book with a lavish complement of elements that, while improbable, are so enticing or so funny that readers will wish they were true. At the center of this outlandish world is one Sam Kellow, an Everyboy whose sheer normalcy provides ample ballast for the eccentricities of the plot. He and his parents have flown to Toronto on a mission: Sam's artist mother will deliver one of the aforesaid miniatures to a tycoon at the aforesaid mansion and collect her pay-what Sam's high-rolling father calls ``the Big Bazoohley'' (``which meant the Big Win, the Big Prize, the Jackpot''). But the Kellows can't find the entrance, and they are down to their last few dollars. Seeking a way to raise some quick money, Sam is essentially kidnapped by the lunatic parents of a kid with chicken pox, who groom Sam within an inch of his life and enter him under their son's name in the Perfecto Kiddo contest (grand prize: $10,000). They plan to pocket the winnings; Sam, of course, has his own ideas. Carey combines daring exaggeration with cozily wrought details for an exquisitely balanced comedy. He lampoons the familiar and dreams up delectable satires. One of the Perfecto Kiddo contest events, for example, involves eating four-foot-long strands of spaghetti in tomato sauce; points are deducted for every drop that gets splattered. We know all along that Sam will win the contest and get the loot, and that his parents will hook up with the missing zillionaire-the urgency here is generated not by suspense about the outcome but by the strength of the reader's desire for a happy ending. This novel is so full of pleasures that readers, along with the characters, receive a swell payoff-start to finish, it's one Big Bazoohley of a book. Ages 9-12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
In the style and whimsy of Roald Dahl characters, Sam Kellow, son of starving artist parents, finds himself in the hallway of a hotel that leads to another world where marvelous possibilities exist. Suddenly, Sam is empowered to help his nearly indigent parents by winning major prize money. That catch is that things are not what they seem and getting back to his real world with his wits and his winnings is tricky.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Nine-year-old Sam Kellow is off in search of the Big Bazoohley-the grand prize that his gambler father promises will come along when they need it the most. Since the buyer for his mother's latest painting has disappeared, his father has no immediate prospects for making money, and Sam knows that they are down to their last $53.20, the boy slips out of their swank Toronto hotel room to find a solution. He hasn't gotten very far when he is kidnapped by a very strange couple who decide to groom him as an emergency substitute for their own son, who is in bed with chicken pox just when he's due to enter, and hopefully win, the Perfect Kiddo contest, for a part in a commercial and a check for $10,000. Sam is a very clever youngster, and it doesn't take him long to figure out how to turn the situation into the solution he was hoping to find. Along the way there are plenty of laughs and surprises and an ending that pulls it all together. This is a breezy contemporary adventure with a touch of fantasy. Readers will delight in Sam's adventures, empathize with his difficult situations, and cheer for his triumphs.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
From the Publisher
"This novel is so full of pleasures that readers, along with the characters, receive a swell payoff—start to finish, it’s one Big Bazoohley of a book." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698114203
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/09/1996
Series:
Storybridge Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Big Bazoohley 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was realy good i wont tight everything but enough to give u and idea Sam went to a hotle and some people kiddnaped him and used him for a compition that they had at the hotel and sam was try to comunicate with his parents but he couldnt and then at the end sam finds this guy that his mom wants to sell a painting of that is the size of a match box and they finaly find him and his front door was somewhere in a metro station and they lived happy and stuff hey i know its not alot but hey u wanted to know a bit about the book BE HAPPY LOL