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Big Bazoohley [Paperback]

Peter Carey
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Feb. 1 1997
With only 50 dollars to their name, Sam and his family arrive in Toronto to sell his mother's latest painting. Sam is locked out of his hotel room, then kidnapped, and soon finds himself entered for a perfect child competition, for which the prize is an enormous cheque.

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 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,
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bazoohley Nov. 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Do you like taking matters into your own hands, well if you do listen to this.
Ok theres a book I've been reading called The Big Bazoohley by Peter Carey.Its about a nine year old boy Sam.Sam's mom dad and of course him were down to there last twenty three dollars and fourty cents.So his family all went to a small town to see if they could make some money.Sam's Dad is a big gambler and his mom paints and sells art the size of match boxes but worth big bucks Sam was worried cause his big shot dad took his family to a huge hotel with a casino,buffet, and huge rooms.
The hotel was asking ....a night.Don't foreget they were broke, but sams mom was selling a .... piece of art so they supposed if she sold it theyed be able to pay rent.But it didn't work out how they thought,Sams mom didn't get the money and his dad was afraid to lose any more money by gambling it away.So Sam decided to go on a voyage for the thing his dad called the big Bazoohley.
I liked this story because a little boy thats 9 years old boy is going out to help his family.
I recommend this book to any body because it's usually hard for me to get into a book but I liked this one from the first chapter.
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This kid needs more than ordinary luck to get himself and his parents out of a tight spot, but he isn't just going for a fix for the situation; he's shooting for the Big Bazoohley!
A book about guts and glory. A childhood adventure with a touch of magic.
Peter Carey brings his originality and poetic vision to a children's book with all the success he has had in adult prose. I loved it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A children's book just as quirky and unique as they come! Dec 28 1998
By Margaret Fiore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This kid needs more than ordinary luck to get himself and his parents out of a tight spot, but he isn't just going for a fix for the situation; he's shooting for the Big Bazoohley!
A book about guts and glory. A childhood adventure with a touch of magic.
Peter Carey brings his originality and poetic vision to a children's book with all the success he has had in adult prose. I loved it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT the typical little kids' book! June 28 2007
By *.~angelacia~.* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book when I was maybe 7 and thoguht it was really good...and now that I read it 8 yrs later I still love it! This book plays out so strangely. It's like a dream. You have to read it!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bazoohley Nov. 13 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Do you like taking matters into your own hands, well if you do listen to this.
Ok theres a book I've been reading called The Big Bazoohley by Peter Carey.Its about a nine year old boy Sam.Sam's mom dad and of course him were down to there last twenty three dollars and fourty cents.So his family all went to a small town to see if they could make some money.Sam's Dad is a big gambler and his mom paints and sells art the size of match boxes but worth big bucks Sam was worried cause his big shot dad took his family to a huge hotel with a casino,buffet, and huge rooms.
The hotel was asking ....a night.Don't foreget they were broke, but sams mom was selling a .... piece of art so they supposed if she sold it theyed be able to pay rent.But it didn't work out how they thought,Sams mom didn't get the money and his dad was afraid to lose any more money by gambling it away.So Sam decided to go on a voyage for the thing his dad called the big Bazoohley.
I liked this story because a little boy thats 9 years old boy is going out to help his family.
I recommend this book to any body because it's usually hard for me to get into a book but I liked this one from the first chapter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's book much enjoyed by 'age-challenged' adult March 1 2012
By Pond lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I patronize the local 'library system' &, as 'age-challenged', I am definitely a 'forever paper person'. When I find an author that I like, I 'follow' that author -- and Peter Carey, an Australian, writes exquisitely-detailed adult fiction.
When I finished all five of his adult fiction at my favourite library (just a tad friendlier than my 'base' library), I
'phoned my 'base' library: you may request books through the 'interlibrary-loan system' only through your 'base' library.
I read all that they acquired for me: the book of short stories was nowhere near as enjoyable as his full-length books, the
book which was a 'screen play w/some black & white photographs....well, I have never enjoyed reading plays so I was not surprised that I did not care for this book at all. But there had been one children's book ....a 'brief read' of maybe an hour, unlike the small-print/exquisitely-detailed/multi-day adult books -- but it was so well done that, although I rarely
buy fiction (! that is what public libraries are for ! [please patronize YOUR local libraries: otherwise, due to the 'current
economic situation, we shall lose them all]), I bought THREE copies -- the two hard-cover copies I presented to my 'favourite' library and to my 'base' library which had ordered it for me (I still have the soft-cover copy: that will go to my brother's
granddaughter in California....but not yet: I want to read it again...but not until enough time has passed since I first read it -- I will enjoy it more later).
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