THE BIG BAZOOHLEY book cover   The Big Bazoohley
Peter Carey

Dustjacket synopsis:

"Wearing his 'Sonic the Hedgehog' pyjamas, Sam Kellow sleep-walks out of the hotel room in Toronto where he is staying with his parents...and wakes to find the door firmly closed behind him. Exploring the hotel hallway, Sam meets Nasty Muriel, Droopy George and their chickenpox covered son Wilfred. How Sam gains his opportunity to win the Big Bazoohley... the big Jackpot and save his family's finances is hilarious. A zany adventure - impossible to put down.

"Peter Carey's first children's book is a sparkling mix of fantasy, reality and humour. A vastly enjoyable tale from one of the great storytellers of our century."

First Paragraph:

Like most grown-ups Sam Kellow's parents never guessed that their son ever thought about money. Like most grown-ups they thought he did not appreciate its value, and they both said things to him like: "Money doesn't grow on trees" and "If you knew how much that cost you wouldn't do that."

But in truth Sam knew a lot about how much things cost, and when the family arrived in Toronto in the middle of a blizzard, he knew they were there to sell his mother's latest painting to the mysterious Mr Edward St John de Vere. He also knew they were down to their last fifty-three dollars and twenty cents.

From the UQP paperback edition, 1995.

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