||Moose Hide Books
||June 1 2009
If you like humour, action, adventure and especially mischief check this book out! Big Bobby Boom! and the Marble Mayhem just published by Moose Hide Books.
The Boolachecks rule the town and the Muldoons are their henchmen. That is the way it has been for several generations. Nobody has ever taken a stand or even bothered to challenge the order of things until Elliot Blue moves to town and shortly after comes cousin Jimmy ‘the slick’.
Elliot Blue is the typical ‘picked on’ kid with a penchant for self-preservation. He’s the one that most can identify with, the smart one who runs, hides and hopes that the bullies won’t come looking for him in the chess club, school band or washroom. Jimmy ‘the slick’ Blue, on the other hand, is the extroverted smart guy who doesn’t look for trouble but when it finds him he’s pretty quick to come up with ingenious ways of dealing with it. In essence he’s the one that all bullied kids wish they could be or at least have a friend like him.
Geared for the reluctant and inquisitive reader, between 9-12, Big Bobby Boom! and the Marble Mayhem depicts how life can be a nightmare for some and a great opportunity for others..
“Sometimes, being an undersized brainy kid can really stink. No one knows this better than eleven year old Elliot Blue who finds himself thrust into a new school, in a new town where just within the first few days he has managed to make himself a target of the self proclaimed school bully ‘Big Bobby Boolacheck (Big Bobby Boom!) and hench-boys Booker and Biff Muldoon. Elliot’s life is going from bad to worse.
Luckily for Elliot, a cousin from the big city is coming to live with them for awhile. Soon enough the perfectly ordered town of Bunsel, that had been terrorized by the Boolachecks would experience something it had never encountered before. A triple threat with a backbone, a warped sense of humour and a genius mind . . . meet eleven year old super prankster Jimmy ‘the slick’ Blue.”
Together the soon to be infamous duo of Prankster and Brainiac are about to bring whole new brand of justice to the mean streets and playgrounds of Bunsel and go head to head with the nasty trio of Big Bobby Boom! and hench boys Booker and Biff.
Big Bobby Boom! and the Marble Mayhem is an easy to read fun-filled page turner for anyone who likes birthday party crashing, hockey hi-jinx, baseball bloopers and watching a bully unwittingly eat a hot pepper pie.
" No way Man! We're heroes! They should be thanking us. We just save the town from another one of those boring parades they have to watch year after year, featuring the Boolachecks!"
Junior Novel looks at Bullying and Friendship
By Gregg Seeley (Moose Hide Books)
Imagine Bunsel, a quiet uneventful town owned entirely by Big Bobby Boolacheck.
Big Bobby senior, a large intimidating and ill mannered man thinks nothing of taking the drink right out of someone's hand if he's thirsty or ordering everyone off the roads so his 11-year-old and equally obnoxious son, Big Bobby Junior, can drive his Cadillac.
Big Bobby Senior may own Bunsel Bakery, the meat shop, restaurant, the hotel, the mall and more but he is soon to find out he does not own the new county sheriff Mr. Blue.
As the Blue family settles into Bunsel, it is clear that the Boolachecks run the entire town including the residents of all ages. Elliot Blue, the quiet undersized brainy kid has resigned himself to hiding out in the chess club or washroom but gets a small glimmer of hope as his cousin Jimmy "The slick", an adventurous prankster, arrives to live with his family.
The town of Bunsel is in for some adventurous hi-jinx and rule changing as Bobby Junior meets his match in the infamous duo of brains and tricks who refuse to let the generational bullying go on any further.
The Blue Boys Forever take on Big Bobby Boom Junior with hilarious pranks and lessons learned in this easy to read mix of humour, mischief and action geared for the 8-12-year-old reader.
While the book takes a light-hearted tone, the message will still strike a chord amongst readers that can identify with the various forms of bullying portrayed by both Bobby senior and junior. As bullying continues to plague schoolyards and workplaces, this book shows how anyone can fall victim to intimidation, fear, and control at the hands of someone else, regardless of age.
The book also cleverly illustrates how unacceptable behaviour is passed down within families, often allowing for unchecked behaviour to spread as the victims of bullying often respond by bullying others.
Former Fredericton High School student Gregg Seeley has written a humorous junior novel about bullying with a focus on the strength of friendship and family.
Seeley grew up in Rusagonis, is a Armed Forces veteran, an advocate for the anti-bullying movement and now lives with his family in Ontario.
- reviewed by GLORIA NICKERSON
For The Daily Gleaner
Big Bobby Boom! and the Marble Mayhem
Rhonda Carver of Apex reviews-- 4.5 Star rating
Big Bobby BOOM! And The Marble Mayhem
Moose Hide Books
Reviewed By Rhonda Carver
Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars
As if it isn’t enough that he’s small for his age, Elliot just happens to be - on
top of all else - the new kid in town, which makes him subject to more than his
fair share of rough treatment. The chief source of his torment: chief bully Big
Bobby Boolacheck - better known as “Big Bobby Boom!” - who, along with his
henchmen Booker and Biff, sets out to make Elliot’s life as unforgettably miserable
Elliott doesn’t have to suffer long, though, because quickly coming to his
rescue is his trusted cousin, Jimmy “The Slick” Blue - who, during his time in the
big city, just so happened to pick up quite a few tricks of his own. As he moves in
with Elliott and his family, Jimmy teams up with his hapless cousin to wreak a
new havoc in the unsuspecting town of Bunsel the likes of which the local folk
have never before seen - and may never want to see again...
Playful, witty, and disarmingly amusing, Big Bobby BOOM! And The
Marble Mayhem is a delightful read. Author Gregg Seeley’s charming novella
chronicling the omnipresent challenges of life as a pre-teen is sure to strike a
chord among both younger and older readers alike - the former because of how
easily they can relate to it and the latter because of the bittersweet memories it’s
sure to stir. Furthermore, the genuine, unique energy of each of his characters
adds to Bobby’s engaging appeal, sparking nostalgic vibes that reverberate long
after the final page has been turned.
Equally comical and heart-warming, Big Bobby BOOM! And The Marble
Mayhem is a welcome addition to the world of young adult fiction. A promising
debut from an exciting new literary talent.
Big Bobby Boom! and the Marble Mayhem
BIG BOBBY BOOM! AND THE MARBLE MAYHEM
Author: Gregg Seeley
Publisher: Moosehide Books
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Debbie Smart, Book Reviewer – Stories For Children Magazine
BIG BOBBY BOOM! AND THE MARBLE MAYHEM is full of humor, fun, adventure and lots mischief. Elliott Blue is the new kid in town and is the target of the chief town bully – Big Bobby Boolacheck – “aka” Big Bobby Boom! The Boolachecks run the town – every aspect of the town. Big Bobby Boom’s henchmen Booker and Biff Muldoon assist Big Bobby Boom with terrorizing not just Elliott – but almost all the other kids at school too. Nobody has dared to stand up or challenge the way things are in the town of Bunsel – all because of the Boolachecks.
Fortunately, for Elliott, his trusted cousin, Jimmy “The Slick” Blue – shows Elliott a few ingenious tricks of his own when he moves in with Elliott and his family. Readers will enjoy the antics of Elliott and Jimmy as they become infamous pranksters who go head to head with Big Bobby Boom crashing his birthday party, planning a bit of hi-jinx in the hockey rink and spicing up lunchtime with hot pepper pie.
BIG BOBBY BOOM! AND THE MARBLE MAYHEM, written by Gregg Seeley is geared for reluctant and inquisitive readers – as well as being a fun read for anyone who has ever been bullied.
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Reader Reviews for "Big Bobby Boom! and the Marble Mayhem"
|Reviewed by Gregg Seeley
|Title: Big Bobby Boom and the Marble Mayhem
Author: Gregg Seeley
Publisher: Moose Enterprise
Welcome to the town of Bunsel. This is one town I would never want to visit. This is a town that is run by one family the Bunsels. The mayor of the town treats everyone as his servant and his children and family are allowed to create havoc, disorder and mayhem wherever that want and whenever they choose. I thought we lived in a democratic society. I guess someone forgot to tell that to Mayor Boolacheck who declared himself not only King of the roads but dictator of the town too. This brings me to my review of The Big Bobby Boom and the Marble Mayhem by author Gregg Seeley.
There are many kids that go to school and are frightened, hurt, insulted and bullied by other kids that play on their vulnerability. Author, Gregg Seeley in this humorous, clever account of a town and its founders that needed to be taught a big lesson, brings to light this serious issue that many children have to deal with on a daily basis. Big Bobby Boom, his two goon cousins go around bullying, playing practical jokes and harassing anyone and everyone just for the sport of torturing them. Elliot Blue the son of the new sheriff, fears his first day of school and the awful treatment he knows he cannot avoid. But, not to worry Elliot. Someone is about to come to your rescue and the town of Bunsel, the Boolacheck family and more will never be the same. You see, sometimes it takes another kid to put the bullies in their place. But, will the Boolacheck boys ever learn that what they are doing is wrong? How can they when their parents, the Mayor and their entire family endorse and encourage their behavior and feel because everyone in town works for them, they have to follow their rules.
Imagine being told when you are to be at an event and that your children are required to play hockey, baseball and other sports just to be pawns and puppets falling prey to the whims and pranks of these other boys
But, fear not, Elliot Blue you are no longer alone. Enter, cousin Jimmy the Slick the king of real practical jokes who would make sure that the town of Bunsel not only knew he had arrived, but would never mess with him or you again.
Throughout the novel we learn that the grownups in this town are just as much to blame as the youngsters. This is an example of how much this town could use Nanny 911 to help teach them proper parenting skills. Imagine the Mayor and his wife throwing a party for their son that every child in the town is required to attend and allowing their son and their cousins to do mean things to the other kids and watch without trying to stop them. With parents that encourage this behavior and town of grownups who fear for their jobs and more, whom can these children learn from? Certainly not the adults.
Author Gregg Seeley created the character of Jimmy the Slick, who is so resourceful, so clever and often comes up with ingenious plans to teach the Boolacheck boys lessons he hopes they will never forget. But, do they you will have to decide for yourself. From putting super glue on the baseball bats that cause not only Bobby’s hands but others to become permanently glued, to the slime he puts in their swimming pool during a birthday party, the author creates situations that are so funny and hilarious you actually route for Jimmy and Elliot.
But, when Jimmy and Elliot are banned from the town parade, Jimmy decides to teach not only the Mayor and his sons a lesson, but hopefully the entire town too. Every family works for the Mayor except the new Sheriff who stands up to him and does not back down. Even the Mayor and his sons never act alone. Ever notice that bullies need backup when they strike. Wonder what would happen if they got Bobby alone!
With an ending so hilarious and so funny you will not believe what 10,000 marbles and a cow suit can do to stop a parade and much more. Just what happens and how do Jimmy and Elliot become the town heroes as a result of their stunt to unleash these marbles on the town during the parade. Just what happens to Jimmy and Elliot as a result of their stunt you won’t belief, nor will you belief the ending?
A definite must read for all kids that have ever been the victim of a bully. As someone that went through what Elliot did, I can totally identify with him and think that this book should be in all schools for teachers to use as model as part of their of their character education curriculum. Guidance counselors and librarians could use this as a way of helping kids understand how to deal with bullies.
Fran Lewis: reviewer and author of the Bertha Series of Books and Memories are Precious
I give this book: Five Stars
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