Looking for a book from the 70's about a bratty kid who was always getting in trouble. One day while climbing a tree he falls out and is saved by his "guardian devil". He jokes that he will call this devil "Bub" for short and "Beelzebubbaroo" for long".


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This is The Big Joke Game by Scott Corbett. For the record, it's not "Beelzebubbaroo", it's "Beelzebubaroo"

A young boy who loves practical jokes and games finds himself in the strange land of Limbo where the only way out is to play a complicated game.

Cover of "The Big Joke Game". Illustrated in a colorful, sketch-like style, a young boy falls through the air while a red devil watches him from a cliff. Several buildings on a green surface are visible behind him.

  • Loved that book as a kid.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 18, 2018 at 12:59
  • Thanks so much! Been trying to remember the title and author for a while. "For the record, it's not "Beelzebubbaroo", it's "Beelzebubaroo" "...I'm actually pretty amazed I got it that close considering I last read this book in the 70's. Thanks again! Aug 20, 2018 at 17:42

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