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Chomp

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  8,582 ratings  ·  1,189 reviews
Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—
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Hardcover, 290 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jonathan Peto
I’m having trouble working myself up to review this one. That may be the definition of a three star book, at least sometimes.

I’ve been meaning to read something by Carl Hiaasen for awhile now. I read this one aloud to my son because my random picks for him lately tended to feature female leads, the ocean, and environmentalist themes to one degree or another: Isabel of the Whales and Island of the Aunts. I figured I owed the guy a break.

Back to Chomp. I liked it. Much of it takes place in the Flo
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John
First, please understand, my rating of a book is based on how it affects me, nothing else. A book does not have to be great literature to get high marks from me, it just has to catch my interest and involve me, and get me to enjoy the experience in the process. This is what makes "Chomp" a five star read for me.

Carl Hiaasen is one of my all time favorite fiction authors. Unfortunately, for his loyal readers, he's been keeping a fairly low profile in recent years after a creative explosion in the
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Newengland
Fun -- for a bit (there's a chomp joke in there somewhere). Hiaasen hits the right notes humor-wise in this Steve Irwinesque takeoff of a prima donna phoney Aussie hosting a reality wildlife survival show. His name is Derek Badger and he isn't the best thing about this novel by any means. Unfortunately, just when you think he's as bad as it gets, ANOTHER caricature (um, CHARACTER, I mean... I think) snatches defeat from the gator jaws of infamy by taking his place.

What's to like: the Mickey Cray
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Sara
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen follows Wahoo a boy whose father is an animal wrangler. When a reality show contacts Wahoo's father Micky about providing animals to set up a survivalist's show he is reluctant but agrees because he needs to pay the bills. Will Wahoo and Micky be able to handle the arrogant Derek Badger?



I loved this book. It was engaging and funny without being afraid to tackle some heavy subjects. I loved the setting with all of the animals and Derek Badger the fake survivalist and his rea
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Dyanne
4.8 stars

"Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head."

That, my friends, is the best beginning of a book. Ever. Nothing can beat that.
Having read Hoot, Scat, and Flush back in grade school, I was a bit rusty on how much Carl Hiassen was capable of. Needless to say, This book was thoroughly enjoyable and I loved every single crazy minute of it.

I will never think of badgers the same way again.
Or the name Alice.
Or tuna.
Or wahoo.

Awesome re
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M K
Dec 10, 2012 M K rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th grade boys
Shelves: kids, 2012
My son came home dying to read this book after the school librarian showcased it at school. We soon realized it was above his reading level, so I read the book to my 4th grade son and 2nd grade daughter. In short, my son loved it and my daughter, well, not so much.

One of the things I love about my kids getting older is watching their personalities come into their own. Unfortunatley (she says with a smile), my son leans toward the silly, slapstick humor filled books. And this fit the bill. The c
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Mal Warwick
Alligators, pythons, vampires, and gun-wielding drunks run amok in the Everglades


They’re maybe 14 years old. His name is Wahoo; he was named after the wrestler, not the fish. Hers is Tuna. Yes, the fish. So, they decide to call each other Lance and Lucille.

They live in the Everglades.

His father is an animal wrangler who supplies docile animals to TV survivalist shows that purport to show men wrestling with alligators or snakes. Hers is a drunken bum who drove her mother away to Chicago and now b
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Wandering Librarians
I would first like to say that I listened to this on audiobook, and it's read by James Van Der Beek. That's right Dawson was reading the book, and he did a marvelous job. His portrayal of Derek Badger was fantastic, but he really made Mickey Cray become someone I wanted to get to know. It was crazy good.

I'll be honest and say that I haven't ever read any of Carl Hiaasen's books before this. First impression? He's incredibly funny, with a lovely grasp of the depth of emotions that children can la
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Kitty Bullard
Book Title: "Chomp”
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Published By: Self-Published
Age Recommended: 10+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: I am one hundred fifty percent a Carl Hiaasen fan and will definitely be picking up the rest of his books. This particular story had it all, humor, drama, excitement and adventure. His writing is superb and his characters come alive, jumping right off the page to dance around in the readers head. There is no doubt he is one of the greatest middle grade/children’
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Jonathan Da-silva
Wahoo Cray and his dad Mickey Cray, who was also a professional animal wrangler, was asked to help on the set of the famous tv show Expedition Survival!, a reality show which has the famous superstar, Derek Badger. But he is not all a star you think he would be. Derek Bader is the most meanest, rudest, obnoxious person you can ever meet. Phew has been bitten by one alligator, 2 snakes,a bat, and 2,000 mosquitoes. But what happens when he disappears into the wild, will he survive? Read the book ...more
Chris
Carl Hiaasen does a brilliant job of combining madcap stories for young adult readers with some real-world problems and a nice dose of environmentalism. Since this is Hiassen, the story takes place in south Florida, where Wahoo Cray is the teenage son of a father who keeps and trains wild animals and a mother who teaches Chinese. The family fortunes take a turn for the worse when a frozen iguana falls out of a tree and injures Dad. With the bills piling up, Mom takes a job tutoring in Beijing. W ...more
Ms. Yingling
Review copy received from publisher for YA Books Central.

Wahoo's dad, Mickey Cray, has a business renting exotic animals for film sets. While he is recovering from an iguana-induced concussion, Wahoo's mom has to go to China, and Wahoo accepts a contract to supply animals for Expedition Survival! during his summer vacation so the family has some money coming in. The star of the show, Derek Badger, stages most of the show, and there's never any real danger, and Mickey gets so annoyed with his sho
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JilltheOWL
Ok I have a confession to make, and you may all gasp at this........I've never read a Carl Hiaasen book before! I've seen them all and heard about how good they are (Flush, Hoot, Scat), but I just never picked one up to read it. Then this summer I did this program called Camp Read-a-Lot, and Chomp was one of the choices. I decided it was time. And I'm so excited because it was great! Now I can wholeheartedly recommend it to my students.

I found this book to be funny, serious, fast-paced and smart
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Beverly
Jul 23, 2012 Beverly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 11-14 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: indie next list/indiebound.org
Carl Hiaassen created a winning formula for his YA novels, and he holds true to that formula with Chomp. Set in the Florida swamps, the story has drama, slapstick, witty sarcasm, a buffoonish antagonist, numerous eccentric characters, strong themes on friendship and family, and a young protagonist who appears to be the only normal character in the whole book. It is also a biting satire on the phoniness of reality TV and the pompous people in the TV industry responsible for what ends up on the ai ...more
Sandra Stiles

One of my favorite places to visit is the Florida Everglades. It is only a few hours south of where I live, and a place I consider to be extremely beautiful and dangerous. There is a particular tourist attraction that takes customers on an airboat ride. My first trip with them was thrilling because we had someone with a Steve Irwin personality. He loved describing everything; birds, plants, gators, the whole eco-system of the Everglades. The highlight was getting to hold a live alligator. When I
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Momina
Momina Mustaquim
Cooper
Language Arts 6th
29 November 2012

CHOMP by: Carl Hiaasen
Summary: Wahoo Cray is anything but normal. Named after a wrestler, having an animal wrangler as a dad and a backyard filled with animals, he has a unique lifestyle. Wahoo’s family is struggling with money, so Wahoo’s mom goes to China to teach Chinese and bring back more money. Mickey Cray, the father who is recovering from a concussion is having trouble with bills and can barely feed himself with the migraines causing
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Pandora
After he is father is unable to work as an animal trainer Wahoo's mother takes a job in China. As the bills pile up Wahoo accepts a job during summer vacation for him and his father to provide animal for a reality survival show. The big problem though is the show is a complete fake with the fakest and most ego centeric star who has no common sense. Can Warhoo and his Dad keep the star (Derek Badger) alive long enough to collect a paycheck and at the same time protect Warhoo's classmate from her ...more
Barbara
Wahoo Cray has a rather unusual homelife since his father Mickey shares a special bond with wild animals and reptiles. In fact, their backyard is filled with monkeys, turtles, raccoons, snakes and even an alligator named Alice who is twelve feet long. The family has fallen on difficult financial times, forcing Mickey to agree to allow a reality show featuring his animals to film on his property. But the star of the show, Derek Badger, is all about showmanship and his own ego. Given to ordering a ...more
Aaron
Hiaasen returns with another fun read for younger reader with this novel, which explores the interesting hypocrisy of reality television. Wahoo (he is named after a fish) Cray and his father Mickey find themselves being hired as animal specialists to help with Expedition Survival!, a quirky television show that is clearly modeled after The Crocodille Hunter. The main difference is that the star, one Derek Badger, is a major fake.

Wahoo's father owns a nature preserve, where they care for a number
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Bailey
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen, was a great book. An action packed adventure, which literally makes you feel like you are on the same journey as the characters. The genre of Chomp is realistic fiction, with a little bit of science fiction. I would recommend chomp for readers who like adventures, nature and humor. Carl Hiaasen used words to illustrate pictures in your mind; you feel so close to the action.
Chomp is about Wahoo Cray and his father Mickey Cray. Mickey Cray and his family are in the need fo
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Leah
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Working in a bookstore has presented me with an ever-growing list of authors who I want to read. Carl Hiassen has been on that list for ages: the covers of his books immediately catch my eye and his quirky, oddball humor sounds like we'd be a perfect match.

When an ARC of Chomp arrived on my doorstep last week, I immediately tore into it. Wahoo Cray (yes, that's his real name and he was named after the wrestler not the fish, thank you very much!) and his fa
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Bonnie
My daughter received this book as a wonderful birthday gift from a friend. We've read all of Hiassen's other kid's books (Flush, Scat, Hoot) and I've read the books he's written for adults. Hiassen is very "pro" about everything he loves; Florida, keeping the world clean (via recycling, picking up trash, not wasting things); golfing, writing, reading and politics. He hates theme amusement parks. There is always one really good main character (your protagonist) and one awful character (your antag ...more
Lynn
Carl Hiaasen wrote a very over the top novel for middle school age boys. I think they may enjoy it but my good will flagged as the book went on. I can see a multimillion dollar movie deal in his future, this book was a scenario for a clean Will Farrow movie. The idea that a poor dad would be hit over the head by a frozen dead iguanas falling out of a tree was sad and funny. The idea that a man from a naturalist TV show would try to eat a bat, be injured and that he could have rabies was not. The ...more
Alex Bennett
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Being a huge fan of Hoot, a film adaption of Carl Hiaasen's first novel, I was very eager to read Chomp when I saw it at the library. I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed it immensely and will continue to explore Hiaasen's works. Chomp explores a few profound issues, but stays true to the fact that it is a children's book. Really though, I think this one can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

The a
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Nic
Fun, funny audiobook. I'm impressed that Carl Hiaasen can write so well for kids, given that he made his name with books that are definitely not kid-friendly. I read Sick Puppy years ago, and it made me wonder how the heck this guy adapted to writing for young readers.

One thing I am curious about is what he might do to avoid excessive swearing in some of his other kids' books. This one definitely has some characters who seem like they might swear a lot in real life, but they don't do it here. Mi
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Andrea
I read Native Girl (adult Carl Hiaasen) and loved it. Hiassen's gift is the ability to put outrageous characters in outrageous situations and yet make the character, their actions and the situations all believable. He also creates an undertone of humor and lightheartedness - while dealing with some tough subjects e.g. murder, abuse, betrayal. His first kids book Hoot, was a Newbery winner and made into a popular movie. In Chomp, his soon to be released kids book, Hiassen doesn't disappoint. for ...more
Sarah
Carl Hiaasen's teen novels have a certain formula: a family with few resources but a lot of heart takes on an large industry that threatens the local wildlife. The formula, which always includes a great deal of humor and adventure, may be consistent, but it works. Hiassen changes it up this time, however, and makes our family a father/son animal wrangler duo with a private menagerie of exotic and south Florida native animals. Though the guys are looking to make money, they are hardly mercenaries ...more
Sharon Thomson
When I got this book I didn’t realise it was for children until I saw Orion Children’s Books on the cover. But this book is not purely for children. It’s for everyone.

Hiaasen has a great way of writing that uses words and then describes what he means (for the younger children’s benefit) without appearing condescending to other readers. He also relates difficult relationship situations that are you can empathise with, in a sincere and educational way. But he doesn’t moralise and preach, just teac
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Linda Lakshminaryanan
Frankly, I don't usually like Carl Hiassen's books, but then I have only read two ( maybe one and half) but i was given a pre publication copy to read of Chomp and found it to actually be all the things that people had been telling me Hiassen can be--funny, insightful, well written. The first sentence(go find it for yourself) is one of the best openers of all time.
My one complaint is the inclusion of the story of the girl and her abusive father. It added some tension in places but mostly seemed
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Jane Humane
Chomp doesn't have a 'save the animals message', however; the heroes of the story have a deep appreciation and respect for animals and its a strong theme throughout the book.
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live southern Florida.
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“Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head.” 15 likes
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