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Chomp

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,363 Ratings  ·  1,539 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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Jennifer
My family watches a good amount of survival-skills TV, with Survivorman and Naked and Afraid being our favorites. So when we realized Chomp's plot integrates a similar survival-themed TV show, we were pretty excited. Of course the show featured in this book is from Mr. Hiaasen's imagination, but in my opinion it strongly resembles one particular survivalist's show (that I shall not name). It happens to be a show I won't watch because I think it's strategically and non-spontaneously scripted and ...more
John
Dec 26, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
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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Jonathan Peto
Jun 27, 2014 Jonathan Peto rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, ya
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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Andreo Rowling
Sep 25, 2015 Andreo Rowling rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, septiembre
Me ha costado engancharme a la trama y a los personajes. Tiene sus puntos divertidos y originales, pero la historia me ha parecido poco creíble y no he conseguido conectar con ella :'(
Newengland
Mar 26, 2012 Newengland rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2012
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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Laura
Apr 08, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it

Chomp was a fun, wacky ride through the Florida Everglades. Gators, bats, iguanas, and boys named Wahoo! What’s not to like? :)

Wahoo’s family owns an animal wrangler business. Their backyard is full of fun—from turtles to snakes to alligators. A way of life that amazed me! Wahoo and his Dad are so used to the scratches, tangles and chomps from the animals. Just ask Wahoo about his thumb! Haha…It was fun to hear them talk about all the animals like family. A big, slithering, biting family that c
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Sara
Mar 31, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
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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M K
Dec 10, 2012 M K rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 4th grade boys
Shelves: 2012, kids
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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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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Avery Miller
Nov 25, 2015 Avery Miller rated it liked it
I really love Carl Hiaasen, but this book fell short compared to his others. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading it. In fact, it was one of my favorite books that i have read in awhile. The only reason why I don't fully support it, is because of the annoying use of dialogue. I am pretty sure that not everyone from Florida actually speaks in a southern tone so much as to make one sick. I would recommend this book, but I also would like to warn anyone whom is planning to read this, that t ...more
Alison Smith
Jul 17, 2015 Alison Smith rated it liked it
I always enjoy Carl Iaasen - this was an easy read: the usual Hiaasen criminal mayhem down in the Florida Keys - highly entertaining. This time round he mercilessly lampoons the fakery of soi-called "reality" wildlife TV programmes. Worth reading for this aspect alone.
Vlin
Nov 13, 2015 Vlin rated it it was amazing
Literally, I cant.
I CAN'T, IT'S TOO GOOD.

What can I say people? The best book ever! I feel really bad of how I doubted Carl Hiaasen's style of writing. Seriously, I thought this would be an ordinary and boring realistic fiction book. But then I realized that I was wrong, TOTALLY wrong.

It involves a young boy named Wahoo, living with his crazy father, Mickey Cray, and his mom, Susan. They live in a house, with a backyard full or slimy reptiles with scales and different animals. Susan decides to
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Mal Warwick
Apr 06, 2012 Mal Warwick rated it liked it
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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Sandra Stiles
Mar 13, 2012 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing

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
Dec 05, 2012 Momina rated it it was amazing
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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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 Honeycutt
Jul 15, 2012 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing
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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Lynn
Apr 17, 2012 Lynn rated it it was ok
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
Collette
Oct 25, 2015 Collette rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
What a fun adventure story. It's full of PG action and animal facts. If you've got a mid-grade elementary student on up that like either of those, they might really like this.
Kate
Aug 23, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
Hiaasen is addictive as kid lit or grownup lit - and Chomp has all his trademarks, with characters to love or hate, kooky scenarios and lots of Florida wildlife. This time we travel the Everglades with a boy, a girl, an animal wrangler, and the fakest of fake reality show stars. To the Caudill committee:how could you pick a book this great alongside the drivel that was Michael Vey? Hiaasen's good writing was a great comfort as I plow through my summer homework. Awesome silliness.
Marius
Jan 14, 2016 Marius rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing and personally the most action packed book made by Carl Hiaasen. It is about a boy and his father who go and help a famous tv star named Derek Badger from the wildlife channel. They help him wrangle animals for the stunts and activites he does with the animals along with giving information about them. But then Mickey(the boy) meets characters along the way like Tuna a girl in the Mickeys class that causes a major conflict when they are up in the Everglade to film the show w ...more
Ally M
Mar 24, 2015 Ally M rated it really liked it
Looking for a wild book full of crazy twists and turns? If you are, then you should definately read the book "Chomp" by Carl Hiaason.
The book contains many different details why one might like the book. There are always unusual characters, strange things happening on every page, and there is never a dull part! This book, like all of Hiaason's book, keeps you wondering, "what is happening next?"
Yes, you may be thinking, "why read a long, boring book like this?", but the simple answer is, it isn'
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Heather Johnson (The Lemon Librarian)
3.5 Stars for me.

This is the first book I have read by Hiaasen, and I certainly enjoy his characterization. Each character had personality, whether you liked him/her or not. Although, most of the characters had a bit of goofiness and charm that seemed to be presented for a younger, intermediate audience (with the exception of Tuna's father).

Even though the characters were charming, I could not believe the maturity of the main character, Wahoo. He's a middle school boy, right? I doubt a middle s
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Carter Peterson
Feb 26, 2015 Carter Peterson rated it it was amazing
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Jonathan Da-silva
Apr 30, 2014 Jonathan Da-silva rated it it was amazing
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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
Zeke
Oct 22, 2015 Zeke rated it really liked it
I thought it a great book. I like the guy named Jared Gordon. You should read it.
Katie Brown
Mar 12, 2015 Katie Brown rated it liked it
Chomp is a great book made by a great author. Carl Hiaasen, the author, I think didn't do as good of a job o this book compared to the rest of the books of his I have read. It was boring in the middle and I wanted to stop reading it but in the end it was mostly interesting.
Chomp is about a boy named, Wahoo. Wahoo's dad works with wildlife animals and trains these wild animals to act they are in a zoo. Wahoo and his family are in a bind. They are not paying bills because Wahoo's dad is out of
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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
Mar 29, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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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Beverly
Jul 23, 2012 Beverly rated it liked it
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
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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 in southern Florida.
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