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Chomp

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  12,598 Ratings  ·  1,680 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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Audiobook, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2012)
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Grace I would say the theme is appearances can be deceiving, be humble, and there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.
Andrew I like it and I only have read 1 page its a better book for people in middle school or elemtrey and I cant spell sorry but I mean if you over the age…moreI like it and I only have read 1 page its a better book for people in middle school or elemtrey and I cant spell sorry but I mean if you over the age 15 I think you won't like it and I now will not read any more coments relaeting to this amazing book :D(less)
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John
Dec 26, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Jonathan Peto
Jun 27, 2014 Jonathan Peto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ken
Mar 26, 2012 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Andrea Izquierdo (Andreo Rowling)
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 :'(
Viv JM
As you'd expect from Hiaasen - plenty of colourful characters and ridiculously funny situations set in the swamps of the Everglades. And, of course, Nature always wins out over stupid people.

I read this young adult title with my 11 year old son. His rating was 4.5, mine 3.5 so we compromised with 4 stars :-)
Laura
Apr 08, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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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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Sara
Mar 31, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Avery Miller
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
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.
Zeke
Oct 22, 2015 Zeke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it a great book. I like the guy named Jared Gordon. You should read it.
Ava
Jul 14, 2016 Ava rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book about 3 years ago.
Vlin
Nov 13, 2015 Vlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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

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  ·  review of another edition
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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Kitty Honeycutt
Jul 15, 2012 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2015 Heather Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jaina
Jun 19, 2016 Jaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

I got a copy of this book through Barnes & Noble's summer reading program, basically because it was the only option that looked semi-decent and wasn't already snapped up by my siblings.

And I'm very glad I did get Chomp, because it is awesome.

Seriously, it's got so much going on and is so hilarious - but so deep at the same time. Wahoo's friend Tuna is dealing with some very serious stuff when it comes to her father, and I love to see h
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Katie Brown
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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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. 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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