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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  10,678 ratings  ·  1,456 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—
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
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
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 :'(
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

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
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
Dec 10, 2012 M K rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Kitty Honeycutt
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’
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
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.
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.
Ally M
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'
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
Carter Peterson
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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
Nicholas Culley
Mickey Cray, his son Wahoo, and his wife Susan, run their very own wild life reserve, out of their backyard, because of Mickey's love for animals. They pick up odd jobs, like having one of their animals star in TV commercials, to try to save their house from the bank. When Mickey and his Wahoo are hired by a very popular TV show called "Expedition Survival!", their job is to travel with the crew of the show to the everglades, and protect the so called survivalist from possible attacks from wild ...more
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
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
Jul 23, 2012 Beverly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11-14 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: indie next list/
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
Momina Mustaquim
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
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
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
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
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

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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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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