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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  18,665 ratings  ·  2,320 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
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2012)
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Rob Huntley Displaying reality TV as a misleading, manipulated medium. The star and so-called survivor is nothing of the sort.
Kayla If you like Carl Hiassen, then you will enjoy this book. It is adventurous, humorous, and age-less. Middle grade students through adult readers will e…moreIf you like Carl Hiassen, then you will enjoy this book. It is adventurous, humorous, and age-less. Middle grade students through adult readers will enjoy this story.(less)

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Dec 26, 2012 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
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
Apr 16, 2014 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
Classic Hiaasen young adult fare where wacky characters and bizarre plot lines tickle one’s funny bone while also communicating the lessons of respect for nature and animals, and personal integrity. In this offering, Derek Badger, the star of the reality TV show ‘Expedition Survival’ has decided to film his latest adventure in the Everglades. His production company hires the animal wrangler, Mickey Cray, to provide live animals and Everglade natural history expertise. His 14-year-old son, Wahoo, ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished-in-2012, ya
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
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as funny as I was hoping for.
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 :-)
Middle Grade March. RTC
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A teen and his animal wrangler father get a job with a TV survivalist show. The survivalist is not the man he presents himself to be on TV, which leads to all sorts of comical outcomes as they shoot scenes in Florida's Everglades. It's not all comedy though. There's a good amount of action and crime as well. Hiaasen has a good understanding of the kinds of weird people that populate Florida (I know since I'm from there), so all of the characters feel authentic even though they are all over the t ...more
I loved this book!

Chomp is about a father (Mickey Cray) and son (Wahoo Cray) and their adventure on a reality series called "Expedition Survival!" (which is actually a parody of Man vs Wild, I learned some very shocking revelations about these wildlife reality series).

So, Mickey was injured shortly before by an iguana falling on his head and is suffering the after-effects of a serious concussion and Wahoo take cares of his father. Wahoo is the only one who can control Mickey's temper. I loved th
Dec 09, 2012 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
Mar 20, 2015 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
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
Ana Spoke
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Mar 31, 2012 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 re
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
John Hollenkamp
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carl Hiaasen's story about a reality 'survival' hero, TV star is one of most fun reads I've had in a long time. Very readable, dry humour mixed with a few weird scenarios made this read very enjoyable.
The Captain
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! A while back I was introduced to this author because of a cat on the cover of scat. I enjoyed that book so much that I decided to listen to all of Hiaasen’s other juvenile books. This be a review of the other four books: hoot, flush, chomp, squirm. These books have some common themes. All of them involve a young boy who lives in Florida, gets bullied, loves animals, has a quirky sense of humor, makes new friends, and saves the day. Weird names also seem to be a trend. While ...more
Wing Kee
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peak Hiaasen!

World: The world building is awesome, it is a play on ‘Man vs. Wild’ and takes a shot at the genre and reality tv as a whole and it’s done so well in Hiaasen fashion. The pieces that Hiaasen creates here are typical him with the satire and the larger than life characters and locales with the tone of the book really set by the world. This is a strange quirky Florida and it’s beautiful to read it.

Story: The story is simple, the premise is pure Hiaasen with all the familiar pieces that
Brenda A
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I was very hesitant to try this. Carl Hiaasen has a large amount of his books available through the library as audiobooks and I've been adding them all on to my wishlist each time I see them. But it's been a year since I added the last one and I'm only just now touching one of the books; I was paranoid I would hate them.

I needn't have worried. Chomp was surprisingly heartfelt and funny. An iguana falling on a man's head and causing a nasty concussion. A stuffed alligator on a log. A ridiculous r
✨ Gramy ✨
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is found in the children’s section of the library, which I am beginning to discover contains lots of enjoyable reading material. This was a decent and entertaining book based in the Florida everglades. The characters were believable even though not within my realm of reality. It introduced problems without going into extraneous details inappropriate for children and not needed to understand the complexity of the situations. The odd ball characters and the in depth details about the wil ...more
Avery Miller
Nov 25, 2015 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
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought it a great book. I like the guy named Jared Gordon. You should read it.
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book about 3 years ago.
This book was very interesting. The connection between the characters was strong and in general, the story plot was simple yet fun. Wahoo's name is already extraordinary however when you hear his father is an animal wrangler and they live in a zoo your eyes open widely.
Garrison Kelly
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mickey Cray and his son Wahoo are professional animal wranglers who need to scrape up as much money as they can to avoid foreclosure. Their opportunity at financial salvation comes in the form of Derek Badger, a reality TV survivalist who wants to use the Cray family’s reptiles as creative fuel for his show. When the egotistical Derek wants more convincing footage, he, the TV crew, and the Crays venture out into the Everglades, where the animals are wilder and more likely to bite something off. ...more
Mal Warwick
Apr 06, 2012 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
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Chomp is a 'real Florida' kind of story with lots of humor and is definitely worth the read.

This review was originally shared on Lazy Day Literature

Carl Hiassen has been on my radar for a few years now and I'm surprised that it wasn't sooner considering that I grew up in Florida. I've been eager to read something by him and especially wanted this cover with the alligator to take on my nature hikes around Florida that sometimes do include gator sightings. All for bookstagram, of course.

I took th
Sandra Stiles
Mar 13, 2012 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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he joined the Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. As a journalist and author, Carl has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family live in southern ...more

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