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Chomp [Paperback]

Carl Hiaasen
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Book Description

2 May 2013

Wahoo Cray has grown up with a zoo in his backyard - alligators, snakes, rats, monkeys, parrots, but it's his dad who's the unpredictable critter. 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 to keep his dad from killing the show's inept star Derek Badger, who insists on using real wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna, a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out. They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties promptly get lost themselves. And Tuna's dad shows up with a gun...

It's anyone's guess who will actually survive EXPEDITION SURVIVAL!


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (2 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444006452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444006452
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You, and three bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush and Scat. They have been translated into 34 languages, 33 more than he can read or write. Carl Hiaasen also writes an award-winning column for The Miami Herald.

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Satire is a powerful weapon in the hands of an expert , and you're more likely to laugh out loud than cry during this book because the situations the characters get themselves into are so utterly off-the-wall... well worth a look. (THE BOOK BAG 2012-03-13)

An hilarious, edge of your seat read. Animal lovers everywhere will love this great story about dangerous creatures, which also gives a behind the scenes look at how the worst TV shows are made. (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING4KIDS 2012-04-01)

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The latest hilarious Hiaasen novel about an animal wrangler whose career takes an unusual turn in the world of reality TV when he is hit on the head by a frozen iguana.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Fingerland - a romp in the swamp 16 April 2012
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Chomp" should get five stars for the nifty cover design alone, but the witty and unflagging intelligence of the content certainly cements the rating. Social commentator and satirist Hiaasen takes aim at one of his favorite general categories of offender in this book--the Phony; in this case, an over-the-hill TV nature "explorer" with a penchant for making grisly meals of his animal costars. Much of the action is set in the Florida Everglades, where the self-named Derek Badger has come to shoot a survival flick that pits him against the local fauna. In most cases, Badger's fauna opponents are tame and rented, but this time around the big man (aiming for a major raise in his contract salary) insists on real wild animals in order to boost the action and excitement. In true Hiaasen fashion, things go downhill for the poser pretty quickly after that.

The book has a full contingent of wonderful characters, with two high school age kids fronting as the main protagonists. The adults on board are a mix of principled and venal, but nothing as crazy wild as is the norm for some of Hiaasen's adult books. In many ways, the animal characters are the biggest stars and will certainly be a big hit with the young readers of the book. The cast includes a monster alligator (Alice), a humongous python (Beulah), a wild bat and a wild water snake. The basic message to the readers is even these fearsome creatures are not so dangerous if left alone and observed from a respectful distance.

The author gives his story line enough edge to keep it interesting and moving along at a good pace, but no one suffers the kind of torments and painful death that is often on offer for villains in the adult books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By n7misc TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a cute book. The author is witty and not a little silly and has written a great yarn for the over 8s. Hiaasen clearly has an agenda - his pro ecology message is not subtle - but he makes up for the lack of nuance with some laugh out loud moments and a story that covers some rather sensitive issues around parenting. I gave this to my 9 year old niece who enjoyed it but thought it might be more of a boys book... as a 40 year old woman I enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I believe this book will have very wide appeal. It is silly in a crazy-fun way and had me laughing out loud (which isn't great on the bus ...). It also doesn't have any elements which are unsuitable for the tween crowd, whilst also being likely to amuse teens as well. At the same time, it is thought-provoking about more serious themes including environmentalism and media responsibility.

Wahoo is a great character, and the story is mostly focused on him and his interactions with the world. Responsible and cautious, he takes care of his father who is not really functioning after having had a frozen iguana fall on his head. This is one of those stories where the grown ups can be less sensible and more problematic than the kids, and chaos naturally ensues.

The writing is drily witty, achieving hilarity without overdoing the silliness (I write as one who didn't enjoy Mr Gum - please no hate mail). Catastrophes are piled up with no regard to the bounds of realism, but the writing is strong enough that it really doesn't matter. Although several situations in the book are patently unlikely, I remained completely lost in its world, simply enjoying the ride.

Having been cheered up enormously losing myself in Wahoo and co's misadventures, I would urge you to read this. Boys and girls, kids and grown ups: there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another wallow in the Everglades 30 Jan 2012
By Paul Lynch VINE VOICE
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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about the Florida swamps for a good few years now, both for adults and, more recently, for children. Chomp is the latest of these, centred around Wahoo, the fish-named son of an animal wrangler, his father Mickey, and a runaway girl called Tuna, as well as the people they encounter while trying to assist a TV reality show. The Chomp of the title refers to Alice, the largest and laziest alligator in captivity, although Alice is only very briefly present in the story.

As always in Hiaasen's books, there is a strong eco-friendly theme, to the point of absurdity. The eco-warriors are blameless fanatics, and anyone who disagrees with them is evil. The action is surreal, and participants blunder from disaster to disaster, to humorous effect. The caricature of the "survivalist" host of the TV show is especially cruel, no doubt deservedly so, and specifically references both Steve Irwin and Bear Grylls.

As always, we are drawn in to sympathise with the main players, and Hiaasen maintains a consistent pace throughout. Above all, Chomp is fun! In common with his other children's books, there are strong educational, ecological and moral messages on every page - in an amusing contrast to his adult novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gator fans will love this adventure 15 April 2012
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a really modern type of Boys Own Adventure story set in the Florida Swamps. I don't know for sure if it would appeal to girls, but it would be worth a try as it is a very good story.
The author Carl Hiaasen writes books for both children and adults. He was born and raised in Florida so the Everglades setting to the story is very authentic.

Here we have a boy called Wahoo, (named after a professional wrestler), whose father is Mickey Cray an animal wrangler -which just means handler, I didn't know and had to look that up-.
Mickey has a most bizarre collection of animals, my own favourite was Alice the alligator. She is a massive three metre gator and is wanted to appear in the next Derek Badger TV series, who is the star in one of those wild life adventure programmes rather like our own Bear Grylls except that Derek Badger is mostly a fake. He is an arrogant man, who is self deluded about what he can actually do in real life and what is really clever photography and good editing.
There is a lot of humour in this story, which moves along at a good pace. The jokes are at the expense of the adults which will definitely appeal to children and young teens.
There is a lot of info on alligators and other creatures so this book will have a lot of appeal for anyone interested in this part of nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chomp (Carl Hiaasen) - Review
I chose five stars for the plot and the background plot of the TV star, 'Derek Badger'. The story was really gripping, and I could not get off my Kindle for the three weeks I read... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Malachy Lush
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, not one of his best
Easy to read but not Haissen's best. If you've not read any of his work start with Stormy Weather or Sick Puppy. They're both excellent.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. E. J. A. Gladman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hiaasen masterpiece
It helps having visited the places Carl describes but its not essential as his graphic detail is superb. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julie Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Carl Hiaasen books
I have been a fan of Carl Hiaasen for years always enjoyed especially his sense of humour plus the fun plots.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia O'Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiaasen never dissapoints!
Couldn't put it down. Always a pleasure to read his books. The wonderful funny world of Carl Hiaasen never disappoints!!
Published 7 months ago by Lynne Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Chomp
Another brilliantly written Carl Hiaasen novel! Can't wait to read the next one! Humour and drama in Florida invites you to go visit!
Published 8 months ago by sandra gannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Still producing hilarious books
This was a real page-turner and I zipped through it in just a couple of sittings. Hiaasen has a knack for creating unforgettable characters and plots that are so wild that you're... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mikel
4.0 out of 5 stars A fake TV hero, a murderous parent, wild animals - what can possibly...
Carl Hiaasen's readers should not expect total fidelity to life as we know it - even out with the alligators in the Everglades. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. M. Sinstadt
4.0 out of 5 stars Chomping good read
Nice easy read, entertaining and not to taxing. Great tube fodder encourages you to flip through at a good rate.
Published 10 months ago by Reader 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud moments
I haven't read a Carl Hiassen book for ages and needed some light entertainment which is what this story was.
Published 10 months ago by Angiem
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