Chomp by Carl Hiaasen


17 Critic Reviews

Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.


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—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using 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 head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun . . .

It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival". . . .

About Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Sick Puppy and Nature Girl.Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Hiaasen's work at
Published March 27, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Current Affairs, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 17 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 5


Dec 01 2011

Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.

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Reviewed by Patrick on May 09 2012

The book feels as if Carl Hiaasen has got really excited and written the whole thing in one night. It's a bit patronising...

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 09 2012

Not as tightly constructed as Hoot and tamer than Flush, but still pretty hilarious.

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LA Times

Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Mar 18 2012

"Chomp" is a delightful laugh-out-loud sendup of the surreality of TV that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

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The Washington Post

Reviewed by Tracy Grant on Mar 29 2012

They also carry important environmental lessons for kids.

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The Bookbag

Reviewed by Linda Lawlor

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.

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Kidz World

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Apr 20 2012

It’s definitely not the best kids book by author Carl Hiaasen, but it offers a solid adventure.

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Below average
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Mar 21 2012

At times. . .the plot crosses the line into absurdity.

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Reviewed by Chris Vaughn on Apr 18 2012

But Hiaasen has a way of making even his young-reader books appeal to a much wider age range, perhaps because he has toiled in the mass-market newspapering world of The Miami Herald for more than 30 years.

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Reviewed by Matt DeLaPena on Mar 26 2012

The real satisfaction, however, is not so much in the book’s humor but in its truth.

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Pure Textuality

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Reviewed by Heather on Mar 26 2012

I get that Carl’s books are meant to be quirky, but Chomp was a bit TOO quirky for me.

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Criminal Element

Reviewed by Victoria Janssen on Mar 06 2012

Hiaasen’s journalistic background left its mark on the story, too, in that I almost believed the characters and the world he’d created were real.

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Buried Under Books

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor

Carl Hiaasen never fails to be entertaining and Chomp is no exception.

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Reviewed by Mal Warwick on Apr 06 2012

Still, the book was amusing, the characters rooted in a true if cockeyed version of reality, and the plot was rich.

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The Musings of a Book Addict

Reviewed by Sandra Stiles on Mar 13 2012

I can’t wait to put this on my shelf at school.

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Libby Blog

Reviewed by Marmaladelibby on Mar 12 2012

Hilarious and fun all at once. Meeting this interesting family who lives with wild animals was one of the most fun reads I've had in quite some time!

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Warren County Living

Reviewed by Susan Aikens

Be assured that Carl Hiaasen always delivers an exciting, fast-paced story full of great characters and a unique sense of place.

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