Review: Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Author: Carl Hiaasen
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wahoo Cray certainly has an interesting life: his mom teaches Chinese to corporations, his sister is at college learning to be a lawyer and his dad is a wild life wrangler! Yep, a wild life wrangler! That means their backyard is FULL of wild animals. This includes their most beloved pet Alice who just happens to be a 15-foot alligator!

When Wahoo's family falls farther and farther behind in their bills after a freak accident involving his father and an iguana, Wahoo takes it upon himself to accept a job for his dad with a Reality TV Show, Expedition Survival. They soon learn that the main character and "survivalist" is nothing but a fake phony who's not too bright and behaves like a large child most of the time.

Will Wahoo and his father be able to keep the show's star, Derek Badger, from getting himself seriously hurt in the Everglades when he decides to go "real" with his show? Or will there be more disasters and mayhem involving the main character? Check it out to find out!

My thoughts: "Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head. The iguana, which had died during a hard freeze, was stiff as a board and weighed seven and a half pounds." These are the 1st two sentences in the book! They completely hooked me! 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! Then when Tuna gets involved it just gets better. I loved the family dynamics in this story; they just seemed so real to me compared to other stories that just work so hard at it and then fail. Hiassen hit the nail on the head there. It did make me seriously question shows like Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin though. A great big dose of media literacy that I wasn't expecting at all from a fiction book!

Final thoughts: Delightful & full of non-stop adventure from cover to cover!
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  1. Lol! I haven't heard of this book before, it sounds hilarious...and different! Great review; I'll have a look into this one.


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