Chomp Your Way into This Funny Book
By Carl Hiaasen
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 293 pages
Wahoo has grown up surrounded by wild animals. His father, Mickey Cray, is a professional animal wrangler and works with alligators, monkeys, snakes, turtles and raccoons. Wahoo even had his finger bitten off by Alice, the gator. To earn some money, Wahoo signs his dad up to be a consultant for Expedition Everest, a popular reality television show. Chomp, by bestselling author Carl Hiaasen, is entertaining and funny. His sense of humor is one-of-a-kind. Set in the Florida Everglades, the story goes behind the scenes of reality TV. Wahoo and his dad must deal with Derek Badger, a star with a big ego who hasn’t ever performed his own stunts. But things are about to change. He insists on using actual wild animals during filming. What happens when a bat decides to “chomp” its way into a starring role? Young girls and boys will identify and like Wahoo and Tuna, his new friend who comes along for the ride and joins the Everglades expedition. Fast airboat rides, a gun-toting angry madman and adrenaline-pumping adventure are the name of the game. If you like Chomp, check out Hiaasen’s three other middle-school novels, Hoot, Flush and Scat.
Reviewed By Kathryn Franklin