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Publisher's Summary

The hysterical number one New York Times best seller from Newbery honoree Carl Hiaasen featuring gators, snakes, bats that bite, and reality show hosts gone wild!

When Wahoo Cray’s dad - a professional animal wrangler - 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 father from killing Derek Badger, the show's inept and egotistical star. But the job keeps getting more complicated: Derek Badger 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 father 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...

©2012 Carl Hiaasen (P)2012 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot (2002) features a shy, deep-feeling protagonist who’s also a pragmatist and plenty of nature info and age-appropriate cultural commentary…. Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.” (Kirkus)

“Only in Florida - and in the fiction of its native son Carl Hiaasen - does a dead iguana fall from a palm tree and kill somebody.” (New York Post)

Chomp is a delightful laugh-out-loud sendup of the surreality of TV that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.” (Los Angeles Times)

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  • 09-03-2015

A heart-warming laugh for the whole family

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chomp?

My children (8 & 14 years) laughed their heads off when Derek Badger believes he has become a vampire.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The whole family laughed a lot. Beneath the humour, there are some difficult topics for especially younger child listeners, such a child-beating drunken father and a child who has to deal with his father's ill health. The children are the most inspiring characters in this and the author's other children's stories- they are funny, warm and brave and trying to think on their feet to deal with difficult circumstances.

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I am unsure why some reviewers have struggled to understand the narrator, who has an appropriately american accent. My British children had no problem understanding his narration, so other native english-speakers should be fine. I really quite liked his low-key delivery.

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  • 13-06-2013

Not just for kids

I've read and listened to Carl Hiaasen books for a couple of years now, after picking up one of his books from the library and falling in love with his wit and narrative. Although rated as a children's book, adult fans of the author''s other books will feel equally at home with "Chomp". The opening line alone makes it worth a read and the rest is pure Hiaasen, extremely well performed by James Van Der Beek.

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  • 24-12-2012

A light-hearted treat

Engaging, funny, warm-hearted and well read. An attractive anecdote to all the endless gruesome serial killer thrillers knocking about.

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  • 13-08-2019

Good listen

Excellent.well read .good story. Informative.comical.mAkes the time pass quickly.most enjoyable.
Would certainly reccomen it! !!!

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  • 07-03-2016

classic Hiassen!

whenever I need cheering up -a Carl Hiassen novel never fails to leave me chuckling! tjis is great, rediculous fun!

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