Chomp. 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. A Rollicking Eco-Adventure from a Popular Author! Filled with his trademark quirky characters and offbeat humor, this novel by best-selling author Carl Hiaasen. reality TV. Read Common Sense Media’s Chomp review, age rating, and parents guide. Chomp Book Poster Image Carl Hiaasen ยท Adventure; Save.

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Hiaasen includes facts about the flora and fauna of the Florida Everglades as well as a strong environmental message. Wahoo’s dad, Mickey Cray, is an animal handler with a lot of respect for animals. Wahoo’s schoolmate, Tuna, is a girl who finds an escape from her abusive father by memorizing the Latin names of animals she discovers. Although nontraditional, Wahoo’s family is a strong and supportive one, and the bottom line is they all love each other.

Wahoo and his friend Tuna are the sane ones on the set of a reality show full of crazy adults. Wahoo’s level head and smarts keep his father’s animal wrangling business going so they can pay the mortgage.

He intervenes with clients, since his dad isn’t “a people person. Mickey Cray isn’t always a good father, but he consistently works to protect animals of all types.

Younger children will be uncomfortable with such a mean dad. A scene from the past is described, in which a younger Wahoo had his thumb bitten while feeding his dad’s pet alligator. Derek Badger bites a bat, but the bat is fine and escapes. A few instances of crude or strong language: Google Earth, TiVo, Facebook, and the iPhone are also mentioned in the context of making the story reflect current tween lives.

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An adult character is an often-cruel alcoholic. Tuna gives Mickey some prescription “pink pills” to get rid of his headache. They turn out to be a placebo. Wahoo gives bourbon to a python to distract it from eating Mickey’s leg.

Parents need to know that Chompa funny, sarcastic novel from the author of HootFlushand Scatis a perfect story for middle schoolers who are beginning to realize the world isn’t perfect.


Hy don’t always act responsibly, and many other adults are downright unethical, but the kid characters are remarkably levelheaded.

But there is some violence: There are also scenes of a young kid being bitten by a pet alligator and an adult biting a bat, but the bat escapes unhurt.


Add your rating See all 1 parent review. Add your rating See all 5 kid reviews. Wahoo Cray’s father makes his living as an animal handler, but due to a freak accident, hjaasen isn’t always able to work.

Wahoo talks him into taking a job working on the reality TV show Expedition Survival! Wildwhich is filming in the Florida Everglades. Although the star of the show, Derek Badger, turns out to be a fake, Wahoo pushes his father to stay with the show to earn enough money to save their house from foreclosure. To complicate matters, Wahoo’s schoolmate Tuna joins them to escape her abusive father. Carl Hiassen has a witty writing style and a sarcastic tone that’s both funny and revealing. He creates complex, offbeat characters using language that doesn’t talk down to tweens.

The lampooning of reality TV is hiassen and sarcastic, and there’s a nice twist on the Twilight series when Derek Badger is convinced that a bat bite has turned him into a vampire. Hiaasen creates brave but realistic kid characters who manage to solve problems and help set things right. He also portrays some unsavory characters — an abusive alcoholic father, greedy TV producers, and a fake TV star — who, although they often behave unethically, have elements of good, making them realistic and likeable rather than just silly.

Families can talk about how Derek Badger, the star of Expedition Survival! Why are TV stars portrayed as larger than life? What’s real and not real in reality shows? What other choices did Wahoo have besides helping Tuna run away from her abusive father?

Where could he have gone for help, and whom could he have talked to? How can you can protect wildlife in your area? Are there animals that are threatened due to interactions with humans? Common Sense Media’s unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers cbomp aren’t influenced by the product’s creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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Get it now on Searching for streaming hkaasen purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents’ guide to what’s in this book. What parents need to know Parents need to know that Chompa funny, sarcastic novel from the author of HootFlushand Scatis a perfect story for middle schoolers who are beginning to realize the world isn’t perfect.

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Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Hiaaaen of a 9 and 12 year old Written by jpolizo January 19, If you liked hoot You will probably like chomp.

My 10 year old is a challenged reader who is about two grade levels behind.

But he listened to this entire audio book in two day Kid, 11 years old August 2, Teen, 13 years old Written by wombatgirl May 14, Another really good book from Carl Hiaasen I read this book at age 13, after loving the other Carl Hiaasen books when I was younger.

I have learned about science, Florida ecosystems, monkeywrenching, and Is it any good? Talk to your kids about March 27, Publisher’s recommended age s: For kids who love tween stories. Best Books of the Decade comp Top 10 for Preteens and Young Teens. Best Tween TV Shows.

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