Chomp

By Carl Hiaasen

Jan 05, 2012 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Jack Wetzel

Genre: Adventure/Fiction

Number of pages: 293

What’s the basic story line?   

Animal trainer Mickey Cray suffers a concussion, and he is temporarily forced to stop working. However, when the rent is overdue, he accepts a job as an animal wrangler with a popular reality TV show, called Expedition Survival! His son, Wahoo, who is off from school for the summer, insists on joining him. During filming, Derek Badger, the unskilled star of the show, can’t get Mickey’s trained animals to cooperate, so he decides to the move production to Florida’s Everglades “to put the real back into reality.” With untrained animals, a troublemaking actor and a mistreated girl named Tuna who needs their help, things get out of hand. Will Mickey and Wahoo be able to survive Expedition Survival?                      

Were the characters believable?

Many characters were believable, yet some were not. Wahoo was convincing because although he was not a good student, he had a warm-heart and was a clever kid who cared for his father and others who needed his help. Mickey was somewhat believable because he had a fair amount of bad luck in his life, yet it was hard to believe that someone could like animals more than people. The only character that was not very realistic at all was Derek Badger. He was too clumsy, selfish and rude to believe as the star of a show about survivors. 

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a 9. It took a little while to get into it, but once you started reading, it was a fast-paced, suspenseful story. After every chapter there was always a cliffhanger that made you want to read more. If you liked Carl Hiaasen’s other books such as Hoot, Flush or Scat, you would definitely enjoy Chomp.