Chomp by Carl Hiaasen


Written by Carl Hiaasen

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April 2012 Book of the Month.

An hilarious, edge-of-your seat read. Animal lovers everywhere will love this great story about dangerous creatures which also gives a behind the scenes look at how the worst TV shows are made. Wahoo’s Dad has a great collection of animals which he lets out for work in films and TV. Dad knows everything there is to know about his creatures and Wahoo is pretty skilled too. When they are approached by a huge hit TV show to provide some dangerous creatures they agree – on their own terms. But neither Wahoo nor Dad had accounted for how you deal with a man like Derek Badger, the vain front-man of the show. Hilarious things happen as Derek tries his luck against several animals – including wrestling with an alligator – and there are no prizes for guessing who gets chomped!

If you liked Chomp, click here to find out about Scat by the same author.


Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Hilarious new Hiaasen about an animal wrangler whose career takes an unusual turn in the world of reality TV when he is hit on the head by a frozen iguana.

Wahoo Cray has grown up with a zoo in his backyard - alligators, snakes, rats, monkeys, parrots, but it's his dad who's the unpredictable critter. When his dad 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 dad from killing the show's inept star Derek Badger, who insists on using real wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna, a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man 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 promptly get lost themselves. And Tuna's dad shows up with a gun...


'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

' thing is sure: you will never, ever, ever watch another one of those man-in-the-wilderness survival shows the same way!' The Bookbag

' of the funniest writers around, of mysteries or otherwise, with a brilliant eye for all that’s quirky in both character and situation' - Criminal Element blog

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of ten novels for adults, including Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Lucky You, Stormy Weather and Basket Case. His first novel for younger readers, Hoot, was a bestselling success and Scat reached no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list. He also writes a twice weekly metropolitan column for the Miami Herald.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

5th April 2012




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