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Book Review: Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Book Review: Chomp by Carl Hiaasen - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Apr 20, 2012
( Rating: 3 Star Rating)

When Wahoo Cray’s family runs low on dough, he and his dad land a gig working as animal wranglers for phony TV survivalist Derek Badger. Kidzworld has the book review of Chomp by Carl Hiaasen.

Expedition Survival!

After an injury involving an iguana to the head, Mickey Cray has been unable to work. But now his family is running low on cash flow. His wife is forced to travel to China to teach English. Meanwhile, Mickey and his son Wahoo land a gig as animal wranglers with a big time TV Show called Expedition Survival! On the upside, they’ll be making big bucks. On the downside, the show’s star, Derek Badger, is a big phony bologna.

What a Phony!

Derek Badger pretends to be a survival expert, living in the wild without any luxuries. But when the cameras aren’t rolling, Derek cozies up in the best hotel available and dines on room service. To make matters worse, Derek insists on messing with Mickey Cray’s animals, which infuriates Mickey. Even though that nearly kills him, Derek thrives off the thrill and decides to only shoot with real wild animals from now on.

Tuna Troubles

On their way to their filming destination, Wahoo runs into Tuna, a girl from school, who has a black eye and lives with her alcoholic father in a trailer in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Mickey Cray insists that Tuna travel with them for the duration of the show. Tuna is excited. She admires Derek Badger, until she meets him of course. While filming on a remote island, things take a turn for the worst. Derek gets bitten by a bat and disappears in the jungle. Meanwhile, Tuna’s raging, gun-wielding father comes after her.

The Bottom Line

Chomp is a entertaining middle grade novel for boys. It’s definitely not the best kids book by author Carl Hiaasen, but it offers a solid adventure. We recommend this novel to anyone who loves nature and survival documentaries, or who just likes a quick, fast-paced read.

Chomp Rating: 3

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Would You Cut Off Your Arm?

  • For sure - I'd do whatever it takes to survive.
  • No way - I get too disgusted at the site of blood.
  • I never hike or camp alone - so hopefully someone could run for help and I wouldn't have to do it.

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AnnaOfExquizurd
(:P So for Hearth, I'm replacing him with Solomon Wreath from Skulduggery Pleasant . And Blitz is being replaced by Kotake from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ... except a slightly altered version of her, more of a reincarnation, since Link and Zelda are always reincarnated versions of the two same people. XD You can do the same sort of thing with your guys if you want to change the person in some sort of little way. I'll start writing as soon as you pick your dudes out.)
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unicornsrule626
(Yeah. Alrighty!!  Nooo waaay XD YAS!)
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AnnaOfExquizurd
(Since it's not an RP, it's kinda pointless to make forms. We can just divvy up characters to choose, and say, for example: "Magnus is Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. " If the other person doesn't know the character, they can research them a bit so they're more confident writing with them. So to make this completely random, I used a random number picker to assign characters to each of us. The randomness came up with you choosing the replacements for Magnus and Sam, and for me to do Hearth and Blitz.)
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unicornsrule626
"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote: (Nice! So we're doing  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard ? And, it'd be more fun to write this with fictional characters from other universes. If we were doing  The Sword of Summer , here's the people we would likely replace with some of those swapped dudes: Magnus Blitz Hearthstone Samirah Yeah? And since this would be considered a roleplay if we just took small turns, we'll write it in larger chunks and just leave off where the other continues, and choose where each of us keeps going. I could start it out after we determine the characters, if that was confusing.) (Yeah. ok! YAY you even listed the charactersssss!!! And that's exactly what i was thinking XD It was confusing. Should be make forms?......and you can start if you want XD) 
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