The hysterical #1 New York Times bestseller 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. . .

“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

Chomp shines in its humorous, subtle tweaks on pop culture. . . . The real satisfaction, however, is not so much in the book’s humor but in its truth.” —Time Out Chicago Kids
Published on May 2, 2013 by Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
ISBN-10: 1444006452
ISBN-13: 9781444006452
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  • shadowstabber
    shadowstabberSunday, April 16, 2017 at 7:05 am55 stars
    It is a great book about a wrangler and his son
    • mattawesomepant
      mattawesomepantSunday, April 2, 2017 at 5:20 am44 stars
      loved the adventure and alternate cover
      • krish68
        krish68Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11:05 am
        Chomp Do you like books that are funny? If so, Chomp is a good book for you! Chomp was written by Carl Hiaasen. The theme of the book is Man vs. Nature. I really liked this book and rate it 5 stars. The book is introduced with Mickey Cray, who suffered from a serious concussion that put him out of work. He lives in Florida and he has a son named Wahoo (as in the type of fish). Wahoo’s mom goes away for work, so Wahoo is left with his dad. After Wahoo’s mom leaves, Mickey is offered a job on a T.V nature show watching over some animals. Some of his animals from his backyard are also going to be on the same show. The issue is the star of the show, Derek Badger, is a total faker. The whole show is planned out. Another problem is that Derek and Mickey are polar opposites. Mickey protects the environment while Derek only cares about the T.V show and eats all the animals which are mostly fake. As a reader of almost all of Hiaasen’s books, I predicted this will cause a lot of tension, and I was right. Mickey is constantly calling Derek, “Derek Beaver” and Derek is always getting mad at Mickey when one of the animals attack him. This book is very similar to ​Hoot​ and ​Scat, two other Hiaasen books, which are both very good. ​Three Times Lucky ​by Sheila Turnage is also similar to ​Chomp.​ Anybody who is looking for a humorous book to read should read ​Chomp​. I highly recommend it.
        • arna12345
          arna12345Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 11:02 am
          Expedition Survival crew  Derek Badger a t.v star  Tuna one of Wahoo’s friends     After Mr. Cray got hit in the head with a dead iguana the Crays have been have no a rough  time. There mom left for China and Mr. Cray had been getting lots of headaches and problems.  Also they have lots of animals since Mr. Cray is an animal wrangler. The Crays needed money  so there mom left for work in China and Mr. Cray got a call from this t.v show called S urvival​   because they wanted to use his animals for the show. But Mr. Cray is very protective of  his animals. Then one day the star of the show w ith one of Mr. Crays animals, a alligator named Alice. The star almost got himself killed by  doing that so Mr. Cray had to save him. After Derek Badger saw the video he want to do the  whole show wild. So the next day the whole crew left for the everglades. While the Cray’s were  at Walmart looking for items to bring with on the camping trip they met Tuna. Tuna had a black  eye from when her dad slugged her in the eye. Wahoo wouldn't let her stay in these conditions  so he asked her to come with them. She agreed to come with since Wahoo told her about the  job with ​ E xpedition Survival ​ a nd it turns out that Tuna likes that shows ight they load the air boats and take a look at the filming area. That night Wahoo and Tuna  sneak out and see what the ​ E xpedition Survival crew o ut to use the bathroom. The cameraman is over Wahoo and Tuna so Wahoo makes a rustle  noise the cameraman runs away and Wahoo and Tuna run away. Tuna finds out that a lot of the  things she sees on t.v is fake. Derek Badger stays in a five star hotel instead of camping out. On  day after the shoot the being intro they find out a storm is coming there way. Wahoo and Tuna  are talking about her dad and what he did to buy Wahoo gets mad and leaves the tent. Raven  Stark sees him out in the rain and offers him a jacket he puts it on and Raven ask why is he  standing out in the rain. Wahoo says he's upset. He asked if he could use the phone to call his  mom. Then he went back or the camp. Later that night the storm came. It turns out the main t.v  star went missing. Will they find him or will they all get lost?    I’ve watched some survival shows before like ​ D ual Survival p lot beside the fact that they don't come parachuting on too the island. The author has written  three other books ​ H oot​   is one which is has won the Newbery honor award. People who are into  goodreads and funny sort of crazy adventurous type of books. I would recommend watching a  survival show before reading the book so you can get a understanding of what it's like.     I hope that you will ​ C homp ​ r ight into this book.
          • punisher8235
            punisher8235Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm
            It's a really sad story of how a family didn't have enough money to buy food for a lot of animals in their backyard. So they had to take a job from a local TV star that wants to kind of hurt the animals but not actually hurting them.
            • kishan
              kishanMonday, November 2, 2015 at 9:03 am
              My opinion of this book is that it is amazing and it defently deserves the Rebecca Caudill award.
              • zznaenae11
                zznaenae11Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 8:21 am44 stars
                This book is so interesting but i have to take it back like this week.I'm going to get done with it before I take it back. WOWWWWWW
                • ramison
                  ramisonWednesday, September 30, 2015 at 8:56 am44 stars
                  The title of the book I read is Chomp by Mark Haissen. The book is about a family named the Crays and they are very low on money. Wahoo's mother, Susan Cray, goes on a trip to China to see if she can earn some money. Mickey Cray, the father of Wahoo, had a serious concussion about 5 months ago. When the producer of Expedition Survival! calls, Wahoo accepts the job right away. The producer of the show wanted to use the Cray's animals in their backyard for their next big shoot. My opinion of the book is that it is a very interesting book. In the last 40 pages, it started getting very good. Some evidence for this is that in the last 40 pages, Jared Gordon has Mickey Cray hostage with a gun to his back at all times. In the beginning, it was very slow and a little hard to understand but once I read it over a couple of times, I would understand what the Mark Haissen was trying to tell me. At the end, the author tried getting the suspense going right until the last word of the book. The genre is realistic fiction because some TV producer could actually make a show called Expedition Survival! and make it a very popular show. Another thing that was also realistic was that the Crays has a mini zoo in their backyard and someone in the world can have that. A person that would like to read this book is a person that likes suspense and a little humor. Also, the person might like to have a high understanding of some hard words. An internal conflict in Mickey Cray is that he has a major concussion and he gets headaches all the time so he has to sit down once in awhile instead of being in on the action. An external conflict in the book is that Mickey Cray is being held hostage with a gun to his back at all times.
                  • kyliejener
                    kyliejenerTuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm
                    The name of my book is Chomp by Carl Hiaasen. This book is about a kid named Wahoo and his dad named Mickey. Wahoo's dad recently got his skull cracked by a dead iguana that had fallen from a tree. Wahoo's Mom now works in China. Then one day a tv show calls Mickey Cray and Wahoo and they agree to let the tv show film with there animals. The tv show comes to the Cray's backyard and films with their animals. There are so many mistakes that the tv show decided then to hire Mickey cray as a wrangler and film the show in the real Everglades and they also take an abused girl named Tuna who is a huge fan of the tv show and from then on many twists and turns await them. I enjoyed this book beaches of the comedy and adventure in the book. There a lot of great sarcastic jokes and plain just really funny jokes. Also while the recording of the tv show there are a lot of small adventures in this part of the book. That is why I enjoyed this book. This book is realistic fiction because there was not actual a kid and his dad who had a zoo in there backyard and the kids mom worked in China and that the dad got his skull cracked by a dead iguana, also get a job for a fake survival tv show. But this can happen in real life. That is why this book is realistic fiction. I believe that the type of reader/audience that would like this book would be someone who likes animals and adventure. This is because the book includes lots of animals and many twists and turns and stunts for adventure readers. This book is fine for both boys and girls. A external conflict is man vs man when Mr.Cray meets Derek Badger they do not like each other and they begin to fight through the the entire process of filming the tv show. An internal conflict is the feelings Wahoo has for Tuna he likes her as a friend but also likes her as a girlfriend. Wahoo is torn between these two choices about how he feels about Tuna.
                    • mlg_noscpr
                      mlg_noscprTuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:07 am
                      My book Chomp by Carl Hiaasen a Rebecca Caudill Nominee this year, was a very good book. A summary for the book is that it is about a boy named Wahoo and his dad Mickey who in their back yard have wild animals that they use for Television shows. The story mainly begins where a TV star Derek Badger from a survival show recruits Wahoo and Mickey to have their animals on the show. During this time Derek is not really a survivalist, and knows nothing which gives him dangerous trouble with the animals. We also meet Raven in this time with job of handling Derek and she also comes up a lot in the scenes. Later Derek says he wants to shoot the rest in the Everglades all real which they accepted. During this time in the Everglades Wahoo meets with his friend Tuna (a girl who gets beaten by her dad Jared), and Derek also gets hurt by a bat and runs away thinking he is a vampire. And if you want to hear more you have to read to find out My opinion was that it was a good book. I liked the boom for the reason that there was always something going on, like at the start with the cool information about their life. Or the crazy incidents with Derek on the show, and definitely the action full ending. The genre is definitely realistic fiction because there are people that lend animals for livings and probably survivalist shows with people that don't know what they're doing. And there is a for sure possibility of incidents with abusive drunk father's. An audience that would like this book is an audience that likes things to be always happening and the reason is like said before it has many wired crazy moments. Which this is rather than a slow build up to a big moment. An internal conflict in the book was man vs. self, when Wahoo had to decide to accept the real show in the Everglades or not because Mickey wanted to quit. An external conflict was man vs. man, when Wahoo, Tuna, or Mickey, would fight Jared.

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