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 more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
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 Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and 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 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 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".
©2012 Carl Hiaasen (P)2012 Listening Library
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Critic reviews

“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)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ms on 09-03-15

A heart-warming laugh for the whole family

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chomp?

My children (8 & 14 years) laughed their heads off when Derek Badger believes he has become a vampire.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The whole family laughed a lot. Beneath the humour, there are some difficult topics for especially younger child listeners, such a child-beating drunken father and a child who has to deal with his father's ill health. The children are the most inspiring characters in this and the author's other children's stories- they are funny, warm and brave and trying to think on their feet to deal with difficult circumstances.

Any additional comments?

I am unsure why some reviewers have struggled to understand the narrator, who has an appropriately american accent. My British children had no problem understanding his narration, so other native english-speakers should be fine. I really quite liked his low-key delivery.

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5 out of 5 stars
By K on 13-06-13

Not just for kids

I've read and listened to Carl Hiaasen books for a couple of years now, after picking up one of his books from the library and falling in love with his wit and narrative. Although rated as a children's book, adult fans of the author''s other books will feel equally at home with "Chomp". The opening line alone makes it worth a read and the rest is pure Hiaasen, extremely well performed by James Van Der Beek.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 09-04-13

Great book for the entire family.

What did you love best about Chomp?

I loved the relationship between Wahoo and his family. Makes the whole book seem even better.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were smart funny and likable. I was in the everglades in florida when i listened to this. I even tried to figure out if there was a stuffed alligator at the air boat tour I took my children on.

What does James Van Der Beek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a great reader. He does a good job of making all of the characters come to life.

Any additional comments?

I wish the author would write more about this family. Bring back Tuna.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Janet on 21-04-12


What would have made Chomp better?

The narrator was reading so quickly I couldn't understand one out of every 10 words he said. I love Carl Hiaasen but I tried to listen to this book for 1 hour, 30 min each time and had to turn it off. I am very disappointed and would never purchase another book read by this narrator.

Has Chomp turned you off from other books in this genre?


How could the performance have been better?

Slow down, get rid of the monotone.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


Any additional comments?

After several years of being with audible I have never been disappointed in a book. I wish I had my credit back.

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