Synopses & Reviews
"An animal wrangler named Mickey Cray and his son, Wahoo, whose Florida home and yard house alligators, snakes, and other wildlife, reluctantly take on the job of supplying animals for a reality television show called Expedition Survival! the host of which, Derek Badger, is actually a dimwitted fraud. Contrasting with amusing scenes of Badger's less-than-successful tangles with wildlife is a tense plot about Jared the abusive father of Wahoo's friend Tuna who comes to the Everglades with a gun looking for his daughter. But it all has a happy ending, thanks to some heroics from an unlikely source. Narrator James Van Der Beek strikes exactly the right note in his narration: a dry, ironic delivery that lets both the humorous and tense moments play out effectively. He also creates distinctive character voices, particularly memorable are his renditions of Derek (who switches from a petulant American accent to a cheery, fake-Australian accent for the television camera) and the gravelly, menacing Jared. This is an entertaining audio romp with an enjoyable mix of comedy and action. Ages 10 up. A Knopf hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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 calledExpeditionSurvival ,
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 ofher
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 willactually
. . .
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
From the Hardcover edition."
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Nature Girl and Star Island. Hoot, Flush, and Scat, Hiaasen’s novels for young readers, have all been bestsellers and are all available on audio from Listening Library.