Monday, May 7, 2012

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Wahoo lives in a menagerie with his father, a wild animal wrangler for movies.  His father has been out of work for awhile ever since a frozen iguana fell on his head during a Florida cold snap.  But when they are approached to work on an episode of "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo knows they just can't turn down the money the TV show is offering.  The problem is that the star of the show, Derek Badger, can't survive anything and all his interactions with wildlife are fake.  After a strangely successful shoot with an alligator, Badger decides to venture into the real Everglades to film more segments with actual live animals.  Wahoo and his dad are brought along to handle the animals and they bring Tuna, a girl from Wahoo's school, who is on the run from her abusive father.  As with most Hiaasen novels, things go from bad to worse but in a humorous way.  I enjoyed this book but didn't find it as hilarious as other books by the author.  I especially enjoy his way of adding quirky secondary characters with a lot of depth but didn't find as many of these in this title.  Still, he is consistently fun to read.