A Review of Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen is proof that you can be a hysterically funny satirist for adults and smoothly cross over to Young Adult fiction. I've read all of Hiaasen's YA books, and they all rock!
I recently completed reading Chomp, which I must say is a romp!
Chomp is an outlandish yarn about a young boy named Wahoo who helps his father wrangle wild animals for “reality TV.” The story opens by explaining to the reader that Wahoo's father is medically impaired as a result of being hit over the head with a dead iguana. From that point, things just get crazy.
In my humble opinion, Hiaasen is writing the kinds of books that young people should be reading – ones that have a good message while also being entertaining. In Hiaasen's books, the undercurrent involves protecting the environment and the species who inhabit it http://www.carlhiaasen.com/
I read a lot of YA and have noticed that many authors talk down to their readers. No so with Hiaasen. The key to good communication is to relate to people on a level they can understand. Some YA authors are so Pollyanna in their delivery their work becomes hard to swallow. There is nothing saccharine about Hiaasen's style. Perhaps this is due to his long habit of writing edgy satire.
I would highly recommend all of Hiaasen's YA books: http://www.carlhiaasen.com/young-readers.shtml
Hiaasen's works are especially fun during the summer as they take the reader on fantastic adventures in the wilds of Florida. Any kid who needs a fun summer escape should definitely check out the YA books written by Carl Hiaasen.
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