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Ballad by Blexbolex
BirdCatDog by Lee Nordling
Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks
Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem by Steve Niles
Bulldog's Big Day by Kate McMullan
Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride by Graham Salisbury
The Children's Book on How to Use Books and Libraries by Carolyn Mott
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel
Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone
Monsters: An Owner's Guide by Jonathan Emmett
Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Outside In by Sarah Ellis
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Purple Springs by Nellie L. McClung
Rich Cat, Poor Cat by Bernard Waber
The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale by Charles de Lint
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers
Wild Ocean by Matt Dembicki

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Chomp

Chomp: 12/30/14

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Chomp by Carl Hiaasen is the latest of his tween environmental stories. Wahoo Cray lives with his parents at an Everglades animal rescue center. While Mom is in China, Wahoo has to help Dad try to run the zoo. Dad hasn't been the same since a bad head injury.

In the midst of all this chaos, the zoo is hired to provide animals and setting for a "reality" survival show. Wahoo and his Dad need the money but they don't want their animals exploited by Derek Badger, the star of this questionable but popular series.

Mixed into this reality TV show mess is a girl named Tuna. She is running fro her abusive, drunk of a father. He won't let her go and he has a gun. No good can come from this situation.

Thematically the book is most like Scat with a little bit of Hoot. But it has pacing issues. Too much time is spent on the gags of the reality show and on Badger's ego and stupidity.

Three stars

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