I had a blast reading Chomp. I picked it up on a whim without knowing anything about the book, and I’m glad I did! Wahoo Cray and his family are quite abnormal. Mickey Cray, Wahoo’s father, is a professional animal wrangler, and Wahoo is obviously an animal charmer just like his father. When Mickey is injured, they Cray family goes into serious debt. To alleviate this debt, Mickey and Wahoo accept a job working for Expedition Survival, a phoney survival show. Derek Badger, the spoiled, doltish star of the show, keeps Mickey and Wahoo busy with his idiotic stunts and crazy antics.
I loved all of the personalities in this book. The characters, especially Mickey Cray, were well developed. Chomp had both deep and humorous moments, and it was a quick and delightful read.
Brother is the youngest of five boys. He lives on the family ranch with his father and grandparents. His mother his an artist who lives in Rome and has no real contact with the family. Brother’s dad is in the reserves and his unit has been called up to Iraq for a 14 month deployment. All his brothers are either away in the military or at school so it is just him and his grandparents left at the ranch to take care of everything.
This is a really good book for kids about a boy dealing with his father being deployed in Iraq. He has to deal with his dad being gone and with trying to be the grown up since all his older brothers are also away from home. It is just Brother and his grandparents taking care of the family ranch. This is a story of a boy growing, becoming a man and realizing what he wants to do with his life. It is also the story of his family letting him grow up and become the man he is meant to become. So often families in these stories don’t want the kids to grow up or don’t want to acknowledge the growth that has already taken place. That doesn’t happen in this book. This is a very mature book but it is handled in such a way that kids can relate to Brother’s character and what is happening to him. Excellent book that I would recommend to boys and girls alike.
2011-12 Mark Twain Award Nominee.