Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.
The boy was about Roy's age, but he was running away from the school bus. He had no books, no backpack, and, here's the odd part, no shoes.
Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase will introduce him to some other intriguing Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, a beleaguered construction foreman, some burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a renegade eco-avenger, some slippery fish, a sinister pancake PR man, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparking tails.
Life in Florida is looking up.
Hoot is a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book.
©2002 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Quite a hoot indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hiaasen has crafted a delicious screwball comedy for all ages, and Chad Lowe's performance is a hoot." (AudioFile)
In between John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee books, I am also reading Carl Hiassen's. Seems like I'm on a Florida kick. In any case, Hiassen's books are quirky and interesting reads. Definitely worthwhile. And they elevate Florida beyond the strip mall existence that is all to evident when you visit there.
Carl Hiaasen's first shot at young adult fiction cntains the same offbeat to the point of parody situations and characters. I like the fact that the parents of the protaganist Roy were portrayed in a positive light if somewhat thinly drawn. They contrasted nicely with with the general media portryal of parents particularly of fathers. As always Hiaasen is the voice in the wilderness crying out for the wilderness. When at his best Hiaasen's characters are unique and likeable. Too often though they slip periously close to one or two dimensional of episodic TV. Still he is always a good listen. Well worth the time.
I am a big fan of Carl Hiaasen books, particularly when delivered in audio form, but this one was just okay. I don't know if he intended the book to be kid-friendly when writing it, but the topic, writing style's complexity and humor were very 'young adult'. As he usually has a darker undertone to his humor and will write on rated R topics with humor, I was a bit surprised by how tame this one really was.
I would recommend reading Carl Hiaasen and would recommend this as a kid-friendly audiobook for the whole family to enjoy, but would not recommend it as one of Carl's typical dark comedies.
The narrator has an easy-to-listen-to voice, though not a lot of emphasis on distinguishing between characters.
Mullet Fingers was my favourite, because he is a determined mystery.
Clear sarcasm and conviction in the storyline.
Actually, no. It's quite realistic and I needed short breaks from reality.
A great book by Carl Hiassen for readers that prefer a real taste of reality. If you've read his adult titles you will find this one completely non-sexual, but still full of wit and sarcasm. It's definitely a
This was a wonderfully entertaining book and it kept changing enough to keep my interest. The base story itself teaches several lessons about doing what is right and forging new friendships in the strangest of places. This book has several key characters that act in the most unexpected ways resulting in a book that isn't the "same old, same old" whereby one can anticipate the plot - rather one may think they know where the plot is going and then it doesn't - I loved this book and the ending was perfect!
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I get all Hiaasens kids books as well as his adult stories. They`re great oo; just no sex or swearing. Good listen!
I so appreciate humor in a good story. Thank you for making me smile. I'm an ICU nurse and look to my audible account to keep me going. Hiaasen makes me smile. Thank you!
I have always enjoyed the author's books so, in a mad rush to select a book for an upcoming trip, I grabbed this one. I should have read the blurb. It's a kids book. Don't make the same mistake...unless you are getting this for your kids.
I listened to this with my wife and son on a recent trip. None of us had read the book so it was new for us. I enjoyed this story because it has a positive message about the environment. I also thought that it is easy to relate cast of characters.
I got the book for my son. I got hooked on it myself and finish it in a couple days. It was great! It was a little old for my 5 yr old. But he did enjoy all the kid stuff addressed in the book.
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