The Captain’s Log – a Hiaasen menagerie (Carl Hiaasen) – reviewing the rest of his juvenile series

Ahoy there me mateys!  A while back I was introduced to this author because of a cat on the cover:

I enjoyed that book so much that I decided to listen to all of Hiaasen’s other juvenile books.  This be a review of the other four books: hoot, flush, chomp, squirm.  These books have some common themes.  All of them involve a young boy who lives in Florida, gets bullied, loves animals, has a quirky sense of humor, makes new friends, and saves the day.  Weird names also seem to be a trend.  While the bad guys are very two-dimensional, the good guys are quirky and fun.  Also there tends to be loving, if odd, parents involved which is nice.


This was apparently a best novel nominee for the Newbery medal.  I also think at some point I watched some of the movie with me nephews.  In this one, Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida.  He is chosen to be the school bully, Dana Matherson’s, new punching bag.  It is while being smashed into the school bus window that Roy first sees “the running boy” who is running away from the school bus and appears to be wearing no shoes.  Roy is pulled into a mystery to find out who the boy is and what he is doing.  The running boy is called “Mullet Fingers” and is on a quest to fight a pancake house and save the owls.  I loved Roy and the girl Beatrice.  I loved the pancake house actress.

Sometimes you’re going to be faced with situations where the line isn’t clear between what’s right and what’s wrong.Your heart will tell you to do one thing and your brain will tell you to do something different. In the end, all that’s left is to look at both sides and go with your best judgment.


In this one a boy named Noah is determined to help his dad stop the local casino boat from dumping sewage into the water.  His sister Abbey joins in.  Me favourite character was Shelley.  There are side plots about the kids trying to save their parents marriage.  Also this is one of those books where the dad actually acknowledges faults and takes steps to improve.  I particularly loved the family dynamics in this one.

That’s what people do when they find a special place that wild and full of life, they trample it to death.


This was me other favourite.  This book follows a boy named Wahoo (worst name ever) as he works with his dad as an animal wrangler for a wildlife reality tv show.  His friend Tuna (second worse name ever) joins him on location.  This was a tongue-in-cheek look at reality television and made me laugh.  The reality star, Derek Badger, is something else.  It is over-the-top and ridiculous and I loved it.

Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head.


This book was slightly different in that part of it takes place in Montana and there is an absent dad who certainly doesn’t win any awards for best parent.  In this book, Billy is determined to meet his father and gets answers to his questions.  Like in hoot, snakes are a major theme.  For me this plot was the strangest.  There is supposed to be a mystery in terms of what the exactly Billy’s father does for a living.  The answer was not that interesting to me and the dad seemed to be an idiot in general.  I did like Billy though.

My sister is hopelessly addicted to social media — SnapFace, InstaTwit, MeTube, whatever.  Sometimes I hide her phone as a test.  Her average freak-out time is between three and four minutes.  After that, she starts dashing around the house like an insane person, flipping over sofa cushions, yanking out drawers, and gropping blindly under furniture.  “Where’s my phone?  Where’s my #&*! phone?”  Truly, it’s entertaining to see.”

I was very glad to read these books.  They are rather lighthearted and silly but I can see the appeal for younger readers.  They certainly appealed to this older one too.  Me personal preference of reading order be scat, chomp, flush, hoot, then squirm.  Scat and chomp in particular had some laugh out loud moments.  I highly recommend.  Arrr!

To visit the author’s website go to:

Carl Hiaasen – Author

To buy the books go to:

hoot – Book

flush – Book

chomp – Book

squirm – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

scat (Captain’s Log – Young Adult)

the downhill lie (Off the Charts – Golf Memoir)

8 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – a Hiaasen menagerie (Carl Hiaasen) – reviewing the rest of his juvenile series

  1. I read Hoot and Chomp with my son when he was younger, and we loved them both! The humor was an absolute hit for a tween-ish boy. I really enjoyed them both, although I’d say Chomp was my favorite of the two. Now that he’s outgrown reading with me, I guess I’m on my own if I want to read the others!

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    1. I am glad to hear that the younger set loved them. I don’t remember me nephews reaction to the Hoot movie. If ye ever get in the mood to read more of these – scat be the way to go! Is yer son still a reader?
      x The Captain


      1. Me older nephew has sworn off books despite me best effort. I got him into Percy Jackson as a youngun and we have discussed his “book report” books for school. I always ask what he is readin’ so I can take a look. I hope he comes back to it as a more mature adult. He be 15 now and thinks he is all grown up. Silliness.
        x The Captain


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