- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ember (May 11, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375829164
- ISBN-13: 978-0375829161
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 1,054 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hoot Paperback – May 11, 2004
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I liked most of the story but I guess I’m tired of the stereotype of the big dumb jocks beating up the little nerdy kid story line. And not sure how I feel about Roy setting up Dana so that he goes to juvie. I don’t want my kids reading this for that reason. Maybe I’m just feeling extra sensitive about kids who have been born into crappy families but I felt bad for Dana. It made it hard for me to enjoy the rest of the story knowing Roy set him up. Not that Dana’s behavior was exemplary at all but setting him up where he ends up at juvenile detention seemed a bit extreme.
It was also confusing to me that Roy would try to find a way for his head and heart to come together to get help for the owls but didn’t use the same logic when dealing with Dana. And somehow his parents never found out about it either... hmmm. Honestly, I kept expecting him to tell his parents what he knew about Dana and have them help him intervene somehow to make it better. He told them about Beatrice’s situation so why not Dana’s? Total disconnect for me.
And maybe there was no other way but I felt like it was a missed opportunity for Roy and his parents to not have that conversation together.
Otherwise I liked the book. I really enjoyed the first half of the book a lot. But the second half was a let down for me.
I should have been a bit more diligent. The four I ordered [SCAT, CHOMP, HOOT and FLUSH] are all "young adult books".
I have now read all four and they were very good. I am now passing them on to my grand children. Good plots and characters. Great messages and all very good reads.
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It is only a short story, or should I say, that from the adult point of view, it is more of an outline than a story.
I can see why the two essay that had been set were: "Write a story about bullying using either the character of Mullet Fingers, Beatrice or Roy. Ensure that you use the information in the book as a base"; and, "Write an article for a local paper about an endangered animal or bird in your area. Include any photographs you have taken" (of course the latter essay assumes that children have access to a camera and the money to get the pictures printed - but that's an argument that the teacher in question and I are going to have at a later date).
There is so much scope for use and development of these characters because they are only outlines.
The book is the basis for an unexpectedly good family film. It is a paperback with glossy pages and photo stills from the film (although the 12 year old female next door, who came round for a study session, would have liked it to have more pictures of Mullet Fingers).
Also included is an unabridged audio CD of the book. Unfortunately, I found the female reader irritating, she appeared to be trying too hard to get to the "level of the child".
The CD is attached to the front cover via a poly button and plastic sticker, which means it is not safe or secure. If you were thinking of allowing a child to take this to school, make sure that the disc is removed otherwise you could find it in pieces at the bottom of a school bag, assuming that it hasn't been lost out of the book.
I would suggest that, if you are buying this for study, as I did for my Godson, you should ensure that you read the book first (and/or listen to the cd as well), then watch the film, otherwise you will probably be very disappointed in the book.
As an adult you'll be wondering why the book wasn't as good, especially considering the book came first.
I flatter myself that I can tell whether a book is “good” or “bad” after reading only the first page. However, there are books that start off well and gradually worsen. “Hoot” is such a book. The beginning is exciting and raises many questions so that you easily read on. I also like the book for its attempt to raise children’s awareness for the environment, as well as its attempt to encourage children to stand up for their beliefs and do what is “right”. I also like the main characters Roy, Beatrice and “Mullet Fingers” (the latter a Huck Finn-figure), as these are all “outsiders” in their own ways but stand up for themselves.
But otherwise, the plot is full of clichés. It is the typical children vs. grown-ups-story where almost all the grown-ups are corrupt or stupid (or both) and where children fight to get the upper hand. The passages where Hiaasen tells an event from an adult’s point of view are not effective and sometimes even so superfluous that one really wonders why he included them in the first place. The ending is way too corny.
3 stars for the book’s “message”, for which the book can also be discussed in English lessons!