This book is based on a song satire taken from Allan Sherman's best selling record, My Son, the Nut. For anyone who hasn't heard it, (if that's possible) he sang ?ut a letter to his parents from a boy enduring, in extremis, his first day of a typical, terrible summer camp where ""the counselors hate the waiters and the lake has alligators."" This is set to a dirge time rendition of the Dance of the Hours. It was very popular and all over the dials of TV and radio. Now, in the form of a children's book, overexposure can be presumed to be complete. Without the music, the lyric is a lumsy rhyme to read. Hoff's well-known cartoon style is best suited here to the audience that made the record its own--adults.