Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer!: And Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs

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Smelly bunks! Attacking mosquitoes! Impossible arts and crafts, oh my! Bestselling team and authorities on all things seriously silly Alan Katz and David Catrow hike their hilarity out to summer camp to transform another set of familiar tunes into wildly funny songs for kids and counselors to croon. With song parodies such as “This Whole Bunk Is Very Cluttered” (to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”), “Somebody Send Me Home Now!” (to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”), and “Trying Out for the Camp Show” (to...

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Smelly bunks! Attacking mosquitoes! Impossible arts and crafts, oh my! Bestselling team and authorities on all things seriously silly Alan Katz and David Catrow hike their hilarity out to summer camp to transform another set of familiar tunes into wildly funny songs for kids and counselors to croon. With song parodies such as “This Whole Bunk Is Very Cluttered” (to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”), “Somebody Send Me Home Now!” (to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”), and “Trying Out for the Camp Show” (to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”), this collection guarantees giggles will be packed in every camper’s care package!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With grim and gruesome verses set to tunes like "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," Katz and Catrow address summer camp hazards in their latest "silly dilly" collection. In a riff on "Skip to My Lou," the "mystery goo" served at lunch has one camper chanting "Skip, skip, skip every meal"; another camper has bad luck during arts and crafts time, while playing with the sound effects of "Old MacDonald" ("With a saw, saw here,/ and a drill, drill there;/ here a bang, there a bang—/ this thing will not hang hang"). Camp-wary readers may shudder at some of the fearsome scenarios, but those who gleefully hop on the bus each summer should devour the hyperbolic comedy. Ages 4–8. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This eighth "Silly Dilly" title explores the highs and lows of summer camp in 14 new songs. Laundry woes are sung to the tune of "The Mexican Hat Dance," and the mosquito problem is solved with the tune of "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean." Other topics include mail, arts and crafts, and hygiene (to "Pop Goes the Weasel"): "My friend Jimmy is a nice kid./He tells jokes by the hour./But one fact just cannot be hid:/Jim needs a shower!" The lyrics should entertain those familiar with the camp experience, and though there is no notation for the music, the tunes are fairly well known. The exaggerated cartoon illustrations heighten the humor and the drama.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This eighth "Silly Dilly" title explores the highs and lows of summer camp in 14 new songs. Laundry woes are sung to the tune of "The Mexican Hat Dance," and the mosquito problem is solved with the tune of "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean." Other topics include mail, arts and crafts, and hygiene (to "Pop Goes the Weasel"): "My friend Jimmy is a nice kid./He tells jokes by the hour./But one fact just cannot be hid:/Jim needs a shower!" The lyrics should entertain those familiar with the camp experience, and though there is no notation for the music, the tunes are fairly well known. The exaggerated cartoon illustrations heighten the humor and the drama.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416955689
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 937,394
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Katz is the author of many seriously silly books for children, including the bestselling Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, illustrated by David Catrow. Alan lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their four children. He can also be found at alankatzbooks.com.

David Catrow is the illustrator of numerous notable books for children, including the other Silly Dilly books, as well as Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Mr. Catrow is also a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as in nine hundred other newspapers. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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