The idea is simple: Michael doesn't want to go to camp, but since his father had such a fun time at camp as a kid, he's forcing Michael to go. Through postcards and letters, the reader sees Michael's experiences and his change in attitude towards camp.
While the idea may be normal, the presentation of the story is not. The writing is minimal (backs of postcards and a few letters), the colors are bright, and the drawings are detailed. Young readers will enjoy pulling out the letters from the envelops and the briefness of the postcards. Older readers will enjoy the dad's humor in his postcards that play off of Michael's complaints in the previous letter.
I am glad to see this title on the 2012-2013 Bluebonnet List because I know the kids in my library will love this book. I just hope they put the little letters back in the envelop for the next reader to enjoy.