Bad Case of Stripes

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An award-winning author/illustrator presents a humorous story about the importance of being yourself. On the first day of school, Camilla discovers that she is covered from head to toe in stripes, then polka dots, and any other pattern spoken aloud. With a little help, she learns the secret of accepting her true self, in spite of her peculiar ailment. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 5-9. Pub: 3/98.

In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is ...

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Overview

An award-winning author/illustrator presents a humorous story about the importance of being yourself. On the first day of school, Camilla discovers that she is covered from head to toe in stripes, then polka dots, and any other pattern spoken aloud. With a little help, she learns the secret of accepting her true self, in spite of her peculiar ailment. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 5-9. Pub: 3/98.

In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On this disturbing book's striking dust jacket, a miserable Betty-Boop-like girl, completely covered with bright bands of color, lies in bed with a thermometer dangling from her mouth. The rainbow-hued victim is Camilla Cream, sent home from school after some startling transformations: "when her class said the Pledge of Allegiance, she turned red, white, and blue, and she broke out in stars!" Scientists and healers cannot help her, for after visits from "an old medicine man, a guru, and even a veterinarian... she sprouted roots and berries and crystals and feathers and a long furry tail." The paintings are technically superb but viscerally troublingespecially this image of her sitting in front of the TV with twigs and spots and fur protruding from her. The doe-eyed girl changes her stripes at anyone's command, and only nonconformity can save her. When she finally admits her unspeakable secretshe loves lima beansshe is cured. Shannon How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball juggles dark humor and an anti-peer-pressure message. As her condition worsens, Camilla becomes monstrous, ultimately merging with the walls of her room. The hallucinatory images are eye-popping but oppressive, and the finalewith Camilla restored to her bean-eating selfbrings a sigh of relief. However, the grotesque images of an ill Camilla may continue to haunt children long after the cover is closed. Ages 5-9. Mar.
Children's Literature - C. Dennette Michaels
"Camilla Cream loved Lima beans. But she never ate any of them. All of her friends hated lima beans and she wanted to fit in." Before her mirror, while trying on number 42 of the possible outfits for the first day of a new school year, Camilla develops a striped skin. When a doctor summoned finds no "illness," she returns to school. There, on succeeding days, she become polka-dotted, an American flag variant, and sprouts vines. Physicians come, and go. School finally says, "Too much". One day, "a woman who called herself an Environmental Therapist came with promise of a cure-Lima beans, of course." Camilla rejects them at first, until she realizes that being laughed at is nothing to compared to her dehumanizing experiences. "Wait!" she cries. "The truth is, I really love lima beans." Happy ending and point made. This charming morality tale could, and I think will, became entrenched in the literary folklore of any family fortunate enough to make it part of their picture book experience.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Young Camilla Cream loves lima beans but never eats them. "All of her friends hated lima beans, and she wanted to fit in. Camilla was always worried about what other people thought of her." From the first page, the ending is predictable. It is a rollicking, uproarious journey getting there. Camilla comes down with stripes which spread to spots. Before long every peer, expert and specialist adds another oddity to her appearance. At the story's end, an old woman offers her lima beans and she witnesses Camilla's transformation with, "I knew the real you was in there somewhere." Camilla is a silly antidote for children who live in fear of being different. She allows them to laugh and be heartened by her changes. Read this to children to show them characters who are different but want to be who they are and act in ways they believe to be right even if their choices are doubted by many.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2A highly original moral tale acquires mythic proportions when Camilla Cream worries too much about what others think of her and tries desperately to please everyone. First stripes, then stars and stripes, and finally anything anyone suggests including tree limbs, feathers, and a tail appear vividly all over her body. The solution: lima beans, loved by Camilla, but disdained for fear they'll promote unpopularity with her classmates. Shannon's exaggerated, surreal, full-color illustrations take advantage of shadow, light, and shifting perspective to show the girl's plight. Bordered pages barely contain the energy of the artwork; close-ups emphasize the remarkable characters that inhabit the tale. Sly humor lurks in the pictures, too. For example, in one double-page spread the Creams are besieged by the media including a crew from station WCKO. Despite probing by doctors and experts, it takes "an old woman who was just as plump and sweet as a strawberry" to help Camilla discover her true colors. Set in middle-class America, this very funny tale speaks to the challenge many kids face in choosing to act independently.Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
...[A] delicious visual metaphor for the disease of caring too much about what others think of you. -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439598385
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Scholastic Bookshelf Series
  • Edition description: First Bookshelf Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 31,761
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Shannon

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. In addition to three more David picture books, Shannon’s bestsellers include TOO MANY TOYS; HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL (newly released in 2012); A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; DUCK ON A BIKE; ALICE THE FAIRY; and GOOD BOY, FERGUS! A native of Spokane, Washington, he is an avid fisherman. He and his family live in California.
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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)
    1. Education:
      B.A., Art Center College of Design

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    I tried to read this book with my daughter and didn't get a posi

    I tried to read this book with my daughter and didn't get a positive reaction. She is 6 and when we go to the bookstore she will cover this book with other books because she is afraid of it. To make matters worst now is in her class and she is very afraid of it that doesn't even want to go her class. I respect that might be a good story for some but others the illustrations are scary for some.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    They had this son at the pre-school where my children attend and

    They had this son at the pre-school where my children attend and they read it to the 3 year old class. Ever since my son has been afraid to sleep by himself and cries and has severe anxiety since he was read this book.
    Over a year and a half later they read this book at his pre-k and he once again has been so afraid of everything (over two weeks ago). I would highly not recommend this book to anyone or any school with small children. My son is now afraid and this book has scarred him.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    A really fun book about peer pressure and simple remedies for mo

    A really fun book about peer pressure and simple remedies for most problems....my grandkids simply adore this book! My (now 20yrs old) oldest granddaughter even dressed up as Camilla one Halloween when she was about 8yrs old. It's fun to read and use all kinds of voices! Highly reccomend this book!

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    I bought this book at a school book fair when I was 9 years old

    I bought this book at a school book fair when I was 9 years old and I absolutely loved it. I read it several times and took it with me everywhere. It made me laugh and was definitely the most creative book I have ever read. The illustrations were beautiful and I'd stare at them for a long time before turning to the next page. I borrowed it from the library recently and still enjoy it as a 20 year old. I do know a girl who was terrified of the book though so I would be careful. But the other kids had no problem with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    I read this book to my 2nd grade class at the very beginning of

    I read this book to my 2nd grade class at the very beginning of the
    school year. They thought it was hilarious! We talked about how we are
    all different and we don't need to worry what those around us think. The
    kids also made their own stories about their bad case of the ______ and
    those were just as funny as the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fantastic

    I have enjoyed reading this book to children for years now. Filled with humor and beautiful illustrations, this story of self-acceptance is one we can all love and learn from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Colorful and Healthy !

    I plan to share this book in a couple instances at least in which a child needs to more fully accept who she/he is. Honesty "rocks" but is often so difficult. Being true to self - for as many of us as possible -seems to be a very important thing.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    Beware of this book

    I have an almost 9 year old son, now in 3rd grade, who has been reading since he was 2 years old. He has developed into a very sophisticated reader, reading well past the 6th grade level, and is described by his teacher as a "ravenous reader". He has read some of the Harry Potter series, among others, and has also watched movies such as Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Wizard of OZ, with no problem and has been entertained by them. He even has watched much of the Lord of the Rings series with no problems. He is also an avid writer of his own stories, hence, he has a very vivid imagination. He picked up this book in the classroom the other day and read it by himself from cover to cover. Needless to say, it has very strongly affected him, he has been terrified for the past 3 days and will not sleep by himself any longer (he is an extremely sound sleeper, too). He cannot get the images out of his mind and he cannot even talk about this book as it scares him so much. From the reviews on B and N, namely Publisher's Weekly, this book truly does "continue to haunt children long after the cover is closed". For a little boy with a vivid imagination, the illustrations and content are over the top and beyond. Maybe preschoolers' imaginations aren't as developed at their age so they do not "see" it the same way. But for an 8-9 year old who's been around a little longer, they might look into it a bit more and relate to the story and pictures in a horrifying way. I certainly would not expect a school to have a book meant to haunt kids, but unfortunately this one actually can. Beware......

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Lima Beans Rock!

    Every little kid goes through something similar to this in their life. This is a great book to help little kids get over feeling different.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    cutest story with a good meaning behind iT

    When i was in daycare, the kids LOVED this story. They asked me to read it everyday, and I so realize why. The pictures in this book are amazing, whoever drew these definitely needs a kudos. Any kid would fall into this story easy, just with the pictures alone. I love the story line behind it, on how people would 'judge' her and what happens. It's a great way to show kids on what can happen when you judge others and how to be yourself. I think every library, school and day care needs to have this book in their possession. I plan on even purchasing it for my own future kids.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cute

    My kids like this and it has a good story behind it. Helps to teach that you should not try to pretend like you are someone else, do not fall into peer pressure and just be yourself. Good for building confidence and VERY cute illustrations. Alice the Fairy is the BEST though!! So funny and it's my kids' favorite book (even my 3 year old boy!!)...he also likes the No David books by David Shannon too. :)

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    Very cute to read before starting school

    My three year old loves this book. Although it was a little long for her, she sat through it. We had a lot of fun reading this book. It is especially good to read before school starts.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Oh no, My Family Caught the Stripes!

    My family always enjoys reading this book together at bedtime (or any time). The characters are funny and the pictures are amazing. There is so much to look at and every time we read the story we see something else we hadn't seen the last time. The story has a great message as well. Don't be afraid to just be yourself.

    I am a preschool teacher and this book is also one of the class favorites. We read this over and over and over again. It never gets old.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A book from my childhood

    I remember buying this book at a book fair in my school. As soon as I started reading it I was hooked. It was one of my favorite books. I lost the book sadly, but still I remember the story. It is a wonderful book.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Great Kids Book

    My students in 6th grade had a good time using this book in their reading response groups. I like it when you are just getting started working with groups. Very easy and simple.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    A great self esteem booster for kids.

    Another colorful tale from David Shannon this one talks about the horrible things that can happen if you let other people decide who you are.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    A Great Book and a Great Moral

    Camilla Cream awakens to a very unexpected transformation on her first day of school. Camilla finds herself convered in stripes and is terrified at what people may think about how she looks. Camilla goes to school and low and behold when the class is saying the Pledge of Allegiance, her stripes turn into stars and stripes. Throughout the story Camilla goes through many changes in her appearance. Camilla's parents hire many doctors to try and break the case and figure out what is wrong with their daughter, but nobody their parents bring in to help her can figure it out. Until one plump old lady comes knocking on the door to offer her assistance. The tale takes a critical turn for Camilla when the little old lady tells her the secret to getting rid of the stripes is to be herself. A beautifully illustrated book whose pictures bring the story to life. A Bad Case of Stripes brings the struggles that children have everyday into the forefront; the struggles of being yourself, self-esteem,and bullying. Truly a wonderful read for the whole family, and a great book to introduce to students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    great book about just being yourself

    great illustrations! Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    Outstanding

    My two 4 year olds love this book. I thought it may be too long for them, but they sit very still and listen to every word. The illustrations are phenomenal. I love reading it to them!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005

    be yourself!

    i am the mother of three. 7, 5, and 3. all my children really enjoyed this book. my three year old loves it the most. she carries it with her and can say most of it by heart. the art work is simply splendid and what a wonderful message - not to be afraid to be yourself. thank you david shannon.

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