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A Bad Case of Stripes

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  43,076 ratings  ·  1,161 reviews
"What we have here is a bad case of stripes. One of the worst I've ever seen!"

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of stripes!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1998)
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“A Bad Case of Stripes” is a story about how peer pressure literally can affect a person. David Shannon, author of the popular “David” series, has created a surreal yet enchanting tale that will gain attention from both kids and adults.

“A Bad Case of Stripes” has one of the most creative illustrations I have ever seen. David Shannon takes care in making each character as colorful as they can be and masterfully illustrates Camilla’s odd situation by adding vivid colors to each transformation that
What an absolutely wonderful book! Such an original idea that teaches such a simple lesson! And the illustrations were so detailed! This is definitely one I'll be adding to our library when I get the chance. Probably a level 3 or 4 reading level at least, but something a parent would enjoy reading to a kid of any age. Camilla is scared what people will think of her on her first day of school, but it turns out she doesn't need to worry because she comes down with a case of the stripes, her whole ...more
My daughter is in 1st grade (age 6) and is TERRIFIED of this book. I realize it is very, very popular but my daughter has a great imagination and now she is very scared of eating orange, green, and blue foods. She pretty much only eats pink/red and white foods now.

We got this book as a gift from my father when she was 4 and it scared her. We asked her preschool class to put it behind other books so she wouldn't see it in the book area (if she did see it, she wouldn't go near it). In kindergarte

Very cute and colorful read. My five year old daughter really enjoyed this one.
Jorie Turner
Dec 02, 2007 Jorie Turner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grades k-4
Shelves: picture-book, fiction
Summary: Camilla Cream likes lima beans, but when she gets made fun of for liking them, she gets embarrassed and tells her family that she no longer wants to eat them. She then breaks out with stripes. The doctors however cannot find anything wrong with her so her mother still makes her go to school. Camilla’s classmates discover that whenever they yell out colors or designs she turns into whatever they have yelled out. Camilla discovers the only cure to actually eat what others make fun of her ...more
Wow. The artwork for this is really nice, but the message is what really struck me as amazing. The story is basically about how conformity destroys your individuality. In simpler terms, not doing something you really love because everyone thinks it's weird (like eating lima beans) turns you into something you're not (like a striped girl with a tail and tree trunk legs). Such a great story.
Lisa Vegan
Aug 26, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all early elementary school kids and older preschoolers
This is a fun and colorful, very colorful!, book with a great message about not being afraid to be true to yourself and not caring so much about what other people think of you. It uses humor in a way that’s fun for kids, and the moral is clear but doesn’t overpower the story. The story seemed to end slightly too abruptly to me, but overall it was very enjoyable.
Maybe you need to be a child or a parent to appreciate this book. Maybe I didn't appreciate it because I am neither. Then again, maybe I just didn't appreciate it, despite the love it seems to get from so many others (seriously, I was a little surprised to see all the five-star ratings), because it's not my cup of tea (or bowl of lima beans), and that's okay, too.

Moving on, this is the story of a young girl, Camilla, who loves lima beans but pretends she doesn't so the other kids don't make fun
Jenna Cohen
I read this for my 4th Picture Book review. I found it on the Goodreads recommended reading list bookshelf.

I picked this book to read because a colleague of mine keeps it on display in her classroom, but I had never read it. I never knew why until now!

This book would be a great read-aloud to elementary aged students. This book would be engaging as a read aloud as children could make predictions as the story is read, as well as be soaked in by the vivid pictures.

This would tie in great to social-
Alma Loredo
Camilla Cream is so frustrated on the first day of school. She feels that she has many people to impress and feels that she has to look her best. In the mid of all this stress, she breaks into a bad case of the stripes. She is covered from head to toe in stripes and does not understand the reason why. The doctors check her put they cannot think what may have caused the stripes. She goes to school and is considered a distraction to the rest of the class and is asked to stay home. So many people t ...more
Steve Urich
My daughters is eight years old and this book absolutely freaked her out. She's been crying off and on for about a week now and she says she just can't get the pictures out of her head. I recommend teachers reconsider using this book as my daughter feels is totally ruined her first month of school and she really does want to go to school now because of this book. To make it worse the teacher made a project of this and is posting on the classroom walls classroom walls.

We are fried everything tha
Mar 16, 2014 Natalie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Natalie by: teacher
I know that this is popular and I get what the book is trying to say about not worrying about what other people think, but I was freaking terrified of this book when I was a kid. In fact, I'm still creeped out to this day. The visuals and some of the stuff that happened to the main character was just terrifying.

It's not a bad book, it really isn't, but it scared the crap out of me and I will not go anywhere NEAR that book. So a big round of applause to you who love this book, cuz I sure as hell
This book is awful. It teaches awful things like one can be punished by being dehumanized, doctors will hurt you, being different will cause bullying, and being sick or having a disease is shameful, and that no one can save you. It's actually quite bizarre and psychologically disturbing even for an adult (not to mention the graphic illustrations). My 4 year old son was TRAUMATIZED by this book. Would not sleep at night, crying fits of terror of turning into something non-human, begging to pray t ...more
Breaking my strict rule about avoiding David Shannon books, I checked this one out after I noticed that almost every goodreads friend I have is reading it or wants to read it. The illustrations are AMAZING. Perhaps the best I've ever seen in a picture book. The story is . . . meh. It's a little too old for Catherine, and kind of saccharine. A pretty standard version of the just-be-yourself bit.
Not only is each page filled with bright colors and a lot of detail but it teaches a lesson of being your true self. This is a great picture book to use with older students!
Rashanda Ravenel
I connected with this book when I saw the cover. I remember being a little girl who did not want to be away from her mother, even when she had the chicken pox. So of course, I also ended up with the chicken pox. There are so many things to discuss with children in this book. First of all, most should be able to relate to being sick. However, since there are shots for everything these days, many students have never heard about nor experienced the chicken pox. We can talk about signs and symptoms, ...more
NS Kelley
This is a story about a girl who gets a bad case of the stripes because she cares too much about what others think. She starts out by refusing to eat Lima beans because she doesn't think they are what other "cool kids" are eating. She tries on forty two different outfits for school because there are "so many people to impress." The next morning, she wakes ups with stripes from head to toe. She is sent to school and soon turns into anything and everything people say she might be. Several people t ...more
I can honestly say that this is one of my top five favorite books of all time. Not only does it deliver visually, but the message it sends to our children is so important. Camilla Cream is a young girl who wants to fit in so badly she deprives herself of the one thing she loves, lima beans. She developes a strange case of stripes that noone is able to figure out. We watch Camilla worsen as she fights to deprive herself of lima beans. In the end, she finally realizes that it's okay to be the way ...more
Jessica Loper
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Ch_hayley Medsker
A Bad Case of Stripes, written by David Shannon, is a classic case of kids conforming into something they're not due to peer influences. I listened to this book on First, Camilla Cream rejects lima beans (even though they're her favorite) because she worries the other students in her class will make fun of her. Camilla is so anxious about the first day of school and what her classmates will think of her, that she breaks out in "a bad case of stripes!" her doctor says. Her wo ...more
Bailey Huylar
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but decides not to eat them because everyone else thinks they’re gross and she wants to fit in. The next morning, she wakes up and has colored stripes all over her body! As the days go on, the stripes get worse and worse and change to represent anything imaginable including a checkerboard and clouds. She even grows a tail at one point! Camilla is mortified because now she stands out more than ever, but even the experts can’t determine what is wrong with her or com ...more
Hannah Melberg
A Bad Case of Stripes was a great book filled with colorful illustrations and silly things happening to the main character Camilla. Camilla loved lima beans but didn’t want to eat them because she didn’t want to get made fun. She woke up on the first day of school and her body was covered in stripes. She didn’t feel sick she just didn’t look quite right. She went to the doctor and she couldn’t tell her what was wrong with her so she gave her some medicine to take. The next morning she turned int ...more
Amanda Lyons
Camilla Cream is a girl far too concerned with what others think of her. Her concern for her social standing in fact is so severe that she wont even admit to enjoying lima beans. This leads to a strange and inexplicable skin condition that leaves her striped like a rainbow. From here the condition only grows worse as a series of doctors and other people try to help her resolve the issue only to make it worse. Despite the spectacle she's become Camilla still clings to her self editing ways until ...more
It's been a long while since I read this but it's definitely one to remember! If you prefer the books your child reads to hold an important message don't let the cover fool you. The book is about Camilla Cream who loves lima beans but never eats them. All the other kids think lima beans are yucky and Camilla is worried about what they would think of her. So worried in fact, that she breaks out in stripes! It's only after admitting that she loves lima beans, no longer concerned about what they th ...more
Jessica Lopez
Sometimes, it is hard to be yourself. In a world where everyone wants to fit in, it is easier to be like everyone else. A Bad Case of Stripes tells a hilarious story of what just happens when one is not true to themselves. The illustrations were perfect, all on their own they told a magnificent story.
This was a very interesting book. I like the part when you had to pronounce all of those hard words like "psychologists, nutritionists, and psychics." We were on our way to Sylvan Beach when I read it, and I had to put it away when I was half way through. After thinking about it at Sylvan Beach, I was able to predict the cure for her stripes. This story is mostly about being yourself and don't care about what others think, just what you think. Camilla is like a chameleon and you know what they d ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Kelsey added it
Shelves: 307, fiction, picture
Camilla is a girl who is afraid to eat her lima beans because nobody else likes to eat lima beans. When she woke up one day, she was covered in stripes and when she went to school, she was changing patterns while everyone laughed at her. Camilla and her family kept searching for a cure but it was all in the lima beans. If Camilla would've eaten what she liked, then she wouldn't have had the problem if she didn't care what other people think. Not only does this book encourage readers to eat more ...more
Mary Hertel
This is about a young girl named Camilla. She cared too much about what other people thought of her and often shaped her entire life around others. On her first day of school she could not find anything to wear, thinking about what others would say about her. When she finally dressed, she was covered in different colored stripes. The doctor said she could go to school, but when she was there, her skin changed based on what the children wanted her to look like. Doctor's could not figure out why. ...more
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David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared ...more
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