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A Bad Case of Stripes

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  68,101 ratings  ·  2,271 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 May 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1998)
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Rebecca
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Ronyell
Stripes

“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
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Natalie
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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Tan Markovic
Nice message, creepy as hell.
Chantal
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a story about peer pressure and not having enough confidence in yourself to stand up for something you like or want. This book has beautiful art drawings in it and a great way of telling the story. Nice colors and funny characters.

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing.
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midnightfaerie
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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
SurLeFur ©
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Bad Case of Stripes is being used in our classroom to discuss self-identity, bullying, and respect. Camilla’s treatment by her classmates is not nice. The book prompts students to think about what can be done to develop stronger sense of self-worth and positive communication. Our world is filled with so many competitive demands, it’s important to treat children like royalty and empower them with praise for they won’t feel like they’re being counted out. Always remember that children are living ...more
Rottgrl88
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
This is a very cute story. It is colorful and has delightful story telling. Not sure about you but every time I look at this cover I immediately think of the Fruit Stripe Gum from the 90's. Anyone else remember this gum?? What do you think? Do you agree with me? Hahahah!!! But back to the review. I do recommend this story.

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Lisa Vegan
Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jorie Turner
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Eli
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Selwa
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Nancy
Apr 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Agnė
Shannon's illustrations are BEAUTIFUL. Just look at that detail and colors!



Also, the message is simple but powerful: stay true to yourself. If I ever had a motto, that probably would be it, haha!

Interestingly, Camilla Cream's stripes on the front cover (as well as the six colors on the back cover) look a lot like an LGBT pride flag (though the order of the colors is slightly different), which adds a significant layer of meaning to the book's message :)
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Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
An excellent tale which recommends being yourself, liking the stuff you like, and not losing yourself in trying to be what others want you to be. It’s an excellent lesson for kids to hear and one that we adults still need to hear as well.
Maria
Jul 13, 2017 added it
Shelves: yuck
I think this book is pretty clever, but one reading of it has broken my 3 year old. She has been afraid to go to bed for the past few nights because of the "wiggly things" in this book. I donated it to the library to get it out of our house so I could promise her with a clean conscience that there were no wiggly things in our house.
Cora
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my second graders and they absolutely loved it!
Destiny Sanderson
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute story! this is a wonderful story
Tina ( As Told By Tina )
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on As Told By TinaI will be the first one to admit that the cover of A Bad Case Of Stripes freaked me out. It also freaked Little One out. He told me he really didn’t want to read this but we both decided to conquer our fear and read the book.

I have noticed that Little One has been struggling with stress and sometimes I think it has to do with school and trying to fit in. I thought this story might help him.

Our library only had the audiobook available but afte
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Hannah Flowers
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
A Bad Case of Stripes is a fantasy fiction piece that has remained one of the most memorable children's books that I have read. Although this book first became popular when I was in Elementary school, it still remains a piece of literature that is still read in classrooms today. I love how creative the storyline is and the illustrations are nothing short of amazing! While this book is silly and fun and full of "fantasy," it also contains real meaning that we can all relate to. For example, the b ...more
Jensen
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Fantasy (Grades K-2)
A Bad Case of the Stripes is whimsical and larger than life fantasy book that young children would greatly enjoy in a read aloud. The descriptions and illustrations are vibrant, colorful and really bring the story to life. The book touches on topics that many children in elementary school an relate to, such as worries about fitting in, and the fear of being disliked or not included. The story's underlying message to children is that we should just focus on being ourselves, an
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One Code 431
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very thoughtful book .... I was very worried about comilia .... But the end was the best part of the book... Very colorful and art is very beautiful
Laura McLoughlin
Unsettling illustrations, perfectly serviceable story about being true to yourself, etc but overall just very weird vibe.

Also, I refuse to believe that anyone, ever enjoys eating lima beans!
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I've heard of this book for a long time but never got a chance to read it until recently. I was not impressed, and can't see why people rave about this book.

i get the book's message - don't worry overmuch about what other people think of you, and just be yourself.

Camille loves lima beans but won't eat them because many other kids hate them and she worries about what they will think if they see her eating them. So the day before school starts, she is worried about what she will wear to school. Th
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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
Jenna Cohen
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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-
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Bailey Huylar
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Carole P. Roman
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
David Shannon writes the best books. His characters feel real, they are not cookie cutter. "A Bad Case of Stripes" does not disappoint. Camilla has trouble making up her mind. She worries what other people will think of her, even when choosing a dress. She won't reveal that she likes lima beans, so she hides her real self. She begins to change, become distorted, and soon nobody recognizes her until an older woman tells her she knows the real person is in there somewhere. The moral is no matter w ...more
Steve Urich
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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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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