A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes

by David Shannon

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"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!

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity...and his empathetic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439598385
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Edition description: First Bookshelf Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 10,955
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than 30 picture books, including No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and four more David picture books. Shannon's bestsellers include A Bad Case of Stripes, Duck on a Bike, and Too Many Toys. His most recent book was the New York Times bestseller Grow Up, David!. He lives in Southern California with his family and Roy, their West Highland White Terrier.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)


B.A., Art Center College of Design

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Bad Case of Stripes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
_Miss-Barb More than 1 year ago
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!
PortraitWords More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
juanitaloo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All children worry about fitting in and don't like being laughed at, but just how much is a person willing to do or give up just to fit in? The story is colofully illustrated with lots outrageous "diseases" that happened to Camilla. It draws children to empathize with Camilla's fear and plight of being laughed at in every circumstance , yet at the same time they will enjoy laughing at all the ridiculous colors and shapes she morphs into. The author uses humor and clever wordplays to poke fun at people-pleasers and parents who fuss too much over their children. Great for discussion.
cmesa1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a nice book that teaches the kids that is Ok to be different. and that even thought not everyone likes beans . It is ok because when you stay true to yourself then things will turn to be better. This girl had this case of bad stripes that will go arround her body . but she only gets better when she accepts herself how she is and that it is perfectly ok to be different.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she doesn't dare eat them because she's worried about what the kids at her school will think, since none of them like them. Then she wakes up one day with multicolour stripes all over her body, and when she finds none of her clothes look good with her new look, she stays at home while a bunch of people try to help her regain her usual appearance. Her condition only keeps worsening until she figures out how to just be herself. I got this as an audiobook and thought the story was very well told. It's descriptive enough to be enjoyable as is, but I'm sure the illustrations make it more than worthwhile to get the book version.
elkeursin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great message! Loved this book!
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Camilla loves lima beans but doesn't want any of her classmates to know because she would seem "weird." But on the first day of school she wakes up with rainbow stripes all over her. Anytime someone suggests a remedy (or color scheme) she changes straight into what they want. By the end of the story she's quite the mess! But a lovely old woman brings her some lima beans, which she happily eats and it turns her back into regular Camilla. Then, Camilla knows it's ok to be yourself and eat lima beans in front of whoever she wants.A great read aloud for second grade!
ekean06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent example of modern fantasy, becasue it is the story of a grade school girl who is struck by a mysterious disease where she turns different colors of stripes depending on her environment. The setting is very important in this story as the main character is a grade school student dealing with the peer pressure and or other difficulties being in Elementary School.
savannah.julian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Camilla Cream loves lima beans but she stops eating them because she thinks her classmates will make fun of her. The next day she wakes up with stripes all over her body. Doctors, specialists, and experts don't know what's wrong with her. Finally wise old lady come to her with the cure for Camilla-to eat lima beans. She just needed to be herself. This was my favorite book growing up. The illustrations are fantastic and the story is out of this world.
burke73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Camilla Cream is a beautiful little girl who worries about what all of the other kids at school will think of her. Her favorite thing to eat is lima beans but she never eats them because she knows that everyone will make fun of her for eating them. Camilla knows that no one, especially kids, likes to eat lima beans, therefore she can¿t eat them because she wants to be cool. On the first day of school, she was so worried about what she was going to wear and how she looked that she ended up not going to school because she came down with a bad case of the stripes. She was covered from head to toe! When she went to school, she was mortified because every time someone said something, her skin did it. If the kids wanted to see polka dots, she became covered in polka dots! Medicine didn¿t work, there was no cure, and all seemed lost until a little old lady showed up and figured it all out.
anita.west on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a little girl named Camilla Cream who experiences what it is like to get ¿A Bad Case of the Stripes.¿ Camilla¿s stripe disease is a result of not being herself; which in this case is not following her desire to eat lima beans. Camilla just loves lima beans! This humorous story tracks Camilla¿s illness from stripes to stars to a multitude of colors and patterns in which it seems no cream or doctor can fix.I absolutely love this story. I read it several times in the short time I was able to borrow it form the library. The illustrations are amazing and each time I read the story I discovered something I had not noticed from my previous readings. I was worried that the book might be a bit old for my four year old but he just loved it, especially the pictures.As a classroom extension idea, I read this in a review; I too would use this as a year opener to teach that it is important to be yourself. I would read the book and then do a round robin - introduce yourself to the class session. I would encourage the students to share what their ¿lima bean¿ is in their life. Another idea for a classroom extension would be to use this story in an author study. I know that David Shannon is the author of several much loved children¿s books, such as, the David series, Duck on a Bike, and Alice the Fairy.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book is about a girl named Camilla Cream who loved lima beans but was so worried about what everyone thought about her she didn¿t eat them and pretended not to like them. On the first day of school she can¿t figure out what to wear because she is again concerned with what everyone will think about her. She ends up covered in stripes and is asked not to come back to school until her stripes go away because it is too much of a distraction. After she turns all types of shapes and colors an older lady helps her by giving her lima beans and teaching her that it doesn¿t matter what people think and her stripes went away. This is a very humorous book with amazing illustrations. Kids love it. I like to use it at the beginning of the year to talk about why we sometimes do things because we are worried about what people will think.
lisabankey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Bad Cast of the Stripes by David Shannon (No David) is read by Sean Austin (from the Lord of the Rings movies) on the website. Sean Austin reads this story about Camilla Cream who loves lima beans but won't eat them because she is afraid of what her friends might think of her ( since her friends do not like lima beans). Sean Austin even uses a couple of props to make the story come alive as he reads. This is an excellent website to share with a class. It gives a summary of the book, MANY activity suggestions that encourage deeper involvement with the story itself or the themes of the story. The video is not just watching someone reading. The clips are artfully edited between the actor(s) reading aloud and showing the illustrations form the book (zooming in and out and panning across the page to emphasize details). Other great features of storylineonlie.net is it easily offers a full screen option and it also offers a caption option so you can read along!!!
kdebros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I adore this book! I love the illustrations, the message, the plot, the characters...everything. Camilla Cream is very concerned with what people think of her, and even refuses to eat her very favorite food - lima beans - because she's afraid of what people will say. On the first day of school, she looks in the mirror and finds rainbow stripes covering her skin. When the kids see her, they shout out other patterns they'd like to see. Eventually, she's a horrific mess and the principal sends her home to be poked and prodded by various doctors and experts, though every "cure" just makes it worse. Finally, after a huge fuss, a sweet little old lady shows up with an unexpectedly obvious solution.
justinscott66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
David Shannon has once again struck gold with "A Bad Case of Stripes," adding to his canon of unlikely heroes who in the end learn a lesson about being themselves. A great read aloud for children struggling with the contradictory position of individual and group identity. It's also great for parents - unspoken participants in that struggle!
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about a girl who is worried about what other people think about her. Because Camilla Cream won't eat lima beans because her friends don't like them; she turns into different images all over her skin. Once she eats lima beans again everything goes back to normal. This is a great book for vocabulary.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Camille really loves lima beans but is embarassed to eat them for fear that everyone will laugh at her until she wakes up one morening with stripes. Coincidentally, she starts school the next morning and her mother does not want her to go for fear that she is contagious. The doctor that is sent to check up on Camille approves of her going to school. All the while Camille is just dying for a nice full plate of lima beans! Her problems continue to worsen. She even turns into her own bedroom with bed being her mouth. No one in town could help camille except on little old lady who recommends a plate of lima beans. Almost instantly Camille is healed from her strange illness. This is a great book for teaching kids the importance of vegetablesFor grades k-3Can be used in teaching a lesson about fears
JusticeEvans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very modern classic picture book. Camilla Cream likes her lima beans, but this makes her an outcast, because kids shouldn't like lima beans! She shortly develops a case of stripes and other colorful patterns across her body, much to the chagrin of her parents and a variety of healers. In the end, lima beans save the day and Camilla learns to just do what she likes and not worry about what others think.This is a wonderful read-aloud book that I use when my class needs some reminding about the different preferences and choices people have and make.
shanda1021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:A little girl named Camilla loved lima beans but would not eat them because she was afraid the other kids at school would make fun of her. While trying to pick out clothes for school she ended up getting multicolor stripes all over her body that changed to polkadots and various other bizarre things as everyone tried to cure her. Finally, an old lady brought her a can of lima beans and when she ate them...she was CURED.Personal Reaction: I personally found this book was very close to my heart because I went through a stage where I felt like I shouldn't eat Red Beans and Rice because no one else did. I also went through an awkward stage where I just wanted to fit in.Classroom Extensions:1. This is a good book to read on the first day of school when children are at their most vulnerable.2. Also, I think this would be a good book to introduce certain changes and trying new things.
Trina08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book. This is a story about a little girl who loves lime beans but didn't want to get them because no one else like them at her school, so all of a sudden she got sick and eventually was turning different colors and different items that she would see. Until her grandma came over and brought her some lime bean to heal her. This is a great book club book to have students read together and figure out the problem, unrealistic problem, and realistic problem.
runner_roader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover of the book brings you in, wanting to know what is making this girl all stripped. She loves lima beans, but wants to fill like she fits in at school so she says she hates lima beans like her peers. But this leads to an unruly case of strips which later transforms into whatever someone yells out. At one point, Camilla has turned into her bedroom with pictures for her eyes. She eventually realizes that admitting she likes something different isn't all that bad.Personal ReflectionI like how we can see that our peers can really have an influence over our thoughts and actions. Eventually we must realize that it is okay to be different and like things that our peers might dislike. A great book to illustrate the need to be ourselves and not fall to peer pressure. Classroom connectionsHave students draw pictures or write story about something they like to do/eat that might be different from their peers. Then present these drawings in class and display the many differences of the students in the classroom on a bulletin board.
amandawebster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but won't eat them because she wants to fit in. One morning she wakes up to find that she has stripes all over her body. Doctors, experts, and a spiritual counselor try to cure her, but she keeps transforming more and more. Finally, an old woman gives her lima beans, and Camilla becomes a girl again. A cute story with a great message about not being ashamed of who you are.
megjwal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David ShannonThis picture book is about a girl named Camilla Cream who loves lima beans, but does not ever eat them. She is afraid of what the other kids a school with think of her if she eats them. Camilla then gets the bad case of the strips and turns the color of the rainbow. Her stripes get worse and worse until she realizes if she likes lima beans she can eat them. I like this book because it helps looking a peer pressure in a humors way. Children do feel pressure from a very young age to look and act a certain way because it¿s cool.I would use this book with any elementary class to talk about peer pressure. I would ask them if they have ever felt like they could not do something in front of their friends because they will be made fun of. I could use it as a starting point to encourage students to let each person be themselves.