Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesdays with David: A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes
By David Shannon
The Blue Sky Press 1998
Borrowed from Aunt Sara

The story: Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she cares too much about what other people think to actually eat them. As she tries to pick the perfect outfit to impress all of her classmates, she suddenly grows multi-colored stripes all over her body. The doctors and specialists can't figure out how to cure her and every remedy gives her a new addition - viruses, berries, more colors, and even a tail. Could the little old lady at the front door know what to do?

Mama opines: This book will make your little one laugh at the funny transformations that poor Camilla goes through. The pictures are wonderful.  More than that, it will hopefully remind them that they do not have to please other people. Camilla is a big people pleaser, but she learns through this adventure that it's ok to march to your own drumbeat. If your child likes lima beans though, you may have to have them on hand for dinner after reading this book!

Thoughts from David: I like it because, well, A Bad Case of Stripes is my favorite book. Camilla turns all sorts of colors and looks like a beautiful rainbow!
Favorite part: She turns into a medicine, into a giant pill!

Happy Reading!


  1. I love this book! It is so popular in my library too. :)

    I nominated you for a blog award!

    1. It's a fun one, isn't it? My sister was so kind to let David borrow some of her favorite childhood that he doesn't chew on them or rip pages!

  2. my favorite part was when she turned into her ROOM. that was amazing. I try to read this to the kids at school (library tech) every year, and we always get a lot of laughter and sympathy for the girl. She NEEDS some lima beans. :)

    1. Just eat the beans already!! It must have been so much fun to illustrate that book.