Friday, August 27, 2010

Review: A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon


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!

My Review:

I can't even tell you how amazing this book is to read to middle schoolers! The weirdness of it attracts their minds - many already remember the ending slightly from elementary school. But the message of the book is one that hits middle school kids right where they are - wanting to fit in so badly they end up looking like a big fool. It opens the door to talking about accepting people for who they are and for being courageous enough to be who you really are even if some people might think you're a bit strange. I used this in class to analyze the varying emotions of the characters, and it really opens up some interesting discussion points about peer pressure and self-esteem.


Published June 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1998)

Available: Amazon | The Book Depository (affiliate links)

Additional Resources:

You can find Sean Astin dramatically reading this book at the amazing Storyline Online along with other actors reading favorite picture books.

Source: Purchased


  1. My daughter is in 3rd grade and just read this book. She loved it!

  2. Thanks for this review!

    Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and forthcoming "The Homeplace Revisited" Spring 2011

  3. This does sound terrific. I enjoyed reading your review and hadn't heard of this book before venturing here.

  4. oh yes yes! I absolutely LOVE this book :D good review! hopping on through and am now a follower. Happy reading!