A Bad Case of Stripes

by David Shannon


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This darkly funny fable uses unforgettably vivid art to reveal a girl's strange transformations as she learns to be happy with who she is.

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Camilla Cream is very worried about what other people think about her, but at the very moment she most wants to fit in, she becomes completely covered in colorful stripes! Worse yet, she seems to change colors to match whatever is happening around her. When the class says the Pledge of Allegiance, she turns red, white, and blue! Instead of blending in, she's standing out.

Specialists are called but the situation goes from bad to worse. Isn't there anyone who can help Camilla remember what it means to be herself?

Sure to invite discussion, this is an engaging book that imaginatively explores the risks of trying to be like everyone else.
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Product Details

    • Grades: K - 2
    • Ages: 5 - 7
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 9" x 11"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-439-07955-6

Editorial Reviews

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity—imaginative, vibrant, and at times good and spooky—and his emphatic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Inspired by his own experiences as a child (and the drawings he did when he was little), David Shannon's books perfectly capture how hard it can be to do the right thing. An internationally acclaimed author and illustrator, Shannon has always been an artist. "I've drawn since I could hold a pencil, or a crayon," he says. At the age of five, he drew pictures of himself doing all the things he wasn't supposed to be doing. It was this work that became the inspiration for his Caldecott Honor Book No, David!