A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon

A BAD CASE OF STRIPES

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Camilla Cream wants to fit in, so she conforms, denying herself the things she craves--lima beans, for example--if the other kids frown upon them. She wakes up one morning covered head to toe with party-colored stripes--not the state of affairs aspired to by a conventionalist, but it's only the beginning of her troubles. Her schoolmates call out designs and Camilla's skin reacts: polka dots, the American flag--``poor Camilla was changing faster than you could change channels on a T.V.'' Specialists are called in, as are experts, healers, herbalists, and gurus. An environmental therapist suggests she ``breathe deeply, and become one with your room.'' Camilla melts into the wall. It takes a little old lady with a handful of lima beans to set Camilla to rights. 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. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-590-92997-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1997




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