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A Bad Case of Stripes
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Cover of book
Author David Shannon
Illustrator David Shannon
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Published 1998
Publisher Blue Sky Press (Scholastic Press)
Pages 32 (unpaginated)

A Bad Case of Stripes is a children's book by David Shannon published in 1998 by Blue Sky Press, a division of Scholastic Press.

Plot summary

The main character is a girl named Camilla Cream who secretly loves lima beans but doesn't want to eat them because her friends dislike them and she wants to be just like them.

One day she wakes up to discover thick, solid-colored stripes all over her body. The Family's physician, Dr. Bumble determines that Camilla is well enough to attend school. But when she does, most of the other children tease her and some of the other children call out colors and patterns which cause the colors on her skin to shift around. The school teachers worry that her condition may be contagious, so the principal sends her home.

At home, Camilla goes through a number of increasingly preposterous metamorphoses such as turning into a pill after being given one, having viruses, bacteria, and fungus colonies grow on her body after the community's expert scientists discuss these as a possible cause while examining her, growing roots, berries, crystals, feathers, and a long furry tail after receiving different medicine. Finally, she melts and merges into her room after an environmental therapist tells her to “become one with the room”.

Finally, an old lady persuades her to eat some lima beans. Camilla is afraid to admit her willingness to eat them at first, but after realizing that this could be her only hope of being cured, she allows the old woman to feed her them. Camilla is successfully reverted to a human and continues to eat lima beans; although her friends consider her strange for liking them (and for her bow being covered in stripes), she doesn't even care a bit. She enjoys being different and never has stripes again.

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