Happy Thursday! The moral of this week’s TBT is always eat your lima beans! And be yourself, of course.
Title: A Bad Case of the Stripes // David Shannon, published 1998
Memories: When I saw the cover of this book in the library, I got so excited because I instantly remembered Camilla Cream and her changing skin. I was seven when this book came out and I still vividly remember the illustrations and the lima bean plot (Camilla loves lima beans but doesn’t want to be made fun of). I also remember thinking lima beans were gross, but that is unrelated.
Thoughts as an adult: The illustrations in this book are fantastic. The colors are so vibrant and I love the way Camilla’s various stripes, stars, pill, etc. are portrayed. The double page illustration of Camilla as the bedroom is just fantastic. Story-wise, the message is deeper and more legit than my memory holds. Camilla loves lima beans but also cares A LOT about what other people think of her. When she doesn’t stay true to herself, she gets a bad case of the stripes that can only be cured with some good old lima beans. The whole point is to be yourself and not worry about what other people think of you, which isn’t a new message but David Shannon makes this point in a wonderfully creative way.
Does it hold up? Yes! It’s a great picture book and I love the book’s message. The illustrations are delightful and Camilla is a precocious turned sweet character. A+, David Shannon, A+.
Until next time, happy reading!