Children's Fiction - Narrator & Character Voices



This is an excerpt from A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon. It features an engaging narrator and the voices of a little girl named Camilla, her concerned mother, and a bumbling Doctor.

Vocal Characteristics



Voice Age

Young Adult (18-35)


North American (General) North American (US General American - GenAM)


Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
Camilla cream loved lima beans but she never ate them. All of her friends hated lima beans and she wanted to fit in Camilla was always worried about what other people thought of her today. She was fretting even more than usual. It was the first day of school and she couldn't decide what to wear. There were so many people to impress. She tried on 42 outfits but none seemed quite right. She put on a pretty red dress and looked in the mirror. Then she screamed. Her mother ran into the room and she screamed too. Oh my heavens! She cried, you're completely covered with stripes. This was certainly true. Camilla was striped from head to toe. She looked like a rainbow Mrs Cream felt Camilla's forehead. Do you feel all right? She asked. I feel fine, Camilla answered, but just look at me. You get back in bed this instant her mother ordered you're not going to school today, Camilla was relieved. She didn't want to miss the first day of school, but she was afraid of what the other kids would say. And she had no idea what to wear with those crazy stripes. That afternoon dr bumble came to examine Camilla. Most extraordinary! He exclaimed. I've never seen anything like it. Are you having any coughing, sneezing? Runny nose aches, pains, chills, hot flashes, dizziness, drowsiness, shortness of breath or uncontrollable twitching. No Camilla told him I feel fine. Well then dr bumble said turning to mrs cream. I don't see any reason why she shouldn't go to school tomorrow. Here's some ointment that should clear up those stripes in a few days if it doesn't, you know where to reach me and off he went.