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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Camilla Chameleon

by (author) Colleen Sydor

illustrated by Pascale Constantin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2007
Humorous Stories, School & Education
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2007
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price

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Camilla is a little strange-looking. But she's one talented ... girl. She can pick up a hopscotch rock without even bending over. She can look at her teacher with one eye and read a comic book with the other. And, best of all, she can blend in perfectly with her surroundings --- so that no one, not even her parents, can tell she's there.

Camouflaging sure comes in handy when it's time for her to go to the doctor or clean out the class hamster cage for her teacher. But one day Camilla blows her cover ... and finds herself in the spotlight.

Colleen Sydor's spirited story and Pascale Constantin's brilliantly quirky illustrations bring to life a wonderfully weird girl who discovers that standing out isn't so bad after all.

About the authors

Colleen Sydor was born and raised in Winnipeg, where she lives with her husband and three children, and works as a writer and floral designer. She brings quick wit and a lively sense of language to her books for young readers. Four of her books have won the McNally Robinson Book For Young People award. Sydor's children have always been grist for her writer's mill. She finds that as they grow in feet and inches, so her stories are lengthening as well.

Colleen Sydor's profile page

Pascale Constantin has illustrated many children's books in Canada and the United States. The two books that she created for Kids Can Press, Camilla Chameleon and Raising a Little Stink are among her favorites. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Pascale Constantin's profile page


  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Great Book of the Year, Canadian Toy Testing Council
  • Winner, Book for Young People Award, McNally Robinson

Editorial Reviews

The exaggerated, quirky artwork's the real star here in scene after scene, where bug-eyed, blonde pony-tailed Camilla is cleverly camouflaged in the various backgrounds.

Kirkus Reviews

The art is vibrant and original ... a fresh story.

School Library Journal

Librarian Reviews

Camilla Chameleon

Camilla may look strange, but she can blend in at just the right times. Brilliant quirky pictures bring to life a wonderfully weird girl who learns that standing out isn’t so bad after all.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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Other titles by Pascale Constantin