How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

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by David LaRochelle, Mark Fearing
     
 

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Martha HATES green beans. When some mean, green bandits stroll into town, anyone who ever said "Eat your green beans" is in big trouble. But when the beans kidnap Martha's parents, Martha is forced to take action. She can think of only one way to stop the villainous veggies from taking over her town, and it’s not pretty...or tasty. Featuring

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Martha HATES green beans. When some mean, green bandits stroll into town, anyone who ever said "Eat your green beans" is in big trouble. But when the beans kidnap Martha's parents, Martha is forced to take action. She can think of only one way to stop the villainous veggies from taking over her town, and it’s not pretty...or tasty. Featuring absurdly funny text and illustrations with attitude, this is a hilarious read for everyone – even the pickiest of eaters.

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From the Publisher
"With a wacky premise and a perfect tone, this saga is sure to please vegetable haters everywhere." - School Library Journal

"Despicably delightful. The expressions on Martha’s dog’s face, alone, are worth the read." - Library Media Connection

"LaRochelle's text is both picturesque and succinct, a tasty treat to read aloud." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Dramatically comic illustrations rely on bold colors as well as exaggerated gestures and facial expressions to heighten the absurd...a must for picky eaters." - Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Every Tuesday, Martha's parents tried to make her eat green beans for dinner, but Martha knew green beans were not any good. She did not realize, however, that green beans were downright evil, until the day a gang of beady-eyed, moustache-twirling, black-hat-wearing green beans rolled into town. The bad beans terrorized the area, tossing rotten tomatoes at teachers and throwing chefs into garbage cans, exacting revenge on all the grown-ups who ever told children to eat their green beans. When the green beans kidnap Martha's parents, she is initially thrilled. No more bedtimes. No more dietary restrictions. No more being told what to do. Ever. But by morning, she misses her parents, and she knows it is up to her to rescue them. Martha confronts the green beans, and when they will not release her mom and dad, she stops them the only way she can. She eats every single bean. With the same smart humor as in The End and The Best Pet of All, LaRochelle explores the problem of picky eaters in a way that will make both children and their parents smile. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A hilarious spin on the kid who doesn't like to eat vegetables. Every Tuesday, Martha's family has green beans for dinner, and every Tuesday Martha refuses to eat them. No matter what her parents say, she thinks green beans are bad, and she is proven right one day when a gang of hat-wearing, moustache-sporting, beady-eyed green beans swaggers into town. "Anyone who had ever said, 'Eat your green beans,' was in big, big trouble." The villainous vegetables kidnap Martha's parents, leaving the youngster free to toss her plate of cold green beans out the window and stay up late eating cookies. But a life of total freedom and junk food isn't all that it's cracked up to be, so Martha makes the ultimate sacrifice by rescuing her parents from the beans, using the only means she has… she eats them! Laugh-out-loud illustrations in a palette of saturated colors pit round-faced, red-haired Martha against the tall, thin beans, whose menacing expressions and Western references make them a funny foe. With a wacky premise and a perfect tone, this saga is sure to please vegetable haters everywhere.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl who never eats green beans resorts to extreme measures when a mob of rogue beans kidnaps her parents in this twisted take on cleaning your plate. Martha's parents serve green beans for dinner every Tuesday and always tell her how good they are for her. But Martha knows green beans are really bad. "Very bad." She's vindicated when a "gang of mean green beans," with "black beady eyes and long curly mustaches" and wearing "cowboy hats and sharp pointy boots," swaggers into town, terrorizing anyone who's ever advocated eating green beans. After the dastardly beans kidnap her parents, Martha's initially elated to be on her own, but by morning, she misses them. When she finds the beans holding her parents hostage, Martha threatens to eat the beans if they won't let her parents go. The beans don't take Martha seriously, as she's never eaten a green bean in her life. Will Martha hold her nose and eat the beans, or will she let the bad beans rule? Dramatically comic illustrations rely on bold colors as well as exaggerated gestures and facial expressions to heighten the absurd. With their silly black hats, boots, mustaches and eyes, the spindly green beans actually do look menacing enough to steal the show. A must for picky eaters. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803737662
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/18/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
314,767
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"With a wacky premise and a perfect tone, this saga is sure to please vegetable haters everywhere." - School Library Journal

"Despicably delightful. The expressions on Martha’s dog’s face, alone, are worth the read." - Library Media Connection

"LaRochelle's text is both picturesque and succinct, a tasty treat to read aloud." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Dramatically comic illustrations rely on bold colors as well as exaggerated gestures and facial expressions to heighten the absurd...a must for picky eaters." - Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

David LaRochelle has written or illustrated over twenty-five books, including picture books, puzzle books, craft books, and a book for young adults.

Mark Fearing's animated shorts have been seen on a variety of TV stations and film festivals. He has illustrated several books for children and considers himself barely an adult. He currently works across mediums and love to tell stories with words and pictures.

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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Once again the title of this book hooked me! I for one have always liked vegetables, but there is something about the idea of desperado green beans facing down a little girl who can’t stand the sight of vegetables that is very funny to me. Mark Fearing’s illustrations go with David LaRochelle’s story very well. I love the image of the green bean bad guys! I think it is a great story that may be able to get a picky eater to fight off some evil vegetables by eating them. It is also a cute story with a girl heroine who has to save her parents and does so very creatively! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
rsIL More than 1 year ago
My grandson, age 4, thoroughly enjoyed this book. He is still talking about the mean green beans and loves to eat them. Cleverly written with good illustrations.
DB1955 More than 1 year ago
What a fun story to read to my granddaughters! The story has just enough drama to keep it exciting, just enough humor to keep it light and silly and plenty of plot twists to keep everyone's attention until the end. The illustrations are also amazing. Great book, well done, you can't go wrong with this one!!!