PPBF: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

It’s Friday and here’s my choice for Perfect Picture Book Fridays:


How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

By David LaRochelle

Pictures by Mark Fearing

Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013


Suitable for ages: 3 and up

Themes/Topics: Picky Eater, Family

Opening Line: Every Tuesday evening Martha’s family had green beans for dinner.

Synopsis from Amazon: 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.

Link to resources: Play with your food — act out how Martha saves her parents! David LaRochelle has a links to coloring pages and how to make a “Wanted” poster for mean beans.

Why I like this book: We are going through a food stage that includes little love for vegetables. We read this first at the dinner table before serving green beans. We didn’t plan that, but it worked out nicely. If mean green beans kidnap us, I’m not sure Enzo would do what Martha did in the book! In other words, we’d be tied up in a cave for a very, very, very long time. I’m sure he’ll eat green beans one day.

For more PPBF selections, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. 

How is everyone doing with the PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo challenges? We are in the middle. I feel like I’m a little saggy, but I am staying  on track. I always write down a ton of ideas. No joke, I’m at around 75 and have one draft written. I owe a lot of ideas to the day of sickness. Not much else to do but think and tap out ideas on the iPhone.



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38 thoughts on “PPBF: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

  1. Hope those mean beans don’t squash anyone or “beet” them up! Oh wait – it’s a picture book so there will be a clever, non-violent solution!

    I know you will power through the month – hang in there!

  2. I love this book, it is so funny! 75 ideas is pretty impressive, plus a draft! Good for you, that’s great! I have a lot of ideas (not 75) but am tempted to delete the ones that sound goofy. We’ll see how it goes!

  3. Sounds like a very funny book! I grew up loving vegetable because we planted and picked them out of the garden. As far a green beans of any vegetable a kid doesn’t like, I learned to put them in a blender/food processor and puree them. Freeze serving proportions in a cupcake holder and then put in single servings in a freezer bag. You can thaw the portions and hide them in the foods he may like — spaghetti sauce, etc. You can really be creative and he won’t know the difference. 🙂

  4. Great choice, Stacy. I loved How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans too. Incorporates elements of the Western genre is so clever. If you are looking for a triple serving of tasty vegetables, you could pair this book with Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.

  5. Love this choice, Stacy, as the mom of a VERY picky eater (who you’ll be happy to know outgrew his food prejudices at age 12 when he started to grow :)) I was sold on the title alone! Can’t wait to read this one!

  6. Reading about greens and eating them -what a great idea. Though if green beans kidnap, not sure if I would eat them… LOL. Best wishes on all your writing. So prolific, my friend!

  7. You’d think I’d get tired of eat-your-vegetables books, but I never do!
    Congrats on your idea notebook, even though you think you’re a little slow. This is only my second year. I thought I was a freak for getting 82 ideas last year. Thanks for sharing your number. I am a little slower this year, but feel I have more good ideas. I haven’t counted yet . . . guess I’d better do that soon. Thanks, Stacy.

    • Joanne, I am also writing title and log lines for my ideas this year. It’s a way to push myself. I thought it would slow me down on the number. So far … not the problem. I had a very busy weekend, so my ideas/loglines trickled in.