Perfect Picture Book Friday! How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans by David LaRochelle

Happy Friday! Before I get to my Perfect Picture Book Pick, I wanted to ask that, after you are done here, click on over to The Write Chat, the Vlog that Felicia (kid author and creator of the Stanley and Katrina blog) and I started. We are hosting our first guest – Author Michelle Isenhoff!

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Now on to Perfect Picture Book Friday!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love the story idea (and there are evil green beans involved).

marthaHow Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans

By David LaRochelle

Illustrated by Mark Fearing

32 pages – ages 5+
Published by Dial on April 18, 2013

Theme/Topic- Picky eaters

Genre- Fiction/Humor

Opening and Synopsis-
Opening – “Every Tuesday evening Martha’s family had green beans for dinner.”

Synopsis (Taken from inside jacket) Green beans are good for you. Green beans will make you big and strong.” Martha doesn’t believe what her parents tell her. And nothing will ever–EVER–make her eat them.
But when some beady-eyed, boot stomping beans bust into town and start causing trouble, Martha knows she has to take action against this gang of outlaws, cutthroats and desperadoes. She can think of only one was to stop the villainous veggies, and it’s not pretty…or tasty.

Why I liked this book- 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!

Activities and Resources-
Stacey Jensen already nominated How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans last year (see her review HERE), but I liked the book so much, I thought it was worth another mention.

You can check out some of the artwork at Mark Fearing’s website HERE.

David La Rochelle has some Martha coloring pages on his site HERE. has some great ideas and activities to help your picky eater get over being picky (click HERE). The site suggests letting your child help out in the kitchen, which I think is a great idea!

You can do what Susanna Leonard Hill suggests and cover everything in chocolate (okay, she didn’t actually state that, but I don’t think she’ll disagree). 😉 has some great ideas for helping your toddlers not be picky eaters (click HERE).

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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40 replies

  1. I agree with you that this book is worth reading twice and reviewing twice! It is a great read. And I like some of the activities you suggested. Especially covering everything in chocolate for the picky eater. This works everytime!! 🙂

    I Love your idea of newsletter and vlog and interviews. I will go there directly and sign up. 🙂

  2. We always mention this book while eating (or attempting to eat) our green beans. It’s a fun one.

  3. I think this is a fun book for a picky eater. I don’t know how she get rid of the desperado green beans, but cooking and eating them would be a great way.

    I know that many parents puree vegetables and freeze them in cubes and bag them in freezer bags. Then they add the food puree to their kids favorite dishes and the kids don’t have a clue. Sneaky, but it works.

  4. I too am hooked by the title. I’m writng up a post about picky eaters and will definitely link back here. Thanks. Perfect timing!

  5. I wish this book was around when my daughter was five! I should probably get it for my personal bookshelf because the eventual grandchildren will take after their momma. Personally, since you all are dying to know, I love green beans. 🙂

  6. Hmmm, I recently did a post about treating picky readers like picky eaters….but I never thought about covering the BOOKS in chocolate.

  7. I love this one, too, Erik! It’s a family favorite. Thanks for reminding me to get it back off the shelf. Cheers!

  8. I agree — the title hooked me too when I first saw it. Fun premise for a PB. Great review, Erik!

  9. Sounds like a fun read! And what a great title.

  10. I think it deserves a second mention too! I have signed up for the vlog.

  11. This book sounds great, Erik! (But I don’t think anything could make me willing to eat green beans. The thought makes me shudder!) Now to head over to sign up for the vlog!

  12. A great book. I love vegetables (I’m a vegetarian) but many kids don’t like them. (Even my husband doesn’t like them. Maybe I should buy the book for him! I loved your vlog today with Mrs. Isenhoff!

  13. I love green beans as long as they are well cooked. I have some growing in my garden at this very moment. Love the cover of your book. Great for the picky eater.

    Have just been over watching the video where you both interviewed each other and then the interview with Michelle Isenhoff. Brilliant! Will definitely be back to watch more. It is lovely to put a face to some of our lovely authors/writers. Thanks Erik, I really enjoyed my visit here today.

  14. Too funny! I’m one of those people who belong to the clean plate club, so, I can’t relate. 😉

  15. I do love that word desperado. Great review Erik! Will check out your vlog soon.

  16. I too am instantly hooked by the title of this book – so great! And as the parent of the original picky eater, I would have LOVED to have this book about 15 years ago 🙂 It’s always great to have a PPBF pick seconded by someone else – just means it’s really perfect 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Erik!

  17. Like everyone else, LOVE the title – and the story sounds FABULOUS. Thanks for the review, Erik!

  18. haha! Pretty funny! I would be happy to eat all those green beans!! 😀

  19. Haha! Looks great!
    BTW, I bought the belching book on your recommendation. I haven’t read it to my class yet but my son read parts of it out loud at dinner last night and it was hilarious. So thank you!

  20. Fun review, SuperKid! I love my fruits and greens but giggled at you saying that Susanna suggests everything be covered in chocolate. Cathy agrees. 😀

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