Every kid hates green beans don’t they?
Author: David LaRochelle
Illustrator: Mark Fearing
Age: 4-7 year olds
Opening lines: Every Tuesday evening Martha’s family had green beans for dinner. Every Tuesday night Martha was left alone at the table, staring at a plate of green beans that she wouldn’t eat.
Synopsis: Martha doesn’t realise how bad green beans are until a gang of mean green beans with long curly mustaches and sharp pointy boots swagger into town, wrecking havoc and stealing her parents. There’s only one way to deal with these vile veggies and it’s not going to end well (for the beans anyway).
What I like about this book: The story is hilarious – the notion of the green beans coming to get revenge on all who say “Eat your green beans.” I like that Martha is brave and does whatever it takes to save her parents (and the rest of the world) even though she thinks beans are disgusting. The pictures are also very funny – close ups of the beans with their cowboy hats, pirate hats, patches, scars and beards and mustaches.
The moral of the story is …
“Eat your vegetables before they eat you!”
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