One of my favourite picture books from last year was It’s a Tiger, a fun and funny picture book about a boy who can’t seem to get away from a very persistent tiger. Written by David LaRochelle, the book is a wonderful blend of imagination and humour, so you can imagine my delight when his next book, How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans, turned out to be just as memorable.
Martha, like many children, hates green beans. She doesn’t want to eat them and avoids them at all cost. She knows that green beans are awful, but she could never have imagined just how bad they really were until the day a group of green bean bandits come to town and take over. They terrorize the residents (my favourite example of their behaviour: they throw tomatoes at a terrified teacher – the illustration just makes me smile) and run amok. But when they kidnap Martha’s parents, Martha knows that something has to be done.
This is a fantastic adventure story, a great tale for picky eaters, and it is just brimming with wonderfully imaginative illustrations, courtesy of Mark Fearing. This is a memorable story that just begs for more than one reading.
This book is great one-on-one or for sharing with larger groups, so if you spot it, be sure to give it a try!