David LaRochelle

author & illustrator

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

by David LaRochelle
illus­trat­ed by Mark Fear­ing
Dial Books, 2013
Ages: 5 and up
ISBN: 978–0‑8037–3766‑2

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Martha knows that green beans are bad, very bad, but even Martha is caught off guard when a gang of mean green beans strolls into town and kid­naps her par­ents. She can think of only one way to save her parents—and her town—from these vil­lain­ous veg­eta­bles, and it’s not going to be pretty…or tasty!

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Check out these col­or­ing pages (Martha and the Green Beans) from Mark Fear­ing, or try your hand at mak­ing your own “Want­ed” poster for a bad green bean!

Awards and Recognition

Min­neso­ta Book Award final­ist
Ten­nessee Vol­un­teer Book Award nom­i­nee
Wan­da Gag Read Aloud Hon­or Book
Wash­ing­ton Chil­dren’s Choice Pic­ture Book Award nom­i­nee
Wyoming Bucka­roo Book Award nominee


“A hilar­i­ous spin on the kid who does­n’t like to eat vegetables.…With a wacky premise and a per­fect tone, this saga is sure to please veg­etable haters every­where.” (School Library Jour­nal)

“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)

“LaRochelle’s com­plete­ly sil­ly sto­ry has a won­der­ful­ly ridicu­lous fla­vor and will ring true for many fam­i­lies who strug­gle with picky eaters. Mark Fear­ing’s bold, sassy mixed dig­i­tal and media illus­tra­tions cap­ture each char­ac­ter’s mood and reac­tions with com­ic flare. The mean green bean gang, with their cow­boy and pirate fash­ions, is 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)