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How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  107 reviews

"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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Dial Books for Young Readers
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Margaret Cross-Beliveau
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 6 year old loved this book and she hates veggies. What better recommendation can you get?
Kristina Jean Lareau
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook
This is a creative little story with some great illustrations
Kirsti Call
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a FANTASTIC picture book. This is so much fun and so creative!
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, picture-book
Another book illustrated by Mark Fearing as I continue to follow his work. The cover of this and the title made this one just jump into my hands. Martha's family has green beans for dinner EVERY Tuesday. Martha has never eaten a green bean and never will. They are BAD - VERY BAD! The cover of the book shows tall, mustachioed, booted, mean looking green beans and Martha was right - they are bad. "A gang of mean green beans swaggered into town." They chased old ladies, attacked teachers at school, ...more
Lori Siesto
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the saga of Martha, her kidnapped parents, and the meanest green beans around. Martha hates eating green beans, a weekly family tradition. She is happy when she finds out the personified veggie villains have taken her parents, but she soon realizes life without her Mom and Dad will be lonely and sad. Martha and the beans have a cartoon stand-off and Martha saves the day by first swallowing her disgust, and then by swallowing green beans.

Upsides: The book is intentionally reminiscent of a
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This made me think of Creepy Carrots!, but the green beans weren't torturing or gaslighting the main character like in that book. Well, kinda. They kidnapped her parents. Lol, I would *not* recommend this book to parents trying to get their kids to eat green beans. This would have the *opposite* effect ...more
Julia Toomey
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Ordered our first Amazon Prime Book Subscription and picked this book as one of the two we could choose.

Greatly written and great illustrations. Who wouldn't want to fight a vegetable; kids don't want to eat?
Medeia Sharif
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I chuckled out loud reading this. A girl who hates green beans has to save her parents from a group of ornery beans. An unlikely hero steps up to save her loved ones. I'd love to read more from the author. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun read-aloud with a clever spin on why you should eat your vegetables.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this to my Summer Reading Children & to my nieces. Very cute little story!
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adroable! For every kid (and adult) who hates green beans!
Kenson and kirra
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i hate green beans. i knew they were evil. i'm not sure i could eat them even to save my parents. yuck!! (age 5) ...more
Jessa McCauley
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Hilarious ending
Julie Kirchner
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Huge hit with students! A silly story about a girl who hates green beans and her opportunity to get revenge on them when they kidnap her green bean loving parents.
Meredith Kaupp
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really fun story, and my preschoolers loved it.
Michael Lent
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Big fun!
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5- Oh this book is a hoot! I kept hearing western showdown music playing in the back of my mind as I read it. Great story, great illustrations.
Caroline Herfindahl
The illustrations were my favorite part of this book about a little girl who doesn’t like green beans especially when they kidnap her parents!
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very clever and funny
Gretchen Oates
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars.
Sarah Catherine
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary
So cute! Book is about being courageous and conquering your fears.
The Book Box
Oct 09, 2016 added it
Shelves: library
Mama read this to me tonight. It was a really silly book, and reminded me of Dan Yaccarino's The Lima Bean Monster - I love evil veggie books! ...more
Pop Bop
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
It's Not Easy Being Green

I usually don't buy books like this online on spec. I read an ARC or look at the book at the library or check it out and buy it at a bookstore. Kid picture books are just too pricey for taking flyers. But I couldn't resist this one, and I'm glad I didn't.

The whole Martha-hates-green-beans thing suggested we might be heading into precious territory. The whole kids-hate-vegetables cliche has never appealed to me as a surefire laugher. We're giving this to a grandchild who
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
Author/Illustrator: David LaRochelle & Mark Fearing
Genre: Fantasy, Picture Storybook
Themes: Picky eaters
Plot Summary: Martha, a young girl, and her mom and dad eat green beans with their dinner on Tuesdays. Martha hates green beans. One Tuesday, with Martha unaware of how mean green beans could be, a gang of green beans barged into her house, tied up her parents, and took them away! At first, Martha was enjoying her parents not being home for a
In Martha's family Tuesday nights mean green beans for dinner. Martha hates green beans and refuses to eat them. Every Tuesday her parents give her reasons why green beans are good and they she should, therefore, eat them.

"They are both wrong," thought Martha.

"Green beans are bad. Very bad."

Martha is proven right when a band of very bad green beans--complete with tattoos, villainous handlebar moustaches and wearing cowboy boots invade the town. They are on a mission of revenge: to capture anyone
Sue Edwards
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
With a title like this, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but the cover told me that it was going to be a bit wacky.

Like many of us, Martha’s parents plan dinner on something of a schedule. Every single Tuesday, Martha’s family had green beans. For my son, this would have been a good thing but not for Martha. Martha’s parents assured her that green beans are good for her. They explained that they would make her strong.

Martha wasn’t buying it. Martha knew deep down that green bea
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, family, food
Martha doesn’t want to eat her green beans at dinner. Her parents keep telling her how wonderful they are, but she really doesn’t want anything to do with them. One night as she is sitting and staring at the cold green beans on her plate (she is supposed to keep sitting there until she eats them even though her parents finished dinner ages ago), she hears a noise. When she goes to the other room she sees a note that the green beans have taken her parents. At first Martha is excited that she can ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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I loved the unique story line in this book with the green beans being the bad guys. I think we all have kids who think that one particular food is horrible and would love to have a reprieve from eating it. I really enjoyed how the green beans were portrayed as being the enemy and being the bad guys. The pictures of them throughout the book are hilarious and just what we would imagine them to be as the bad g
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this more than I had expected to. Martha is left alone at the dinner table with a plateful of green beans. Martha refuses to eat them because "...[g]reen beans are bad. Very bad." Soon Martha discovers just how bad they are when a gang of mean green beans kidnap her parents. At first Martha is thrilled to be on her own, but quickly realizes that she misses her parents. After Martha saves her parents, it's decided that they'll forgo green beans for corn on the cob, broccoli, and a nice le ...more
Caryn Caldwell
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Martha swears that green beans are horrible, vile things, but her parents don't believe her. Not until the night the green beans attack everyone who's ever made someone eat them, carrying off Martha's parents in the process. Now it's up to Martha to save her mom and dad, but it might require a bit of a sacrifice from the bean-averse girl.

This hilarious story is a lot of fun to read aloud, and many children will sympathize with Martha's dislike of green beans -- although some parents may not appr
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