A little girl who never eats green beans resorts to extreme measures when a mob of rogue beans kidnaps her parents in this twisted take on cleaning your plate.
Martha’s parents serve green beans for dinner every Tuesday and always tell her how good they are for her. But Martha knows green beans are really bad. “Very bad.” She’s vindicated when a “gang of mean green beans,” with “black beady eyes and long curly mustaches” and wearing “cowboy hats and sharp pointy boots,” swaggers into town, terrorizing anyone who’s ever advocated eating green beans. After the dastardly beans kidnap her parents, Martha’s initially elated to be on her own, but by morning, she misses them. When she finds the beans holding her parents hostage, Martha threatens to eat the beans if they won’t let her parents go. The beans don’t take Martha seriously, as she’s never eaten a green bean in her life. Will Martha hold her nose and eat the beans, or will she let the bad beans rule? Dramatically comic illustrations rely on bold colors as well as exaggerated gestures and facial expressions to heighten the absurd. With their silly black hats, boots, mustaches and eyes, the spindly green beans actually do look menacing enough to steal the show.
A must for picky eaters. (Picture book. 5-8)