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wantedThe Green Beans are always WANTED!


Just a few of the amazing cards I got. Wow!


And this one had a surprise on the inside!

detail_insideA POP-UP!! How cool is that!?

bnsMore beans hanging around looking for trouble…

zapsEven some Very Witchy Spelling and Spells going on! So much work that involved every book I’ve worked on. Very inspiring!

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I had a great time visiting Warrenton Grade School in Oregon! I spent time with hundreds of kids across two days and answered so many great questions about writing, drawing and even animation, that I left totally inspired. Thanks for a great visit!

And thanks for the teachers and librarians and everyone up there who made the visit possible.

I have lots of great photos that I will post across the next few days. I received some really neat cards, and the posters and bulletin boards they made were the best I’ve seen yet!



Great welcome poster, and look at what’s inside the letters! Green Beans!


And another first – those bad green beans finally meet their match! The Book That Eats People!



I have plenty of more posts of the amazing creativity on display at the school!

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I just heard from David LaRochelle that How Martha Saved her Parents from Green Beans was nominated for the 26th annual Minnesota Book awards in the Children’s Lit category. David has TWO books nominated in that category one illustrated by the awesome Mike Wohnoutka.

Congrats to David and Mike!

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Are the green beans bad? They are if they make noise after midnight.

beanbean2If you are unlucky enough to be having green beans tomorrow you better keep a close eye on them.

Thanks for the mention on the What is ML Reading blog!

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VBA (Very Busy Author) David LaRochelle was at the Minnesota State Fair reading and conducting activities as part of the  Children’s Literature Network. He showed off How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans and found out what other foods kids love to hate. (Corn dogs and mini donuts were NOT on the Don’t Like list I’m guessing)

I miss the Minnesota State Fair!

Here in Oregon it’s impossible to explain how big-a-deal the fair is back in Minnesota. I tried to explain that the State Fair is sort of like the Super Bowl and a few Holidays tossed together. In all my years in Minnesota I never missed one and many times I attended nearly every day.

Here in Oregon the State Fair just isn’t a big deal. There’s no radio stations based there for the week. No TV newscasts taking place from the fairgrounds. Nike, one the biggest employers in Oregon and a homegrown fortune 500 company has no presence that I can see. Intel (The biggest employer in Oregon) also has no obvious presence. In Minnesota almost everyone I knew went to the fair. Here in Oregon it’s the rare person who even knows about it.

It’s too bad. It’s a great place to build camaraderie and mix-it-up with the other members of the state where you live. And eat food on a stick. They don’t even have a chocolate cookie stand at the Oregon State Fair! No bucket of cookies to take home. So I probably eat healthier here in Oregon in August, but it’s far less fun.

Congrats to David for working the fair! It’s the best State Fair, don’t miss it or even be late.

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David LaRochelle reading How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans at the St. Paul Saints game!

Martha at the Saint Paul Saints game

That’s a big book cover.

Martha on scoreboard

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Great  piece in Publisher’s Weekly on how indy bookstores are having scavenger hunts during the summer. And how one bookstore has kids searching for Green Beans. Especially the ones with mustaches! Click here to read it.


Of course you ALL know about the bad green beans that take parents captive. That play dice. That dance and make … well, if you don’t know get a copy of David LaRochelle’s wonderful book. And I’m not just saying that because I did the illustrations! Really.

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Here’ s a link to an interview I did with Mackin Educational Services.  And I really appreciate the opportunity and the time they put into this.

The top of the page is about Kate DiCamillo’s new book which the odds makers put at 800-to-1 to be great. Does she write finished manuscripts in her sleep? That might explain the amazing amount of wonderful work she does. Anyway, you can scroll on down and read about me.

Actually the page and site has a lot of great info on books and reading so by all means go there to read about me, but you might actually enjoy all the other material far more.

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A great review at the Tulsa City-County library for How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans.

And a nice post about the book at Cinjoella.

And another one here at the I-am-so-grateful blog.

David’s super funny story goes down well for all kinds of picky eaters!

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A nice review of How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It’s great to see David LaRochelle’s book continue to get attention! And they mention some other great books too.

But it really is the season for green beans. At least the kind that don’t tie you up and play dice games.

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