Monday, April 22, 2013
I love listening to authors and illustrators talk about their books. Rarely do I get the opportunity to hear both the author and illustrator of a picture book speak in the same place! Sunday afternoon's large crowd at the Red Balloon was thrilled to hear from David LaRochelle and Mark Fearing (who had just met each other in person) about their collaboration on How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans. Guests were encouraged to wear mustaches (like the bad beans in the story), guess the number of green beans in the bad bean jar, add the name of their least favorite foods to a poster, and eat green jelly beans. David read the entire book aloud, and Mark drew bad green beans at the easel as he talked about how he loved creating the artwork.
Note: My friend Lucy and I eventually had to discard our mustaches...too fuzzy, too hard to talk correctly. We both love our personalized copies, complete with a bad bean drawn on the end pages by Mark.