Martha hates green beans. But when a gang of lean, mean and green b(e)andits swagger into town, everyone who has ever said “Eat your green beans” is in trouble — including her parents — and it’s up to Martha to save them.
Poor Buddy. All he wants is to make a nice monster meal of the bunnies that he encounters, but somehow or other, his plan keeps getting thwarted by the bunnies, who may or may not know exactly what they are doing…
For a long time, the animals have wondered what the moon tasted like, but none of them could touch it, no matter how hard they tried — that is, until a tenacious little tortoise decides to aim much higher and spontaneously kick-starts an ambitious plan that requires the animals to work together to literally reach their common goal.
The folk poem that inspired this book and countless similar iterations has become so ubiquitous that most people must have heard or read at least one version of it — with some attempting to water down the provocative “perhaps she’ll die” refrain with something more politically correct.
Parents who’ve had to pull their hair out over their little picky eaters’ dietary woes will empathise with little Achilles’s parents when he declares one day that wholesome bananas are no longer his cup of tea. Instead what he really wants is to eat a child!
One of the reasons why many of Dr. Seuss’s best books resonate with both children and grown-ups, is the way he has compressed important life lessons into ostensibly lightly-worded and catchy rhymes that can be understood by anyone. And one of the best examples of his genius at work is, of course, Green Eggs and Ham, which, incredibly, contains only 50 different words — the happy result of a bet between the author and his publisher — and is ideal for the youngest readers.
‘Eating a rainbow’ is a concept that helps kids to identify fresh produce and encourages healthy eating habits.
Mmm Let’s Eat! is thus a deliciously colourful book that reinforces this fundamental idea with its simple but enjoyable narrative involving a cast of friendly animal characters who make good food choices as the day progresses from morning to night.