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The beloved, bestselling tale of edible weather is brought to life!If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you'd have no choice. What if you didn't like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?...

Title : Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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ISBN : 9780689707490
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Reviews

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    2019-04-16 17:01

    In case you're wondering, I'm doing everything I can so I don't go back to the Crooked Kingdom. :DAgain, I didn't know this is a book. I've seen both animated movies and I liked them. This is a slightly different story, but it's beautiful nonetheless.We have a very nice grandpa telling his two nephews the story of the city of Chewandswallow, a city where people don't buy food at the store. The food just comes down from the sky instead of rain or snow.

  • Ronyell
    2019-03-31 20:03

    “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a cult classic children’s book by Judi Barrett along with illustrations by Ron Barrett and it is about a magical town called Chewandswallow (chew and swallow, get it?) where food just falls from the sky and provides people with everything they need. But what happens when there is too much food falling from the sky? “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is definitely one unusual and creative book ever created for children!Judi Barrett has certainly done an excellent job at writing this story as it is full of creativity and excitement! I mean what other book talks about a town where food just falls from the sky and people just eat the food from the sky like nothing? That is what I really loved about this book since I never read a book about food falling from the sky and that proves just how imaginative Judi Barrett made this book from any other children’s book! Ron Barrett’s illustrations are extremely creative and gorgeous, especially when he illustrates the actual family’s life in black and white while the illustrations of the town of Chewandswallow is shown fully in color, which truly brings out the creativity of the make believe town. I also love the illustrations of the different kinds of food that falls from the sky, especially of the images of a dozen hamburgers falling from a storm cloud as it looked quite unusual.All in all, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a truly brilliant book for children who are food lovers and just loves book about pure imagination! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the book might be too lengthy for smaller children and there are some intense scenes with the falling food covering the town that might scare younger children.Did you watch this movie yet?Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Manybooks
    2019-04-21 14:04

    While Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a fun romp, both the narrative and the illustrations show rather vividly how food can become a rather massive problem when it is uncontrollable or uncontrolled. The story actually seems to combine two European folklore traditions, the legend of the Land of Cockaigne, the so-called Schlaraffenland, a utopian land of milk and honey, where residents do not have to work and where food is not only readily available, but where fish, already cooked, swim in the rivers, and the houses are made of gingerbread and candies, and the many fairy stories featuring uncontrollable cooking and food (magic pots that continue cooking porridge until the entire house is engulfed). There is a strong attitude present that free and magical food (and the fact that one does not have to do much in order to receive or eat it) is not only often too good to be true, but that it can easily have adverse effects if one is unable or in some cases, unwilling to control and master it. I have always enjoyed stories about food getting out of control, and the idea of an El Dorado like food utopia ending up as a dystopia really resonates with me, both tickling my funny bone and also making me think a bit. I wonder though if I would have seen the presented dystopic elements all that clearly in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs if I had read this story as a child (probably not). However, even as a child I loved stories like The Land of Cockaigne, where, as mentioned above, food grew on trees, the walls of the houses were made of gingerbread and the rivers flowed with wine and ready-to-eat seafood. And I remember actually trying to take a bite out of my bedroom wall (I was about five at the time) because I thought it might just be made of gingerbread (funny now, but I was rather disappointed when the bedroom walls did not turn into gingerbread for me, and also wondered how I would explain the presence of teeth marks in the wallpaper to my mother).

  • Jenny
    2019-03-22 20:57

    OK, this was really my favorite book for most of my childhood. I would pretend to read it before I could actually read (I had simply memorized it from hearing it so many times) and I remember feeling sooo guilty about all the praise I got for being such a good reader at such an early age. Man alive! Really, I think my love for this book stemmed from the fact that I was a deprived child. Well, I suppose I was never deprived of health food like oatmeal and tofu, but I only got white bread with sweet (or sugary rather) peanut butter @ friends houses. I'm pretty certain I was only friends with some kids for the access to junk food that visits to the their homes allowed me. That being the case, you can imagine what the prospect of a world where such delights fell from the sky and were all mine for the taking would do to me. My plan was to catch extra portions of the foods I liked and hide them under my bed so that I could have whatever food I wanted whenever I wanted it, and nobody could stop me. Yes, while some kids were dreaming of being astronauts and ballerinas I was dreaming of stockpiling junk food under my bed. Sounds about right.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-04-03 16:04

    Oh, I just loved this book. The irony. I think this book hadn’t appealed to me that much because of the meatballs. Even though I like premises that are silly. First, I assumed the story would be all about meatballs but it was actually about all sorts of foods, and the main story is also actually a story within a story, and that worked really well. Also, in the back author bio section, the illustrator’s blurb in my edition says: “Mr. Barrett says his drawing of meatballs in no way endorses their consumption. He’s a vegetarian.” This book was published in 1978, and I became a vegetarian (most of the time-it took me a while to make the transition fully) in early 1977.The story is funny and creative and entertaining.The illustrations are wonderful! I love how each picture, the black & white and the color ones, seem to be created using tiny lines. I just love the effect; I don’t know what the style is called though, but I know I appreciate it. This is a book about which I’ve always been curious so I’m really grateful it’s one of the June selections for the Picture Books group at the Children's Books group. The month’s theme is culinary. So far, this picture books group’s themes and books have all been wonderful!Now, I’m eager to read the sequel: Pickles To Pittsburgh: A Sequel To Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.The story is fun and the illustrations are special. To sum it up: incredibly creative, imaginative, funny, really great illustrations, and the illustrator is even a vegetarian. So, it was my kind of book after all.So many good illustrations but the ones that most tickled my funny bone were Floyd's birthday party scene, a day when the weather provided only brussel spouts and peanut butter with mayonnaise, and the tomato tornado scene.

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-03 16:00

    I know I read this as a kid but for some reason it didn't leave me with a big "lasting impression" or any sort of feeling I could really latch onto when I thought about the book as an adult. So, I came to it fresh, in a way. And I was MAJOR impressed! The story is so much fun, so imaginative and hilarious (and a tad scary at times!) and it's the best sort of tall-tale, causing our minds to boggle even as we realize maybe some of it could have shadows of truth in the real world. It might even cause us to ponder the role food plays in our lives. I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy the illustrations at first--the kids and mom at the breakfast table looked a tad odd to me--but I ended up falling in love with them! They were SO detailed and fascinating! And they added so much to the story! I loved the quirky little touches, like the movie theater playing "Breakfast and Tiffany's" and the like. So cute!

  • Theresa Marsala
    2019-04-15 21:10

    As one of my favorite books when I was a little girl~ I revisit this book every few years to see if it still holds up to what I remembered & loved. And It is still in my top 5 Favorite books of all time! The story is cute & endearing while being silly & playfully semi-serious at the same time. Plus the illustrations are just flat out amazing. Even after all these years of art enhancements & the digital art age~I still think this extremely detail-oriented cross hatch style of illustration is gorgeous and not seen much of anymore in art, much less in children's books. There are so many hidden gems drawn within each of the panels & the I still adore the subdued color pallet on some pages in contrast to the straight black & white illustrations. I also think it teaches the subtle lesson of "too much of a good thing"

  • Lstirl
    2019-03-31 20:00

    Mother nature cooks up a storm, literally, in this madcap story with plenty of silliness to go around.Ages 4-10The town of Chewandswallow has some wild weather, bringing meals like burgers, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, and of course meatballs three times a day. Then, things start to go crazy and odd things start happening, like an entire day of just gargonzola cheese and eventually a "tomato tornado" and the poor sanitation department could no longer keep up. This book uses such fun language to describe weather effects, like drizzle, clearings, and downpour. The language is delightful and the illustrations, while not overly colorful, are still detailed and fun. The absurdity and silliness in this story make it a joy to read and the combining of two familiar concepts, food and weather, into one story are sure to stoke the imagination. Kids of this age group will love the fanciful, over the top, giant ideas presented in this book.About This BookHere's another wonderfully written and illustrated story by the Barrett team. Receiving a place on the prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year list, this book skillfully and subtly blends funny storytelling and full-color illustrations with a very real twist about how weather can affect people's environments.Life in the wonderful town of ChewandSwallow is great: Some of its citizens even say it's downright delicious! Instead of snow, wind, or rain, they get a different kind of weather that falls from the sky three times a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The only bad part about living in ChewandSwallow is that the people don't get their choice of what they'd like to fall from the sky: it may snow mashed potatoes, or rain juice or soup, or there might even be a storm of hamburgers that takes them by surprise. But no one is too worried about the weather, until it takes a turn for the worse — the portions of food get larger and larger and fall faster and faster, until everyone in the town fears for their lives. They all need to think of a plan, and they need one fast! With teamwork, smarts, and some extra-large bagels, Chewandswallow residents are able to save themselves from the torrential weather. A cheerful approach to gearing up for a science lesson or just for reading aloud, this book makes food and weather fun.A good review and I agree that it is a good starting point for a weather discussion, especially because of the great terms used in the story.

  • Chris
    2019-04-06 19:01

    My daughter came home all excited about reading this book in school today. My son then chimed in and I soon had two children dancing around my kitchen telling me all about this book and laughing hysterically. I supposed I should read it myself before I recommend it, but my children definately gave it "two thumbs up"!

  • Petra X
    2019-04-03 16:58

    I loved this book. The artwork is wonderful and the way the text is so dry and matter-of-fact is so funny. I can't wait to see the film.

  • Crystal Marcos
    2019-04-16 21:20

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one of my favorite books. I read it again tonight and realized it is now 32 years old. It could have been written yesterday. It has stood the test of time. I believe years from now I will still have the same thoughts. This book holds a special place in my heart because it is a book I shared with my 2 sisters and 2 brothers. I think most little boys and girls love stories in the larger-than-life category and of course it helps that it has to do with food. Who doesn't love food? The title of this book is just perfect to explain what the book is about. Food and the weather. I get lost in the illustrations everytime I read the book. I have to pause and look at all the fun little details. I think it was a great idea to start and end the book in black and white and to make grandpa's story section color. It adds extra charm to the book. I didn't know this husband and wife team also did two other books besides the sequel Pickles To Pittsburghuntil tonight. I am excited to read them. I will add them here for others who might not know and maybe interested Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

  • zcb257
    2019-04-07 19:05

    We read to our children often when they were little, 20 some years ago. We picked this one up by chance, and I have to say, from the moment we first opened the pages it has stuck with not just me, but them as well. What a fabulously creative book, one that opened little imaginations wide. Wonderful prose, and illustrations that took that imagination for a ride. We later watched the movie together as this was *the* favorite book in our house. It was fairly disappointing. Do yourself and your children a favor and read this original book, rather than the movie book, it does not compare.

  • Jess
    2019-03-22 22:19

    This is my favorite picture book. Even as a teenager, I'd hunt his book up from time to time to make sure I'd memorized all the lines correctly.This story reads exactly like all stories told by your grandfather are supposed to. The ones where, as a kid, you keep saying 'really!', then try to verify everything via grandma, who then yells at grandpa for filling your head with nonsense.

  • Vicki
    2019-03-31 21:06

    Very cute story with a different story inside. I can see why the kids like it. It is yummy!

  • Vaishali
    2019-03-29 19:09

    You know you're in a wealthy society when kids read about the sky raining food. Aside from this obnoxious premise, a highly creative, surprising story. Kudos to Barrett for including composting.

  • Inn Auni
    2019-04-13 21:17

    [READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL](view spoiler)[The book details a bedtime story narrated by a grandfather to his grandchildren, chronicling the daily lives of the citizens of an unordinary town called Chewandswallow characterized by its strange daily meteorological pattern that provides the townsfolk with all of their required daily meals by raining food. Although the residents of the town enjoy a lifestyle devoid of any grocery shopping or cookery, the weather unexpectedly and inexplicably takes a turn for the worse, devastating the local community with destructive and uncontrollable storms of either unpleasant or dangerously oversized foods, resulting in unstoppable catastrophes for the townspeople. Their lives endangered by the threats of the storms, they relocate to a different community of normal non-edible meteorological patterns, safe from the hazards that once were presented by raining meals. However, they are forced to learn how to obtain food the normal way.The following morning, the man's grandchildren awaken to discover snowfall. After bundling up and hurrying outside to play, the granddaughter, in first-person narration, describes the scent of mashed potatoes detected while romping with her brother, implying that the grandfather's story might not be purely fictitious. (hide spoiler)]

  • Carl Koch
    2019-04-09 15:10

    I read "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett. The story is narrated by grandpa to his grandkids. He tells of a far off land called Chewandswallow. There all the weather is food. It snows mashed potatoes, rains soup, and accounts for the townspeople's three meals of the day. Life in Chewandswallow is good until the weather takes a turn for the worst. The portions are getting bigger and so is the food. It finally gets so bad the the townspeople have to make boats out of stale bread and leave the island for good. No one knows what became of Chewandswallow, but nobody dares to go back!Grandpa is the main character. throughout the book he tells his grandkids stories and makes them pancakes. He is kind, gentle, and a very good storyteller.The story takes place in the town of Chewandswallow. It is a town on a small island. There is no direct time period, but it seems relative to current time.Overall I would give "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" five out of five stars. I would recommend it to any reader because it has a good message, is a quick read, and has a simple vocabulary. The incorporation of pictures also really helps bring the story to life.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-03-24 14:18

    Back in January I wrote a review of the film version of Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs and I promised a longer review of the book by Judi Barrett. I apologize for the delay. I really don't know where the time as gone!The book has a framing story that begins with a mishap during breakfast. The grandfather is inspired and tells the children about a place called Chewandswallow where the weather brings food three times a day. Except near the end of the town's existence, the food gets too big and starts to be a threat to the well-being of the townspeople.As the story is presented as a tall tale, there's no need to explain the mechanics behind the food weather or the sudden increase in the foods' size. Without that framing story I would have found the book annoying.Although the illustration style of the book is very clearly a product of the late 1970s, the film manages to recreate many of the iconic scenes (though with different circumstances behind them). I liked seeing that connection between book and film even though they are otherwise so very different.

  • Dolly
    2019-04-02 21:55

    A great story - tells not only a fascinating tall tale about the town of Chewandswallow, but also talks about the closeness of extended family. Who doesn't love a story about Grandpa's tall tales? Our oldest loves this tale and we've read it a couple of times. This story was selected as one of the books for the June 2010 - Culinary Delights reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

  • Karol
    2019-04-10 20:58

    My son (10 years old) was so excited when I brought this book home from the library to read and discuss with an online group. "That's the best picture book ever!" he exclaimed. "But it's nothing like the movie." And even though he's proud to be a tween and considers himself practically grown up, he grabbed the book out of my hands to read it again.It is an excellent story, very imaginative. I loved the setting - a grandfather telling his grandchildren a tall tale that kept their imaginations going the next day. It brought back pleasant memories of stories that my own grandfather told me.

  • Brittney
    2019-03-28 17:06

    Imagine if you lived in a town that only rained food and never rained rain! This story takes weather to a whole new level as readers giggle their way through the climate of one particular town. All is dandy until the townspeople starts to notice weird arrangements of foods storming in. Brussels sprouts with peanut butter? Loads and loads of broccoli? Really? The best part of the book, in my opinion, is looking at the imaginative illustrations. Not only to they make me laugh out loud, but they get me thinking about what this would really look and feel like to live in such a strange town. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-04-07 20:19

    A very imaginative story! If I wanted food to fall from the sky, what would it be? That would be a nice exercise for kids who read the book. The sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, wasn't nearly as good. This one, though, is a winner.

  • J.G. Keely
    2019-04-05 19:18

    This book always made me a bit queasy.

  • Zenia Rivera
    2019-03-27 22:22

    This story begins with a family preparing for breakfast, a grandpa is making pancakes for his grandchildren and have a fun time making everything. Later on in that day the grandpa decided to tell his grandchildren a bedtime story about a place that was called Chewandswallow and how it was different from any other town ever. The difference about this town was its weather as it was no typical rain and snow, but the weather would be food. It came around every time when it was time to eat. There was no need for a supermarket as everyone in town had eaten whatever the weather had served. It would serve breakfast in the morning such as orange juice, bacon and eggs and later on would serve something different. The town even had a system of what to do with the leftover food that was not eaten and everything seemed very organized. Eventually the food coming from the sky became bigger and bigger eventually being too dangerous to go outside. The food had been destroying buildings and the towns causing for everyone to leave before it gets to dangerous. From then on they had used some of the food to make boats, sail away from the town and found a town which was just as average as any other town. They had to adjust their lifestyle to getting food in the supermarket. The story then goes back to the grandpa and his grandchildren and how amazed the story was. The next day it had snowed and the children felt as though they can see and smell food. In my opinion I think that this is a great story especially for children because of the imagination in this book. I remember reading this book when I was younger and how much I really wished it could rain food. This story itself is very unique and brings its own originality especially in its illustration. I think that due to the movie as well it is the reason why this book is so well known to children. I find it kind of silly at the end when the people from that town had to live like everyone else because to me it seems so average. I do not think that there is not one child who does not like this book because it brings so much creativity to the table.

  • alice
    2019-03-21 21:14

    Books about food are always an amazing read in my expeerience, especially when intriguing artwork, creativty and originality are added to the mix, when undoubtedly I'm bound to be enchanted. In this short novel a witty Grandpa tells his grandchildren the story of the tiny city of Chewandswallow, where food falls from the sky and the people have no need for fridges or grocery shopping. The first pages impress the reader as different meals and their delivery are described in detail, until something goes terribly wrong...

  • Aviecayl Uy
    2019-03-24 18:07

    "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett was a good children's story with an original idea. I wasn't that in love with the illustrations in this book, but I believe that this was an interesting story for children because of its creativity. My actual rating is 2.5/5 stars.

  • Emma Grace
    2019-03-29 18:18

    Also read this aloud! :)

  • Amara
    2019-04-05 16:12

    I mean, it's a cute book, but it's so silly. I guess that would be what makes kids like it so much? But for me, it was boring. We never find out why the weather went haywire.

  • Kate
    2019-04-10 19:15

    A delightful and imaginative book telling the story of a town where the weather systems are made of food, and what happens when the weather goes awry.

  • Melissa Bennrup
    2019-04-05 18:55

    Three stars for the story, the fourth for the illustrations, which were wonderful. We are now longing for a giant pancake to land on our school!