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In this charming sequel to the classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await Grandpa's return from a vacation that his postcard says has been one of the best and most unusual ever. Thinking about that postcard Kate drifts off to sleep that night and... "With Henry as my co-pilot..." she visits the strange land of Chewandswallow -- a land characterIn this charming sequel to the classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await Grandpa's return from a vacation that his postcard says has been one of the best and most unusual ever. Thinking about that postcard Kate drifts off to sleep that night and... "With Henry as my co-pilot..." she visits the strange land of Chewandswallow -- a land characterized by massive amounts of food, immense carrots, leafy jungles of lettuce, and tuna fish sandwiches so gigantic they have to be moved by helicopter. What the people of Chewandswallow are doing with all that food is most intriguing of all. Fans of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs will applaud this return trip with its underlying message of generosity and a world community....

Title : Pickles to Pittsburgh
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ISBN : 9780689801044
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Pickles to Pittsburgh Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-05-12 20:14

    I recently read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for the very first time, and I wanted to read this book too, even though my expectations were very low because I’d seen & heard others’ opinions of it, and overall they’re not that enthusiastic. Perhaps this is why I ended up enjoying this book, and being so pleasantly surprised by it. No, it’s not as brilliants as the first (famous) book, but I thought it was fun too.I like the social responsibility message (despite it being a fantasy), I love the children being so close to their grandfather and the multi-generational family, and, once again, I liked the food, huge and outlandish and out of place, though the premise here is not as funny as the first book’s and it’s also no longer so unique. Also, this book does not really work perfectly as a standalone book; it’s definitely a sequel. However, as long as readers’ expectations are not too high, if they’ve enjoyed the first book, I think they’ll be interested to see what happens next.

  • Peacegal
    2019-05-20 22:17

    I feel as if this book would have been better had the bar not been set so high with CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS. The illustrations were fun and surreal, but the magic seemed to be missing from the text. The intended audience, kids, will probably still enjoy it though. I was disappointed to see that the illustrator, if his short bio at the book's conclusion is correct, seems to have given up his vegetarianism since the publication of CLOUDY.

  • L-Crystal Wlodek
    2019-04-21 20:43

    Pickles to Pittsburgh is a book intended for children in kindergarten through second grade. This book is the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. In this story, grandpa goes on vacation, and his grandchildren dream that he went back to the town of Chewandswallow. In their dream, it snows popcorn and mash potatoes, and rains sandwiches and orange juice. This falling food in then shipped to hungry people and needy counties all over the world. When grandpa returns, he shows his grandchildren pictures and they wonder whether their dreams were really reality. This book is filled with some imagination, but it is not as magical, interesting, and enjoyable as the first book. In addition, without reading the first book, the reader would be quite confused since it does a poor job of summarizing the first book and starting where the last book ended. However, the book does provide a nice solution to end world hunger. The illustrations, design, and layout of the book are wonderful, and have a comic book feel. This book can be used to jumpstart students’ imagination before writing and is a good example of fantasy as opposed to reality. This book sends a good message to students who want to give back, but is not as imaginative, magical, or exciting as the first book, which may leave students feeling disappointed.

  • Tiffany Spencer
    2019-04-22 16:36

    Pickles To PittsburgPLOT: In a dream, Kate and her brother Henry take to the skies and land in what was formerly the town of Chewnswallow. In this sequel, we get to see what's become of the town that got demolished by a gigantic food storm.MY THOUGHTS: The illustrations are still just as charming as Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. However, it wasn't what I expected. I expected a different story. This story takes up where the last one left off. The town is now renovated into a place that collects all the food remains and ships them off to people that don't have enough food all over the world. Which is a brilliant idea and I love it BUT that's the whole story. And then the Grandfather comes home from the trip with a big chocolate chip cookie just like the one that they got in the dream. Meaning maybe there was more to the dream. Which is interesting when you think about it, because the idea that Kate and Henry actually visited an "imaginary" place in a dream that's real is a far more interesting plot to build on. Just my opinion. More so if the dream cookie would have been beside them in the bed when Kate woke up. I think I liked the original story WAY better. This one felt like a letdown after the first.RATING: 5

  • Jacoba
    2019-04-22 21:26

    Pickles to Pittsburgh (1997)Picture BookFormat: BookPlot summary: Dozing off while contemplating Grandpa's unusual vacation, Kate dreams about Chewandswallow, where it snows popcorn and rains sandwiches, and the fate of the falling food intrigues her. No special considerations.Review citation (if available): Bateman, Teresa. School Library Journal. January 2010.Section source used to find the material: School Library journal reviewRecommended age: Pre-K to 2nd grade

  • Kaitlin
    2019-04-29 21:42

    A disappointing sequel to the great hit, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I was not impressed, but I like the effort to revive the story.

  • Leslie Ramirez
    2019-05-15 17:20

    Pickles to Pittsburgh is the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and it tells the story of Kate's dream. Kate and Henry eagerly wait for their grandfather to come back home from his unusual vacation. The night before he arrives Kate has a dream where she and Henry go to a place called Chewandswallow. There they are shocked by the landscape of the place, everything is made of giant food. The are giant vegetables and desserts surround them and the being to explore. They learn the history of Chewandswallow and understand why they ship the food to different places around the world. The next day grandpa arrives and Kate wait to tell her grandpa about her dream but they don't know is that grandpa went to Chewandswallow for vacation. This picture book is fun to read because it show a lot of creativity which children love. The images were drawn by Ron Barrett and they where all done with ink. The pictures that illustrate Kate and Henry in the 'real world' are all black and white and the pictures that illustrate the dream have full color. The color was added by Judi Barrett using watercolor which gave the finally image more detail.

  • Kalynda
    2019-05-08 21:38

    I like how this sequel focused on sharing abundance. Where is there abundance, where isn't there abundance, and how do we all work together toward supporting needs...that can lead to a great PBL project. :-) It also can lead toward a discussion on the needs of living things. I also appreciate how inventive this series is. I think it is important to connection the creativity found within writing with the concept of invention found in science. It would have help my younger writing self, see myself as also having a science self.

  • Jana
    2019-05-05 17:22

    This sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs makes a visit to the legendary city of Chewandswallow. The townspeople have figured out what to do with the copious amounts of food that have fallen from the sky. The generosity of the town will be heartwarming to young readers who are learning to be mindful about waste. The artwork is very similar to the drawings in the first book: larger than life servings of every imaginable food piling up on the streets of Chewandswallow. It's a fun follow-up, but the original book is still the best.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-12 16:22

    A fun and fantastical book. The detail in many of the pictures allow readers to look and look and look for all the things in the illustrations! So much to see. The story was very unemotional, straightforward, but still enjoyable.

  • Jasmine
    2019-05-03 14:21

    They turned the town into a charitable organization sending food to hungry nations and I got absurdly close to crying cause it was so pure.

  • Meghan Collins
    2019-04-25 22:24

    I love Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and I have never read this book, which is the sequel, and I was drawn to it. The book was a lot like the first book, full of great descriptions and great pictures that match the text. In fact, I loved both of these books because the descriptions are really great. Each food item has great descriptors including colors, textures, sizes, and even how they taste. The illustrations match the text, which creates a better feel for the story. Specifically, the pictures match the words that describe the foods and so much more. Students could easily spend a lot of time on each page observing the types of things that were happening in teach picture throughout the city. I was probably most drawn to the creativity of the author for this book. Just like the first one, it is a fun and creative idea filled with foods and descriptive words that children would find entertaining. Also, this is a book that sparks imagination in any child.I read children's books differently now, thinking of how I can use each book in the classroom. With this book, I would love to do a unit on descriptive writing. There are a ton of books that would be great for descriptive writing, and this one is included in that. Children can write about all the food they see on each page, specifically on page 13. This page shows the entire town covered in various foods from the recent weather. The amount of material children would have to write about would be endless. Using descriptive words to describe this town, each child would have a great piece of descriptive writing. Spinning off of descriptive writing, this is a great book just to expand the imagination of a child. It is fun and extremely creative! I recommend this book to any parent for reading enjoyment for their children, but I also recommend this book to any teacher teaching descriptive writing.

  • Drew Graham
    2019-05-16 16:34

    When I picked up Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at the library (which I had never read), I was surprised to discover that there was a lesser-known sequel on the shelf next to it. Published almost twenty years after the first book, Pickles to Pittsburgh tells of the two kids from the first book, and their dream-like journey back to the island of Chewandswallow, where they witness the changes that have taken place after the people were forced by destructive edible weather to vacate their homes.This book is in some ways an exact repeat of the first book, which makes it seem completely unnecessary. There are a few new elements which were kind of fun, but overall, I feel like it just the story just didn't need to continue. It was nice to see that there was some use for the enormous food that continued to fall, since the whole thing seemed so wasteful in the first book! It's sad to me that this even crossed my mind, but it almost seemed to have a political slant, dealing with issues like international politics and poverty in underdeveloped countries, but that's a pretty oblique deal overall. Again, the illustrations were sometimes jarring (in the bookends with the main characters) and sometimes amusing (in the pages of the actual story of Chewandswallow), and the story was quite simple, but it was an all right read. I kind of just wished the author had done something a little more interesting with this unique concept.Overall, it seems like this lesser-known sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is kind of superfluous, but it was quick and painless, and would probably amuse young fans of the first book.

  • Alyssa Frank
    2019-05-01 14:37

    In Pickles to Pittsburgh, the sequel to Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await their grandfathers return from a magical destination. They make him a special cake and after staring at the fabulous postcard grandpa had sent previously they drift into a dream filled sleep. The two children enter a foreign town where bread rolls are mountains, broccoli are trees, and helicopters drop giant tuna sandwiches. However, the town in abandoned and they come to find it was once called Chewandswallow. They see works quickly packaging up the raining food and sending it off. One of the workers tell the kids that when the town started raining breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it became dangerous eventually causing the cities residents to sail off on stale bread rolls. When they returned years later they had the idea of packaging up all of the abandoned cities food and shipping them to countries big and small who needed it. When the children awoke they rushed off to school so that they would be closer to seeing their grandfather, and when after telling him their fantastic story, he says, "Wait till I show you the pictures of my trip."This silly picture book is loved for its fun and charismatic plot but as well as its colorful and imaginative illustrations. Some pictures are in black and white but the dream is in full color, allowing the reader to have a more vivid imagination of what the foreign land may actually be/feel like. The pictures seemed to be sketched and created from lots of small lines, together creating a bigger image which is a unique concept. This book is fun for all ages and really allows the reader to use their imagination.

  • Kamillah
    2019-05-22 18:19

    As the sequel to one of my absolute favorite kids' books, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh has a lot to live up to in my library. If you're unfamiliar with the original story, the first book is about a fantastical town called Chewandswallow. Kate and Henry's grandfather tells them what they believe to be a tall tale about this ordinary little town with a main street where the weather patterns are made of food. Orange juice and other beverages rain down from the sky, snow is made of popcorn, and the sunrise resembles butter melting over soft hills of mashed potatoes. Pretty awesome, right? Unfortunately, Pickles to Pittsburgh doesn't recapture the magic of the original tale.Pickles to Pittsburgh again features Kate and Henry, whose grandfather is on vacation. While they anxiously await his return, Kate dreams about returning to Chewandswallow. Through her dream, we learn what's become of Chewandswallow since the townspeople evacuated it after finding they couldn't weather massive storms of giant hamburgers and other over-sized snacks in her grandfather's tall tale.In the end the book was just "ok." I was happy to revisit Chewandswallow, and the illustrations of giant popcorn clouds and airlifted pickles are still fun, but it lacked an engaging storyline to carry the book and match the original's whimsy. I'd re-read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs instead the next time I want to imagine what it would be like to land an airplane onto a runway made of bacon.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-05-11 19:16

    Judi Barrett, Pickles to Pittsburgh (Atheneum, 1997)Almost twenty years after the original, there was finally a sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Unsurprisingly, it's not quite as good as the original. Much of the whimsy has disappeared from the concept, though one can't fault the direction the story takes; I'm sure the question popped up every time Judi Barrett took the Meatballs show on the road: “why don't the people of Chewandswallow use all that food to feed the hungry kids in [fill in the blank]?” And that's exactly what we get here; Kate and Henry, our protagonists from the original, find themselves back in Chewandswallow in a dream Kate has. This time, the town has turned its food-based weather into a thriving export industry, sending its bounty around the world to feed the hungry and end drought. Quite civic-minded, and to be honest, a little boring. What saves it from obscurity is Ron Barrett's faithfulness to the artwork of the original; you'd never know nineteen years passed between book A and book B, and the two can be read together without any sort of jarring when you cross between them, thanks to the artwork's similarity. If you've read the first, you'll eventually come to this one, though I doubt you'll be tempted to revisit it as often. ***

  • Michelle McBeth
    2019-05-08 21:37

    In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Grandpa has gone on vacation. Henry and Kate highly anticipate his return. When Kate goes to bed, she dreams of Chewandswallow. She dreams that she flies there in an airplane with Henry. People are cleaning up the massive pile up of food. These people have created the Fallen Food Company. They ship the leftovers to all over the world wherever food is needed and they do it for free. Kate wakes up. When Grandpa gets home, Henry and Kate tuck him in with a bedtime story about the dream Kate had.The illustrations are the same as in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. They are complex drawings and interesting to look at.This story does not have the same excitement and zing as the first book. It simply revisits the story from book one with an added twist. This is a very simple solution to world hungry and wouldn't it be wonderful if it were reality instead of fantasy. Even though this doesn't hold the interest as well as book one, humongous food is still a fun topic that kids will enjoy and the pictures are not to be missed.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-05-22 18:26

    Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett is is the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.Food continues to rain down in Chewandswallow. It's gotten larger and larger and more out of control. Now that the residents have evacuated they have to decide what to do with their weather problem.Rather than see this over-sized food as a problem (as it is in the movie adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), the food is seen as a blessing. There's a chance to share the bounty, hence the Pickles to Pittsburgh.As I mentioned in my review of the first book, the artwork, while retro feeling, did provide much of the artistic inspiration for the film. That holds true for the sequel. As the food here is naturally occurring, it's seen as a natural resource.If you read the book with a child who has seen the movie, take a chance to talk about how it's similar and different. They will recognize many of the scenes from the second half of the movie but they might be surprised at how differently these scenes are described in the book.Four stars

  • Kacie Blakley
    2019-05-01 16:15

    Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if it rained food and literally everything was made out of food? Pickles to Pittsburgh clearly depicts what a food-world would look like. Henry and Kate dream of the city their grandfather is visiting; a city that is completely made up of food. It rains orange juice and giant slices of pizza and pie line the streets. The kids eventually come back to reality and tell Grandpa about their amazing dream.I felt a little lost in this story, maybe because I did not read the prequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Putting that aside, I thought the book was well-written and miraculously illustrated. When the kids are in reality, the drawings are black and white. During their dream, everything comes to life through all sorts of colors. The fantastic illustrations definitely made up for the story that seemed a bit hard to follow. I could have looked at the detailed pictures in this book for hours and thoroughly enjoy it. I just wish this book would have been easy to follow without reading the first version.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-12 15:34

    This book is everything you loved about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs but supersized! and I do mean literally! All of the food you loved to watch falling from the sky now still falls down but in super sized fashion. All of the food is bigger than life and so is this story. It is the perfect circle story that will bring a smile to your face. The journey the kids start comes back to them at the end when they visit their dear old grandfather. I highly recommend this book to kids, especially if you loved the first one. The illustrations are classic and very descriptive without using any words! The text box makes it easy to find the read the words without getting lost in the chaos of the pictures. The frames around the drawings box the illustrations up like a little boy around a present, which is exactly what they are, a gift to the reader!

  • Annie Carbutt
    2019-05-13 15:15

    The characters of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs are back, but now the story takes on a slant of reality. Could food really be taken to the rest of the world from Chewandswallow? Grandpa is about to tell us. This book is more about the pictures than the narration, unlike the first book which equally relies on both. The pictures show a fascinating land that children will surely want to escape to, while the words tell a moral tale of feeding the impoverished and not wasting. This is a fun book, though on its own it is not so exciting. But as a companion to the first book, this is definitely something I will use to teach kids about not wasting and helping others.

  • Eden
    2019-05-02 17:29

    In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry can't wait for their grandfather to return. They even make him a special cake for his welcome home.The next before his return, Kate and Henry fall asleep while staring at a post card from their grandfather. In their dreams, they find a town filled with giant food and explore it.I liked this as much as the first book. I think it was a enjoyable read and those who liked the first book will probably like this one too.

  • Joy
    2019-04-23 17:34

    an intriguing sequel that picks up where "Cloudy" leaves off. I enjoyed it but I couldn't help but be annoyed at the simple assumptions that the book makes in its conclusion. I like the idea of the residents of Chewandswallow returning to their native shores to make use of the tons of food therein, but really, who is funding all of this transportation and storage of gigantic food? A nice thought, but I couldn't stop the practical part of my mind from snorting at this bland oversimplification of such a complex problem as world hunger.

  • Edward Creter
    2019-05-03 14:18

    Two kids, a brother and a sister, are dreamily transported back to the magical, food-filled and fun-filled land of Chewandswallow to aid in possibly solving the world food crisis by way of shipping huge oversized food by boat. (I can picture it now: "Ice cream cone RIGHT AHEAD!!!" Sorry, Titanic fans!) A mouth-watering feast for the imagination and partly inspirational for the Cloudy W/Meatballs film series yet this book, I suspect, will make the movies seem like (SAY IT!) small potatoes!!!

  • Amanda
    2019-05-22 19:37

    I had big hopes for this one, but maybe I should've reread Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs right before reading it, because it seemed like it lacked explanation. The ending of the story was positive and a great dream, but the setup seemed stretched thin and like I had missed something fundamental. If I reread the previous book, maybe I'll kick myself for being so hard on it, but on its own, it wasn't my favorite and I can't imagine it was any more fun for my preschooler.

  • Molly Toomey
    2019-05-12 19:21

    While a grandfather is away on vacation, a brother and sister remember memories of him and bake him a cake for his return. That night, the sister dreams of an island where everything is made up of food. Among other adventures, they drive over bacon roads, see a lake where frogs rest on eggs and toast, walk through a forest of carrots, and experience orange juice rain. The story is a great fantasy book that could be perfect for a writing prompt in which students create their own island.

  • Janelle
    2019-05-02 22:22

    The sequel to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." It answers the question about what happened after all of the people left.I like that the solution was to collect the food and give it away to places where people are hungry. But I'm not sure the message really hit home for the kids amidst the silliness. Still, I think young fans of the original will like a follow-up.

  • Robin Berman
    2019-04-27 20:18

    found out recently that there was a sequel published in 1997 to CWACOM's which was published in 1978. I had read CWACOM's in the early 2000's when my daughter was little and again a few years ago with my son, now age 9. never knew about the sequel. Just read it with my son. I didn't like it as much as the first book, and like others have said, found it repetitive of the 1st book. The plots is basically just telling you what happened in the same town after the 1st book ended.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-09 18:36

    Checked this one out from the library as a hopeful fun sequel to "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and was disappointed. It seemed too similar to the first book (even some illustrations are "repeated" on a smaller scale and the plot is kind of disappointing. Recommend sticking with the original.

  • Laura
    2019-05-04 18:26

    I read this to my second graders as a follow-up to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. While not nearly as strong and though it certainly doesn't stand on its own, I actually kind of enjoyed this sequel. It's a great way to emphasize Barrett's use of black and white and color. It's also a nice way to explore tall tales versus dream sequences. My students enjoyed this story nearly as much and I'm glad I took the time to read it to them.