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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1978)

by Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator)

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This story is about a town called chew and swallow the weather consists of nothing but food. The menu is always changing. One day a storm comes and it chases everyone out of the town.

Personal reaction
I enjoyed reading this story. It was very different and exciting. I liked that the sky let out different foods every day.

Classroom extension
This could be used in the classroom by letting children draw their favorite foods from the sky.
This could also be used to let children write about their favorite food for a writing lesson.
  christianf | Oct 25, 2014 |
Summary: A grandpa tells his grandchildren about a town Chewandswallow. In this town every meal was served from the sky. One day storms came and chased everyone out of the town.

Personal Reflection: This book allows you to use your imagination. It also shows children that in this specific town children couldn't be picky about what they ate.

Extension Projects:
1. Have the children use their imagination and write about their town and what foods would come from the sky.
2. Use this book as a cause and effect lesson.
3. Get different foods and allow the students to describe the textures. Could be a great book to do for a lesson on observations.
  BethanyKisner | Oct 24, 2014 |
I liked this book for two reasons. The first reason I liked this book is because of the compelling artwork. Each illustration brings to life the text on page. As a young reader this was my one of my favorite books because of the outlandish illustrations. I yearned for the day that a large pancake would fall from the sky. Unfortunately, my school was never cancelled due to failing pancakes no matter how hard I wished. The second reason I enjoyed this book is due to the plot. In high school, I taught a lesson based on a read aloud of the story. Each page elicited a giggle or laugh, due to the comical plot. The story line is about a town called Chewandswallow. Daily meals are delivered from the sky, with some unexpected consequences. The author writes about food in terms of meteorological events. For example “Periods of peas and baked potatoes were followed by gradual clearing, with a wonderful jell-o setting in the west.” I also enjoyed the pace of story. It starts off casual, but becomes increasingly dangerous as more food rains down from the sky. The big idea of the story is that imagination is important, but it also can get you into trouble. ( )
  dbaker16 | Oct 9, 2014 |
This in the story of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, we are taken to the fantastic island of Chew and Swallow. This town is just like every other town, except for one thing: the weather consists of nothing but food! Each day, they are brought breakfast, a full meal of juice, eggs, sausage, and milk from the sky! It rains down everything they could ever want. The same happens at lunch and dinner. The menu is always changing. The town often keeps the leftovers in their refrigerators for snacks in between the showers of food. The towns sanitation department has the unique job of cleaning the streets of all the food. After a while, the food became larger and larger, making the falling of food more dangerous. Eventually, they were forced to make a boat of bread and escape the town. They started a new town. The townspeople said they biggest change was having to buy food instead of having it delivered via the sky to them.
Personal Reaction:
I did not realize that this was a book originally! After seeing the movie a few years back, I absolutely fell in love with the concept of food from the sky. When I found the book, I was so excited to see where the original ideas had came from. The illustrations in this book are perfect, and you really are drawn in to whats happening on this crazy island.
Extension Ideas:
1. Have students draw their perfect, or favorite, meal, falling from the sky.
2. Have a discussion about healthy food choices, including how much is an appropriate amount.
3. Create your own weather report, using the cafeteria menu as an idea sheet for the next three days.
  alexis.smith | Jul 14, 2014 |
• Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
• Publication date: 4/1/1982
• Pages: 32
• Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by
• Judi Barrett,
• Ron Barrett (Illustrator)
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. When the weather turns for the worst, citizens begin to worry! This is a great book for introducing food and weather into the class room.
  joey_spencer | May 13, 2014 |
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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" is a story that allows children to use their imagination. In a town one day, food is falling from the sky. Sounds like heaven, no? Well, while others may enjoy the free falling food, not every one is so happy. To see how the town reacts to this phenomenon and what food exactly falls from the sky, children must read and find out.
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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?

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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

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