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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (1978)

by Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator)

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Series: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1)

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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" is the original story that the motion picture movie was based on. When the story begins, there is a family that is enjoying breakfast when a pancake humorously lands in the wrong place. This mishap leads the grandfather to tell the narrator, and her brother, about the town of Chewandswallow at bedtime. Chewandswallow was a small town located off of the ocean. It was similar to any other area besides the fact that they did not have any groceries stores. The townspeople based their meals on the weather because it did not rain rain or snow snow. In the morning time, breakfast foods would fall from the sky. At lunch and dinner the same would happen. If there was too much food, people would just store it in their refrigerator to eat in between meals. One day, the portions were too large, the portions were overwhelming, and the people began to panic. They eventually decided to use some old bread, pack up, and leave Chewandswallow for good. The landed in another town, where they had to actually buy food and the weather was normal. The grandfather's story ended and the next morning the children awaken to a blanket of snow. At the narrator, and her brother, are sledding down a mountain they thought they saw a pat of butter and smelled mashed potatoes.

This book was really cute. It was very different from the movie, but I believe the book is better for children. Knowing that the book is a bedtime story to other children will make the listeners imagine how those kids felt hearing it. As I was reading the book, I could imagine all of the food raining down. The illustrations help to picture the events, but the detail of the words paint a much better picture.

A few classroom extensions could include:
1. Have the children write down, or say, what foods they would like to rain down for one day. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
2. Allow the children to draw the reactions of the people as the giant food lands on the houses.
3. Have the children act out the book from the explanation of the weather up to the point of finding the new area to live. ( )
  davishea2004 | Jul 24, 2016 |
Cloudy with a Change of Meatballs is an imaginative tall tale told in the third person. Students will be delighted to hear this whimsical tale of meals, which fall from the sky. This text would be a delightful companion book to a weather unit, as students identify and compare each food event to weather. A deeper discussion can occur regarding how the people of Chewandswallow felt when the weather went badly. Perseverance would be the central focus in the discussion, as we examine how they coped with the changes, and how they solved their problems. The text would be a great example of a modern tall tale, which could be used to teach genres. ( )
  Lheatherly | Jul 21, 2016 |
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?
  wichitafriendsschool | Jun 30, 2016 |
A great children's book ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
The tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town except for its weather which came three times a day, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But it never rained rain and it never snowed snow and it never blew just wind. It rained things like soup and juice. It snowed things like mashed potatoes. And sometimes the wind blew in storms of hamburgers. Life for the townspeople was delicious until the weather took a turn for the worse. The food got larger and larger and so did the portions. Chewandswallow was plagued by damaging floods and storms of huge food.
  mbrandel | May 4, 2016 |
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Barrett, RonIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Terheyden, LindaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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