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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi…

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1978)

by Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator)

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I read this book to a group of kids 3rd-5th grade and it was a great success. I used a complimentary lesson plan relating to the five senses, and created an activity to review before the book. The illustrations are massive, very realistic looking, and this world of Chewandswallow isn't is awesome at the end of the book, as the kids thought judgment by the beginning!
  zahammou | Dec 9, 2014 |
Summary: The story starts at breakfast when the brothers' grandfather is making pancakes and one of them land on one of the boy's heads. Later that night when he is tucking them into bed he tells them a tall tale about a town called Chewandswallow. This town is just lie any other small town except for their weather. In Chewandswallow it doesn't rain rain or snow snow. They get all their food from the weather. Sometimes it rained ketchup or soda. Hamburgers, toast, eggs, and baked beans all fell from the sky. The sanitation department would clean up all of the leftovers off the streets. Most days everything was just fine in Chewandswallow until one day things took a turn for the worse. There was a pea soup fog, a hurricane of bread, a pancake that covered the school, and a tomato tornado. Houses and other buildings were being damaged and people could no longer go outside. One day they decided to build a raft out of peanut butter and bread and sailed off to find a new town. They started all over again and had to buy their food at a grocery store.

Review: Children love this book and I think it is a great way to get their imagination flowing. The author did a great job of creating a whimsical world that we can't help but wonder what it would be like to live in. This could be the start of a great writing prompt for kids about what they would want to fall from the sky. It also connects reading and science because of all the weather related terms used throughout the story. I had an old copy of the book so the pictures were kind of dated but they still added to the overall light and fun mood of the story. I think the author succeeded in creating a story that was entertaining for many different audiences. ( )
  kkerns3 | Dec 8, 2014 |
I love this book because I so wish sometimes being a college student that food would fall from the sky. A very clever story!
  Madison_DeWeerdt | Dec 4, 2014 |
I really liked this book because of how engaging the read is. The illustrations are vivid and funny, and the plot is full of conflict and resolution when the portions of food get too large. The town has to work together to solve the problem, and the book could make readers think about teamwork. The writing is witty, and easy to understand. The main message of the book was working together to solve a problem. ( )
  tburfe1 | Dec 3, 2014 |
This is a story about how food falls from the sky on a daily basis, until it turns terrible. It describes setting very well and helps with creating a visual image in a child's head with all the descriptive words and phrases.
  emilystrong | Nov 30, 2014 |
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We were all sitting around the big kitchen table.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689707495, Paperback)

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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