Monday, August 24, 2009

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Author: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: Ron Barrett
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (April 1, 1982)
ISBN-10: 0689707495

This is one of the most celebrated and beloved children's books of all-time. It has sold over three million copies and a movie version will soon be released, which I can hardly wait to see.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs begins with Grandpa making pancakes for breakfast, and accidently flips a pancake onto his grandson's head. That evening, while still thinking about the pancake episode, Grandpa tells the children a tall tale about a town that has very unusual weather conditions. It's called the town of Chewandswallow.

In the town of Chewandswallow it rains soup and juice and snows mashed potatoes. The people of the town get their food from whatever the weather brings forth that day. Sometimes it even produces hamburgers and meatballs and all kinds of other good food.

This is an imaginative children's book that delights children of all ages with its creative narrative and expressive illustrations. No wonder it's being made into a movie! Absolutely delightful!

1 comment:

Tea said...

Oh, I've never heard of this children's book. It's just too adorable. Thanks for a very fun review.