In Pickles to Pittsburgh
, the Barretts' sequel to the delightfully funny, bestselling Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
, we check back in with Kate and Henry as they eagerly await Grandpa's return from an unusual vacation. Kate dreams about a postcard Grandpa has sent, and the story begins.
Kate and Henry pilot a plane, landing on a runway of crisp bacon strips next to a field of giant broccoli stalks and oversized hamburgers. Passing through an orange-juice rain, they approach the town of Chewandswallow, which "used to be a very ordinary town, except that instead of weather, food rained down from the sky for breakfast, lunch, and dinner." Times have changed in Chewandswallow, and readers will love finding out how storms of gigantic food threatened normal life until eventually the Falling Food Company was created, sending food to hungry people around the world. Ron Barrett's comical, detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations and the lively story make this a satisfying sequel to a delicious classic. Pickles to Pittsburgh is an excellent bedtime book--just keep a snack handy! (Ages 4 to 8)
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2. After a hiatus of almost 20 years, the Barretts take readers back to the town of Chewandswallow. The townspeople who fled when the delectable weather got out of control have returned for an industrious clean-up operation. They take the bountiful harvest and transport it to all parts of the world?Eggplants to Ecuador, Chili to Chile, Pickles to Pittsburgh?ending poverty and drought worldwide. Food is omnipresent: a giant roasted turkey sits atop Kathy's Gift Shop while syrup flows down the main street past a cinema where Bread & Chocolate and Breakfast at Tiffany's are playing. Ron Barrett's cleverly detailed illustrations remain true to his work in the original title; layout and design also remain faithful and make this sequel equally appealing. As Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Atheneum, 1978) has likely remained a staple in most libraries, the lapse between the two books should make little difference. This tribute to a land of milk and honey will stimulate children's imaginations?not to mention their taste buds.?Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
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