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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689839294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689839290
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-When we last visited the town of Chewandswallow in Judi Barrett's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Macmillan 1978), the food raining down from the skies had grown enormous and dangerous, so the townsfolk were forced to evacuate. In this sequel (Atheneum, 1997), a visit from grandpa, known for his tales of Chewandswallow, inspires Kate to dream of visiting the town with her brother. It has been resettled and the giant food is now being shipped all over the world, for free, to feed hungry folks. Ron Barrett's watercolor and detailed ink illustrations are scanned iconographically as this first person tall tale is read expressively by a female narrator. Sound effects abound as well as occasional light music. Different voices are used for the various characters. Both video and audio quality are excellent. It is not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this video, since it includes a brief synopsis of the original story. While this is not as compelling as the first book, it is a fun flight of fancy that children will enjoy.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

Quite civic-minded, and to be honest, a little boring.
Robert Beveridge
I loved the first one when I was a kid and no I get to read them to my little ones.
A. bailey
My son loves this book even more than the first (also one of his favorites).
Molly

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2003
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I thought PICKLES TO PITTSBURGH was the sequel to CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, but I was somewhat mistaken. The children from the first story do visit Chewandswallow, but only in a dream. The illustrations in this book are just as original as the ones in the first. However, the story is lacking and doesn't have the charm of the original story. Young children don't seem to mind that, though, and like reading the stories back to back. If you're familiar with CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, you maybe disappointed somewhat after reading PICKLES TO PITTSBURGH. However, if you're just looking for a book to read to kids, it's a good choice.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2002
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I remember reading the first book ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs") when I was in school and I loved it. I had no idea there was a sequal to it until it showed up on my recommendations list. I purchased it for my daughter. It is a good story, but for me at least, it was just a sequal to a much better story. I am glad I purchased both books, but my daughter and I really enjoy the first much more.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is very creative. People should read this book because it is hilarious. I am a second grader and I read this in my class.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By KR on June 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We absolutely loved "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (I highly recommend it) but this is nowhere near as good. Most of the story is just rehashing the original book, with a little politically-correct "let's ship the extra food to the hungry" thrown in. Lame.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Savoy on January 3, 2007
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This is one of the BEST kids' books around. A fabulous sequel to "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs", this is just one of those fun books to share wtih your kids, and a must-have on the shelf, even if your kids are too old to apprecite it - everyone needs a little silliness now and again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Judi Barrett, Pickles to Pittsburgh (Atheneum, 1997)

Almost twenty years after the original, there was finally a sequel to <em>Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs</em>. Unsurprisingly, it's not quite as good as the original. Much of the whimsy has disappeared from the concept, though one can't fault the direction the story takes; I'm sure the question popped up every time Judi Barrett took the <em>Meatballs</em> show on the road: "why don't the people of Chewandswallow use all that food to feed the hungry kids in [fill in the blank]?" And that's exactly what we get here; Kate and Henry, our protagonists from the original, find themselves back in Chewandswallow in a dream Kate has. This time, the town has turned its food-based weather into a thriving export industry, sending its bounty around the world to feed the hungry and end drought. Quite civic-minded, and to be honest, a little boring. What saves it from obscurity is Ron Barrett's faithfulness to the artwork of the original; you'd never know nineteen years passed between book A and book B, and the two can be read together without any sort of jarring when you cross between them, thanks to the artwork's similarity. If you've read the first, you'll eventually come to this one, though I doubt you'll be tempted to revisit it as often. ***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey on July 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I grew up loving the prequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, so I bought this book a while back to complete the collection. Upon reading it however, I was quite dissapointed...it is okay as a children's book, but as a sequel it wasn't up to par with the original. I felt that this book lacked the charm that the original had, though the message about sharing is nice I guess. All in all if you're going to buy the book based on the original, expect to be dissapointed...but if you're buying it for a kid's collection it's alright.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ASchoolGal on September 6, 2005
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This is a good book as sequels go. There are subtle references to the other book and as a teacher, I really appreciated that. Those references may not be noticed by younger students, but that is useful as a teaching device. This would be a good set to read and then have students write their own sequel.
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