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Pickles To Pittsburgh Paperback – November 1, 2000
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ron Barrett is the internationally bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Cats Got Talent, Superhero Joe, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House. His illustrations have been honored by the Society of Illustrators and have been exhibited at The Louvre in Paris. He lives in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
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. ***
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just under 10 minutes long. My 4 and 5 year olds love this story. Great illustrations and nice sounding voices.Published 1 month ago by LBCarolina
This book is okay. The writing seems very forced and does not flow as well as the first book. The art is great and it's nice to see what happened to Chewandswallow.Published 2 months ago by Jillian
This was not bad but definitely a step down from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. My kids enjoyed it, but then again they also liked Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.Published 5 months ago by Brian P
Piggy-backing on the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1, Pickles to Pittsburgh is a story that my students thoroughly enjoyed and kept them engaged for the lesson. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Heather Nicole
Got burnt on this. Book is missing pages. Had to buy another from eBay where it is guaranteed or money back. Very dissatisfied.Published 16 months ago by Ira V.
In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Grandpa has gone on vacation. Henry and Kate highly anticipate his return. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sunshine on a Rainy Day