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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

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About the Author

Judi Barrett is the author of many beloved books for children, including the bestselling Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and Santa from Cincinnati. She teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

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.
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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 0.1 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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I ordered this book because we love the first one. My kids love the storyline and I enjoy reading it to them (even over and over!) The illustrations by Ron Barrett are really cool, unique I think with lines (not sure what the style is called) Both books are well-written and good for any age- from 1-27 here!! ;)
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I love Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs so I had to get this book. However, I really didn't enjoy it as much. The illustrations are just as nice so it's still a fun book to look at but the story isn't that great. It's about a dream that the kids have while Grandpa is away where they visit Chewandswallow. Most of the story is just describing what they see and then all of the sudden toward the end they find out that the old townspeople have created a company that sends the food all around the world to help those in need. The message is nice but the story just wasn't as fun to read or interesting. A lot of it felt like a repeat of the first book just not as good. I think I could have done without this one.
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