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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs #1)

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Paperback, 8 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Frank Schaffer Publications (first published 1978)
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OK, this was really my favorite book for most of my childhood. I would pretend to read it before I could actually read (I had simply memorized it from hearing it so many times) and I remember feeling sooo guilty about all the praise I got for being such a good reader at such an early age. Man alive! Really, I think my love for this book stemmed from the fact that I was a deprived child. Well, I suppose I was never deprived of health food like oatmeal and tofu, but I only got white bread with swe ...more
While Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a fun romp, both the narrative and the illustrations show rather vividly how food can become a rather massive problem when it is uncontrollable or uncontrolled. The story actually seems to combine two European folklore traditions, the legend of the Land of Cockaigne, the "Schlaraffenland" a land of milk and honey, where residents do not have to work and where food is not only readily available, but fish, already cooked, swim in the rivers and the houses ...more
Dec 08, 2008 Lstirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mother nature cooks up a storm, literally, in this madcap story with plenty of silliness to go around.

Ages 4-10

The town of Chewandswallow has some wild weather, bringing meals like burgers, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, and of course meatballs three times a day. Then, things start to go crazy and odd things start happening, like an entire day of just gargonzola cheese and eventually a "tomato tornado" and the poor sanitation department could no longer keep up. This book uses such fun language to d
Jun 20, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I read this as a kid but for some reason it didn't leave me with a big "lasting impression" or any sort of feeling I could really latch onto when I thought about the book as an adult. So, I came to it fresh, in a way. And I was MAJOR impressed! The story is so much fun, so imaginative and hilarious (and a tad scary at times!) and it's the best sort of tall-tale, causing our minds to boggle even as we realize maybe some of it could have shadows of truth in the real world. It might even cau ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Amna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Children will be familiar with the four seasons, the concepts of weather and different kinds of food after reading this book.
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a cult classic children’s book by Judi Barrett along with illustrations by Ron Barrett and it is about a magical town called Chewandswallow (chew and swallow, get it?) where food just falls from the sky and provides people with everything they need. But what happens when there is too much food falling from the sky? “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is definitely one unusual and creative book ever created for children!

Judi Barrett has certainly done an exc
Theresa Marsala
Jan 03, 2016 Theresa Marsala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
As one of my favorite books when I was a little girl~ I revisit this book every few years to see if it still holds up to what I remembered & loved.
And It is still in my top 5 Favorite books of all time! The story is cute & endearing while being silly & playfully semi-serious at the same time. Plus the illustrations are just flat out amazing. Even after all these years of art enhancements & the digital art age~I still think this extremely detail-oriented cross hatch style of illu
Feb 03, 2012 zcb257 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We read to our children often when they were little, 20 some years ago. We picked this one up by chance, and I have to say, from the moment we first opened the pages it has stuck with not just me, but them as well.

What a fabulously creative book, one that opened little imaginations wide. Wonderful prose, and illustrations that took that imagination for a ride.

We later watched the movie together as this was *the* favorite book in our house. It was fairly disappointing. Do yourself and your chil
Dec 25, 2008 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is my favorite picture book. Even as a teenager, I'd hunt his book up from time to time to make sure I'd memorized all the lines correctly.

This story reads exactly like all stories told by your grandfather are supposed to. The ones where, as a kid, you keep saying 'really!', then try to verify everything via grandma, who then yells at grandpa for filling your head with nonsense.
Mar 16, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My daughter came home all excited about reading this book in school today. My son then chimed in and I soon had two children dancing around my kitchen telling me all about this book and laughing hysterically. I supposed I should read it myself before I recommend it, but my children definately gave it "two thumbs up"!
I wish maple syrup fell from the sky!

A fun read-out-loud with my nieces. I somehow missed out on this one in my childhood, so I am glad I could introduce myself and the girls to this classic story - several giggles and laughs at the great illustrations.

Read for Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge - read a book to someone else out loud
Vaishali Joglekar
Jul 10, 2016 Vaishali Joglekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You know you're in a wealthy society when kids read about the sky raining food. Aside from this obnoxious premise, a highly creative, surprising story. Kudos to Barrett for including composting.
Feb 23, 2016 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very cute story with a different story inside. I can see why the kids like it. It is yummy!
Carl Koch
Mar 18, 2014 Carl Koch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett. The story is narrated by grandpa to his grandkids. He tells of a far off land called Chewandswallow. There all the weather is food. It snows mashed potatoes, rains soup, and accounts for the townspeople's three meals of the day. Life in Chewandswallow is good until the weather takes a turn for the worst. The portions are getting bigger and so is the food. It finally gets so bad the the townspeople have to make boats out of stale bread a ...more
Lisa Vegan
Oh, I just loved this book. The irony. I think this book hadn’t appealed to me that much because of the meatballs. Even though I like premises that are silly. First, I assumed the story would be all about meatballs but it was actually about all sorts of foods, and the main story is also actually a story within a story, and that worked really well. Also, in the back author bio section, the illustrator’s blurb in my edition says: “Mr. Barrett says his drawing of meatballs in no way endorses their ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Delis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books is Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs written by Judi Barrett .I think other kids should read this awesome book and I give it 5 stars. In my opinion I recommend this book to kids.

I like when the grandpa used his wild imagination to create an interesting goofy story to tell Henry and his sister.It’s obvious that is not real because it’s not possible to rain juice,soup,pancakes and to have a tornado of tomato sauce.This book couldn’t be interesting without grandpa’s wild
Nick Handrich
May 29, 2014 Nick Handrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chloe Dehler
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a children’s book written by Judi Barrett. This book is about a grandpa telling a story to his grandkids before bed. The story their grandpa tells is about a far away town called, Chewandswallow, where people’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner fall from the sky. Everything is good until the weather becomes dangerous. There were tornadoes of tomatoes, and wind storms of salt and pepper. The whole town becomes damaged and destroyed. The people of Chewandswallow h ...more
Bryce Akey
May 15, 2014 Bryce Akey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a good children’s book. This book is about a little town called Chewandswallow. In this town, it rains food three times a day. It rains during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some examples of food that fell from the sky are soup, juice, peas, mashed potatoes, hamburgers, pancakes, and hot dogs. The food people did not eat was picked up by the sanitation department. One day, the weather started to get worse. The food started to get bigger and bigger. One morni ...more
Ryan Pomerenke
Mar 20, 2014 Ryan Pomerenke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” begins when two children are getting ready to go to bed. Their grandpa comes into their room and decides to tell them a bedtime story. The tall tale describes how far away, there is a town where all the people eat only food that falls from the sky. Each day, the weather brings in the appropriate food and proportions for three square meals. Eventually, the portions and the food itself becomes too much. This in turn causes the town to be nearly destroy ...more
Morgan Wilson
May 29, 2014 Morgan Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is a fun children’s book. It is about two children and their grandfather who tells them a bed time story. This story has to do with a town called Chewandswallow. This town is just like every other town except for one little thing; the weather is their source of food. They have no grocery story, just the weather. The weather brings them three meals a day. It never rains or snows like you'd think. It rains soups and snows peas. The wind often brings in burgers. ...more
“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs,” is a children's book written by Judi and Ron Barrett. The book started off with a family eating breakfast that morning. When grandpa flipped some pancakes onto the table where Henry and his sister sat, he accidentally landed one on Henry’s head. The night of the incident, grandpa had a great bedtime story that he told the kids. It was about a city named Chewandswallow. It was like all other cities except that the weather was what the people of the city ate fo ...more
Becca Wilson
Jan 29, 2016 Becca Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a silly story that Grandpa tells about the make-believe town of Chewandswallow. In this town, there are no food stores or restaurants, and nobody ever cooks anything because all of their food comes from the sky! Whatever the weather is that day is what they eat, so three times a day it rains soup, or snows mashed potatoes, or the wind blows in a storm of hamburgers. Life was great in Chewandswallow until the weather took a turn for the worse, with the food ge ...more
David Johnson
The plot takes place in the small town of Chewandswallow. The story starts out with grandpa telling a bedtime story. The town had strange weather. It never rained or snow. All it ever did was drop food from the sky. It'd rain meatballs, pizza, and pancakes. Some other kinds of food would fall to. The town people eventually have to leave because it gets to dangerous. In the end every one is safe and sound.

The characters are the kids and the grandpa. The mother is mentioned, but there were no na
Zach Volz
I thought the book "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" was a good book. This book starts out as a story that is being read to this man’s grandchildren. The story is about a little town called Chewandswallow. This town isn't like any normal town, in Chewandswallow people don't have to buy food they get their food from the sky. Every day during breakfast, lunch and dinner food falls from the sky and people go out and gather it. After a while the food got bigger and the food storms became more dang ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a town called Chewandswallow where there was different weather three times a day. It came for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It rained food that everyone ate from the sky. One day everything starts to go wrong. The broccoli end up burned, the pea soup caused a dense fog, and then there was nothing but Gorgonzola cheese all day long. The townspeople became distraught and had to decide what to do with this terrible weather.

The narrator of the story is two kids at their grandpa's
Savannah Schneider
I read the book “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”. It was a book about food falling from the sky, written by Judi Barrett. I didn't like the drawings very much, they were done by Ron Barrett. I thought they were too boring for a kids book. This book was about a town named Chewandswallow. In this book food fell from the sky for each meal. It would mashed potatoes, wind would blow in hamburgers, rain soda, and the clouds were made of eggs. The weather ended up getting really bad. A giant pancake ...more

I very much enjoyed reading "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," by Judi Barrett. This childhood book is about a grandpa who tells his two grandchildren a bed time story. The story the grandpa tells, happens to be the main story of the book. The food became so disgusting to eat, and people wouldn't leave there homes because the food was getting bigger. It would cover the streets or collapse buildings. Storms of all different food types destroyed everything it touched. I am not going to say what
Trevor Schmoldt
The plot takes place in a small town,called Chewandswallow in present day format."Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" starts out with the grandpa telling the story to the kids after breakfast one morning. The story leads to him saying that there once was a town.The town was a strange town that had strange weather changes. Instead of rain it would rain food,such as pizza, pancakes and meatballs and much more. This book is an odd but interesting read.

The story takes place on a island with a small t
Oct 01, 2015 Brittney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Imagine if you lived in a town that only rained food and never rained rain! This story takes weather to a whole new level as readers giggle their way through the climate of one particular town. All is dandy until the townspeople starts to notice weird arrangements of foods storming in. Brussels sprouts with peanut butter? Loads and loads of broccoli? Really? The best part of the book, in my opinion, is looking at the imaginative illustrations. Not only to they make me laugh out loud, but they ge ...more
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Judi Barrett is the author of many well-loved books for children, including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and Things That Are Most in the World. She teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood. And she usually doesn't mind going to the dentist!
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