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

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The beloved, bestselling tale of edible weather is brought to life!

If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you'd have no choice. What if you didn't like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1978)
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Nov 02, 2007 Jenny added it
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
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
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
“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
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
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.
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"!
Carl Koch
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
Nick Handrich
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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
“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
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
"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
Apr 25, 2014 Blake added it
“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
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
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
Nicholas Walters

I read “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett. This book was kind of weird. Every Saturday morning Grandpa would make pancakes for the family. Henry and the author loved pancakes. That morning was different though because the dog chased the cat into the kitchen and Grandpa sent a pancake flying and it landed on Henry’s head. That night Grandpa decided to tell a story that related to the pancake on Henry’s head. The town of Chewandswallow didn’t have food at the market. They had food
Hailee Gorges
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" was such a cute book! This book starts out as a story that is being read to this mans 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 proportions got larger and the food storms became more dangerous an ...more
Brandon Colligan
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett is a bedtime story told by a grandfather of a town called Chewandswallow, where the weather creates all sorts of food and drink for the people living there. The weather eventually takes a turn for the worst and the people must evacuate this world of raining food.

This story is told from the perspective of "Grandpa" and telling it to his grandchildren. This story seems to be a personal experience to him which is evident at the end of the story.
Michelle Doerr
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is such a fun and creative story. I characterize this book as fantasy/science fiction for both primary and intermediate ages. This story is about the town Chewandswallow and how it "pours" or "clears up" food. Everyday breakfast, lunch, and dinner fall from the sky due to technological advances discovered by a young boy. The town gets more than they bargained for when it is being covered by huge amounts of food. The genre science fiction aims to make the reader ...more
Robert Beveridge
Judi Barrett, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Atheneum, 1978)

A classic of kidlit that I never actually got round to reading (I was ten when it was released, and feeling too old for stuff like this; I first read 'Salem's Lot two years previous) until now, a year and change after seeing the film version (which both I and my daughter adored, though it seemed few others did). It is, of course, an almost entirely different story; the setting from the book, the small island town of Chewandswallow,
Amy Musser
One night, after a pancake flies off the stove top and onto Henry’s hair, a grandfather tells his two grandchildren the tall tale of the tiny town of Chewandswallow. Chewandswallow had everything most small towns have, stores, houses, a school, people, dogs, cats, but what it didn’t have were food stores because they weren’t needed. Instead of buying it off the shelf, food arrived three times a day by weather. The townspeople took their plates and cups everywhere so they would be ready if it rai ...more
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a story about a small little town called Chewandswallow where the weather patterns are bit abnormal. At first the townspeople enjoyed the storms of food, but after a while the weather got out of control! Instead of the normal orange juice rains and small proportions of dinner, tornadoes of tomato sauce and giant hamburgers threatened the lives of the townspeople! They decide to abandon the town and find themselves in a coastal town that did not experience cra ...more
Sarah Sammis
Back in January I wrote a review of the film version of Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs and I promised a longer review of the book by Judi Barrett. I apologize for the delay. I really don't know where the time as gone!

The book has a framing story that begins with a mishap during breakfast. The grandfather is inspired and tells the children about a place called Chewandswallow where the weather brings food three times a day. Except near the end of the town's existence, the food gets too big and s
My brother and I have a running joke that I won't watch a movie unless I've read the book first. Seeing just a glimpse of the second Meatballs movie was enough to make me put the book on my to-read list! This was a lot of food-fuelled fun, and its quirkiness and illustrations reminded me of Chris Van Allsburg's early work. It's a pleasurable read for adults too, with a wealth of sight gags and puns like campaign posters for candidates named Anne Chovie and Stew Pot, and inspired moments of creat ...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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