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Pickles to Pittsburgh: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  922 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Enjoy the delicious sequel to the bestselling Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in a portable, sturdy Classic Board Book edition.

In Pickles to Pittsburgh, the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate drifts off to sleep and, with her brother Henry as her copilot, visits the land of Chewandswallow—a land characterized by massive amounts of food, immense c
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Board Book, 34 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Little Simon (first published January 1st 1997)
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L-Crystal Wlodek
Pickles to Pittsburgh is a book intended for children in kindergarten through second grade. This book is the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. In this story, grandpa goes on vacation, and his grandchildren dream that he went back to the town of Chewandswallow. In their dream, it snows popcorn and mash potatoes, and rains sandwiches and orange juice. This falling food in then shipped to hungry people and needy counties all over the world. When grandpa returns, he shows his grandchildre ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jun 18, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only those readers who’ve read and enjoyed the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
I recently read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for the very first time, and I wanted to read this book too, even though my expectations were very low because I’d seen & heard others’ opinions of it, and overall they’re not that enthusiastic. Perhaps this is why I ended up enjoying this book, and being so pleasantly surprised by it. No, it’s not as brilliants as the first (famous) book, but I thought it was fun too.

I like the social responsibility message (despite it being a fantasy), I lo
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Michelle McBeth
In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Grandpa has gone on vacation. Henry and Kate highly anticipate his return. When Kate goes to bed, she dreams of Chewandswallow. She dreams that she flies there in an airplane with Henry. People are cleaning up the massive pile up of food. These people have created the Fallen Food Company. They ship the leftovers to all over the world wherever food is needed and they do it for free. Kate wakes up. When Grandpa gets home, Henry and Kate tuck him ...more
Alyssa Frank
In Pickles to Pittsburgh, the sequel to Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await their grandfathers return from a magical destination. They make him a special cake and after staring at the fabulous postcard grandpa had sent previously they drift into a dream filled sleep. The two children enter a foreign town where bread rolls are mountains, broccoli are trees, and helicopters drop giant tuna sandwiches. However, the town in abandoned and they come to find it was once call ...more
Kacie Blakley
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if it rained food and literally everything was made out of food? Pickles to Pittsburgh clearly depicts what a food-world would look like. Henry and Kate dream of the city their grandfather is visiting; a city that is completely made up of food. It rains orange juice and giant slices of pizza and pie line the streets. The kids eventually come back to reality and tell Grandpa about their amazing dream.
I felt a little lost in this story, maybe bec
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Pickles to Pittsburgh (1997)
Picture Book
Format: Book
Plot summary: Dozing off while contemplating Grandpa's unusual vacation, Kate dreams about Chewandswallow, where it snows popcorn and rains sandwiches, and the fate of the falling food intrigues her.
No special considerations.
Review citation (if available): Bateman, Teresa. School Library Journal. January 2010.
Section source used to find the material: School Library journal review
Recommended age: Pre-K to 2nd grade
Meghan Collins
I love Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and I have never read this book, which is the sequel, and I was drawn to it. The book was a lot like the first book, full of great descriptions and great pictures that match the text. In fact, I loved both of these books because the descriptions are really great. Each food item has great descriptors including colors, textures, sizes, and even how they taste.

The illustrations match the text, which creates a better feel for the story. Specifically, the pi
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Sarah
This book is everything you loved about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs but supersized! and I do mean literally! All of the food you loved to watch falling from the sky now still falls down but in super sized fashion. All of the food is bigger than life and so is this story. It is the perfect circle story that will bring a smile to your face. The journey the kids start comes back to them at the end when they visit their dear old grandfather.

I highly recommend this book to kids, especially if
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Kaitlin
A disappointing sequel to the great hit, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I was not impressed, but I like the effort to revive the story.
Annie Carbutt
The characters of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs are back, but now the story takes on a slant of reality. Could food really be taken to the rest of the world from Chewandswallow? Grandpa is about to tell us. This book is more about the pictures than the narration, unlike the first book which equally relies on both. The pictures show a fascinating land that children will surely want to escape to, while the words tell a moral tale of feeding the impoverished and not wasting. This is a fun book, ...more
Eden
In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry can't wait for their grandfather to return. They even make him a special cake for his welcome home.

The next before his return, Kate and Henry fall asleep while staring at a post card from their grandfather. In their dreams, they find a town filled with giant food and explore it.

I liked this as much as the first book. I think it was a enjoyable read and those who liked the first book will probably like this one too.
Kamillah
As the sequel to one of my absolute favorite kids' books, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh has a lot to live up to in my library. If you're unfamiliar with the original story, the first book is about a fantastical town called Chewandswallow. Kate and Henry's grandfather tells them what they believe to be a tall tale about this ordinary little town with a main street where the weather patterns are made of food. Orange juice and other beverages rain down from the sky, snow ...more
Robert Beveridge
Judi Barrett, Pickles to Pittsburgh (Atheneum, 1997)

Almost twenty years after the original, there was finally a sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. 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 Meatballs show on the road: “why don't the people of Chewandswallow use all that food to feed the hungry kids in [f
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Drew Graham
When I picked up Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at the library (which I had never read), I was surprised to discover that there was a lesser-known sequel on the shelf next to it. Published almost twenty years after the first book, Pickles to Pittsburgh tells of the two kids from the first book, and their dream-like journey back to the island of Chewandswallow, where they witness the changes that have taken place after the people were forced by destructive edible weather to vacate their homes. ...more
Sarah Sammis
Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett is is the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Food continues to rain down in Chewandswallow. It's gotten larger and larger and more out of control. Now that the residents have evacuated they have to decide what to do with their weather problem.

Rather than see this over-sized food as a problem (as it is in the movie adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), the food is seen as a blessing. There's a chance to share the bounty, hence the Pickles
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Molly Toomey
While a grandfather is away on vacation, a brother and sister remember memories of him and bake him a cake for his return. That night, the sister dreams of an island where everything is made up of food. Among other adventures, they drive over bacon roads, see a lake where frogs rest on eggs and toast, walk through a forest of carrots, and experience orange juice rain. The story is a great fantasy book that could be perfect for a writing prompt in which students create their own island.
Edward Creter
Two kids, a brother and a sister, are dreamily transported back to the magical, food-filled and fun-filled land of Chewandswallow to aid in possibly solving the world food crisis by way of shipping huge oversized food by boat. (I can picture it now: "Ice cream cone RIGHT AHEAD!!!" Sorry, Titanic fans!) A mouth-watering feast for the imagination and partly inspirational for the Cloudy W/Meatballs film series yet this book, I suspect, will make the movies seem like (SAY IT!) small potatoes!!!
Robin Berman

found out recently that there was a sequel published in 1997 to CWACOM's which was published in 1978. I had read CWACOM's in the early 2000's when my daughter was little and again a few years ago with my son, now age 9. never knew about the sequel. Just read it with my son. I didn't like it as much as the first book, and like others have said, found it repetitive of the 1st book. The plots is basically just telling you what happened in the same town after the 1st book ended.
Sam Wojtaszek
"I want to eat the giant hamburger!" Your favorite food. You love these books, and no wonder, the imaginative illustrations are fantastic.
Beth Wood
I liked the idea of the shipping company that sends the food all over the world to alleviate hunger, but overall this book was meh.
Deb Carter
The illustrations are quite good in this book. If you like giant food you might like this book. I just don't.
Julie
This story lets readers know what happened to all the food that fell from the sky in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," and solves the town's problem in a creative way.
Kiery
Funny and totally a kids book, not as good as the first but still one of my favorite series
Mariah Christensen
Still fun to see what they do with the food, but not as cool as the original.
Trista
A cute sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Joy
an intriguing sequel that picks up where "Cloudy" leaves off. I enjoyed it but I couldn't help but be annoyed at the simple assumptions that the book makes in its conclusion. I like the idea of the residents of Chewandswallow returning to their native shores to make use of the tons of food therein, but really, who is funding all of this transportation and storage of gigantic food? A nice thought, but I couldn't stop the practical part of my mind from snorting at this bland oversimplification of ...more
Janelle
The sequel to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." It answers the question about what happened after all of the people left.

I like that the solution was to collect the food and give it away to places where people are hungry. But I'm not sure the message really hit home for the kids amidst the silliness. Still, I think young fans of the original will like a follow-up.
Amanda
I had big hopes for this one, but maybe I should've reread Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs right before reading it, because it seemed like it lacked explanation. The ending of the story was positive and a great dream, but the setup seemed stretched thin and like I had missed something fundamental. If I reread the previous book, maybe I'll kick myself for being so hard on it, but on its own, it wasn't my favorite and I can't imagine it was any more fun for my preschooler.
Laura
I read this to my second graders as a follow-up to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. While not nearly as strong and though it certainly doesn't stand on its own, I actually kind of enjoyed this sequel. It's a great way to emphasize Barrett's use of black and white and color. It's also a nice way to explore tall tales versus dream sequences. My students enjoyed this story nearly as much and I'm glad I took the time to read it to them.
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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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