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Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
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Feb 09, 2010

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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 grandchildren pictures and they wonder whether their dreams were really reality.

This book is filled with some imagination, but it is not as magical, interesting, and enjoyable as the first book. In addition, without reading the first book, the reader would be quite confused since it does a poor job of summarizing the first book and starting where the last book ended. However, the book does provide a nice solution to end world hunger. The illustrations, design, and layout of the book are wonderful, and have a comic book feel. This book can be used to jumpstart students’ imagination before writing and is a good example of fantasy as opposed to reality. This book sends a good message to students who want to give back, but is not as imaginative, magical, or exciting as the first book, which may leave students feeling disappointed.
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