Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | Book Review

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Book Review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Children’s Book Review

Written by Judi Barrett

Illustrated by Ronald Barrett

Ages 4+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Antheneum Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 9780689707490

What to Expect: Humor and Friendship

The story has to be entertaining when it’s set in a town called Chewandswallow. There is a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie based on the book, but it’s quite a bit different.

Chewandswallow appears to be like any other town. What makes it unique is that the weather comes three times a day. Once for breakfast, once for lunch, and once for dinner. What’s so special about that, you ask? Well, for starters, it doesn’t rain or snow in Chewandswallow. No, among other delectable items, it rains juice and snows mashed potatoes, and a giant jello sets in the sky after dinner.

The people of the town are all pleased and well-fed without a worry in the world until things get messy as the food portions blow out of proportion and cause severe storm damage. Nobody wants to be squashed flat by a pancake. How will the people survive? What will they do?

This bedtime story is just completely absurd; that’s why you’ll love it. The pages are as full as a banquet dinner; you can pour over them and relish in all the details and extra laughs they provide. 

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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, Lots More Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, Santa from Cincinnati, and An Excessive Alphabet. She teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

Judi Barrett
About the Illustrator

Ron Barrett is the internationally bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh, Superhero Joe, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, Lots More Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, and An Excessive Alphabet. 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.

Ron Barrett

What to Read Next if You Love Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Pickles to Pittsburgh,  by Judi Barrett and Ronald Barrett

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, by Judi Barrett and Ronald Barrett

Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban

Bianca Schulze reviewed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Discover more books likeCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by reading our reviews and articles tagged with Humor and Friends.

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