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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

by Judi Barrett Illustrated by Ron Barrett

Here's another wonderfully written and illustrated story by the Barrett team. Receiving a place on the prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year list, this book skillfully and subtly blends funny storytelling and full-color illustrations with a very real twist about how weather can affect people's environments.

Life in the wonderful town of Chewandswallow is great: Some of its citizens even say it's downright delicious! Instead of snow, wind, or rain, they get a different kind of weather that falls from the sky three times a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The only bad part about living in Chewandswallow is that the people don't get their choice of what they'd like to fall from the sky: it may snow mashed potatoes, or rain juice or soup, or there might even be a storm of hamburgers that takes them by surprise.

But no one is too worried about the weather, until it takes a turn for the worse — the portions of food get larger and larger and fall faster and faster, until everyone in the town fears for their lives. They all need to think of a plan, and they need one fast! With teamwork, smarts, and some extra-large bagels, Chewandswallow residents are able to save themselves from the torrential weather.

A cheerful approach to gearing up for a science lesson or just for reading aloud, this book makes food and weather fun.

6, 8, 7
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Atheneum Books
Number of Pages
Comedy and Humor, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author and Illustrator

Judi Barrett
Ron Barrett

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