Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Written by Judi Barrett
Illustrated by Ron Barrett
So since it’s raining cats and dogs today I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce The Boog to a new book. I have been meaning to read it to her for quite some time; however, she really hasn’t shown any interest in the weather until just this past winter. Instead of raining cats and dogs, what if it rained food instead?
Illustrated in comic book style, we are introduced to the tiny town of Chewandswallow. As narrated by the children’s Grandfather, the town is just like any other town, except for the weather! See, in Chewandswallow everything that everyone ate came from the sky……
It never rained, it never snowed and it never blew just wind. It rained things like soup and juice. It snowed mashed potatoes and green peas. And sometimes the wind blew in storms of hamburgers. Instead of umbrellas, people walked around with utensils that way they would always be prepared for any kind of weather.
It’s a very silly book that caused The Boog to look at the weather quite differently and as a parent, that always gives me a sense of satisfaction. Being that she is now 3 going on 4, I thought the illustrations would be a bit sophisticated for her, but she didn’t miss a beat, pointing out all the indiscretions Barret imposes into his illustrations.
They did recreate Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for the big screen and we enjoyed it quite a bit but nothing comes close to reading the book but in that aspect I remain very biased, as with most things vintage children's books related.
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