Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3: Planet of the Pies


Cloudy with a chance of…pie?! An all-new Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs adventure takes foodie fun to—Mars!

Breaking News: Astronauts Land on Mars!

Kate and Henry can hardly believe their eyes. Astronauts have landed on Mars! And their first discovery there? A thick glutinous substance that seems to be falling from the sky. A substance not unlike...pie filling? Could it be? Could it be raining pies on Mars?...

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Cloudy with a chance of…pie?! An all-new Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs adventure takes foodie fun to—Mars!

Breaking News: Astronauts Land on Mars!

Kate and Henry can hardly believe their eyes. Astronauts have landed on Mars! And their first discovery there? A thick glutinous substance that seems to be falling from the sky. A substance not unlike...pie filling? Could it be? Could it be raining pies on Mars? Suddenly, Mars seems a whole lot more inviting—and delicious!—than it ever has before.

And more will be revealed. Because it just so happens that Grandpa has some very personal experience with these Martians. And, even more importantly, with the pies.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A full 35 years after Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (and 16 years after its sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh), Barrett offers a third food-filled romp starring Kate, Henry, and Grandpa. Monés nicely approximates Ron Barrett’s work on the previous books, as news reports about the possibility of pie filling on the surface of Mars pique the children’s interest. B&w pen-and-ink artwork shifts to color as Grandpa dreams of a trip to the red planet, where the locals have more pie than they can handle. Though the story meanders, Monés’s visions of a dessert-laden Mars should whet readers’ appetites. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Carol Mitchell
In this, the third book in the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" series, Grandpa shows Henry and his sister (the narrator) a newspaper article about astronauts landing on Mars and finding a "thick, glutinous substance" there. A television reporter then speculates that the substance might be pie. Grandpa falls asleep and dreams that he is one of the astronauts on the Mars mission and that the substance raining from the sky is indeed pie filling. Grandpa and his fellow astronauts meet friendly Martians, figure out how to communicate with them, and advise them about how to solve the problem of raining pie. This book includes the same main characters as the first two books in the series and is illustrated with similar, lively pen-and-ink drawings. Although the illustrations are mainly in black-and-white, they are brightened with watercolors when Grandpa is dreaming. The story is short, simple, and fun, yet unusual enough to delight young readers. Reviewer: Carol Mitchell
Kirkus Reviews
More edible precipitation--falling not on the town of Chewandswallow this time, but Mars, and timed to whet appetites for the second iteration of the film version of the franchise. Grandpa falls asleep in his chair following news reports of astronauts greeted by a shower of goo on the red planet and dreams of being there himself, helping the green-skinned residents cope with barrages of falling pies. They're all the fruit-filled sort in Monés' illustrations, which are closely modeled on Ron Barrett's work in the previous two Cloudy episodes and sandwich color views of Martian cities and citizens between earthly scenes in crosshatched black and white. The story goes on a little too long and ends in a muddle--the goo turns out to be ordinary Martian rain, but the pie Grandpa serves to his grandchildren in the final scene comes from an interplanetary shipping carton that is somehow translated into reality from his dream solution of exporting fallen pies to Earth. Nevertheless, the showers of crust and fruit filling look delectable, and the illustrator tucks in plenty of amusing side business and sight gags. An extra helping for those readers who haven't had their fill of the general premise. (Picture book. 6-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The saga continues with larger-than-life food, but this time the adventure is out of this world-literally. Grandpa shows the kids the newspaper headline: astronauts have landed on Mars. A television reporter comes on saying that the astronauts discovered a "thick, glutinous substance" on the ground and falling from the sky. He suggests that it could be pie filling. The kids fantasize about going to Mars and having Martian pie. Grandpa falls asleep in front of the television and begins to dream. He is on Mars, where there are pies everywhere and raining from the sky. The pie in the sky situation, though, is a little out of hand, and the Martians had been waiting for someone to help. They decide that the best solution is to catch the treats as they fall and start a business, selling the pies all over Earth. Grandpa awakes, and both the news reporter and the newspaper confirm that there were, in fact, no pies on Mars, but it's still fun to dream. Although this third book in the series has a new illustrator, the feel from the previous books is not lost. The pen-and-ink illustrations are filled with action; color is only used while Grandpa is dreaming, which adds to the fantasy of it all. A great purchase for libraries where the series is popular.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442490277
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 676,601
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet 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, and Santa from Cincinnati. She teaches art to kindergarten students at a school in her Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood.

Isidre Monés is a Spanish artist best known for his comic book work. In addition to illustrating Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3, he has also illustrated several of Cynthia Rylant’s Henry and Mudge stories.

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