Pickles to Pittsburgh: A Sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (with audio recording)

Pickles to Pittsburgh: A Sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (with audio recording)

by Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett
     
 

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In this charming sequel to the classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await Grandpa's return from a vacation that his postcard says has been one of the best and most unusual ever. Thinking about that postcard Kate drifts off to sleep that night and...

"With Henry as my co-pilot..." she visits the strange land of Chewandswallow See more details below

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In this charming sequel to the classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await Grandpa's return from a vacation that his postcard says has been one of the best and most unusual ever. Thinking about that postcard Kate drifts off to sleep that night and...

"With Henry as my co-pilot..." she visits the strange land of Chewandswallow -- a land characterized by massive amounts of food, immense carrots, leafy jungles of lettuce, and tuna fish sandwiches so gigantic they have to be moved by helicopter. What the people of Chewandswallow are doing with all that food is most intriguing of all. Fans of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs will applaud this return trip with its underlying message of generosity and a world community.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
When it rains in the town of Chewandswallow, people reach for their forks instead of their umbrellas. Instead of rain, giant food items fall from the sky! Kate and Henry prepare dinner and cake in anticipation of Grandpa's return from his vacation. Then, as the children visit Chewandswallow in a dream, they learn how citizens box and ship the food around the world to people who need it—all for free. When Grandpa comes home the next day, he first listens to the bedtime tall tale, and then suggests that pictures of his trip may prove relevant. The book's interest is in the extremely detailed ink and watercolor illustrations. The fanciful integration of giant food items into scenes is fun and beautiful—from camels with pizza slice blankets to a dam of melted ice cream being drained with straws. There are some additional clever visuals, like the shifting of the story's black-and-white pictures to color in the dream world in a transition reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. The only problem with this edition is that each original full-sized page seems to be condensed to the board book size, making the illustrations busy and the text impossibly small to read. The small size also leads to questions about the audience and purpose of the board book edition, as details and words are likely too small for babies and toddlers, who tend to appreciate blocky objects with bright colors and large text. Likewise, the language and content of the original story are suited for older children and will prove too difficult for younger readers, usually the audience of heavy-duty board books. Still, adults who remember the 1997 original will delight in this "Classic Board Book," and enjoy sharing its enchanting pages with a younger audience. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nearly 20 years after the publication of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs comes this droll sequel starring Kate and her brother Henry. This time, a postcard from their grandfather's peculiar vacation spot sparks Kate's dream about the oddly familiar town of Chewandswallow. Unusual weather patterns still bring showers of super-sized food to the island ("we can see dinner approaching from the west. Spaghetti and meatballs I think!"), but the citizens who fled in the first book have returned to create the Falling Food Company ("Large Food for Large and Small Countries, Free"). Ron Barrett's witty cross-hatched pen-and-ink illustrations have a quirky retro flavor (enhanced by Judi Barrett's tonal colorings); he joins in the fun with such visual puns as the marquee on the local movie theater (featuring Breakfast at Tiffany's and Babette's Feast). If the story's social consciousness seems a bit contrived ("Even with poverty and drought there's always food for everyone!"), the sheer zaniness of the concept (e.g., fried egg lilypads, birds in nests of shredded wheat, an airstrip made of bacon) makes this exuberant tall tale as much of a delight as the original. The dream-like quality ties this sequel neatly to the first book, while the broad hints that Grandpa (just in from his trip, toting colossal chocolate chip cookies as souvenirs) knows a thing or two about Chewandswallow add a delicious whiff of mystery. This return visit is a feast for the eyes and ears. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) FYI: Food drive event kits are available from the publisher.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-When we last visited the town of Chewandswallow in Judi Barrett's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Macmillan 1978), the food raining down from the skies had grown enormous and dangerous, so the townsfolk were forced to evacuate. In this sequel (Atheneum, 1997), a visit from grandpa, known for his tales of Chewandswallow, inspires Kate to dream of visiting the town with her brother. It has been resettled and the giant food is now being shipped all over the world, for free, to feed hungry folks. Ron Barrett's watercolor and detailed ink illustrations are scanned iconographically as this first person tall tale is read expressively by a female narrator. Sound effects abound as well as occasional light music. Different voices are used for the various characters. Both video and audio quality are excellent. It is not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this video, since it includes a brief synopsis of the original story. While this is not as compelling as the first book, it is a fun flight of fancy that children will enjoy.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From the creators of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1978) comes another bizarre food tale. Kate and Henry receive a postcard from their vacationing Grandpa, and the card prompts a wild dream for Kate: She and her brother fly to the land of Chewandswallow, where colossal foodstuffs rain down from the sky, and where the citizens, accustomed to the bounty, ship food to wherever there is a need for it. When Kate wakes up, it is the day that Grandpa returns home, bearing giant chocolate chip cookies, just like the ones in . . . The tale is amiable, and the line drawings captivating, but the message of generosity is laid on as thick as the peanut butter in one of Chewandswallow's gigantic sandwiches. It takes over the story, leaving it without any momentum of its own.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442449671
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
390,446
File size:
21 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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