Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi and Ron Barrett, has been around since 1978, but the land of Chewandswallow, where the sky rains breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, is still captivating to my favorite five year old. Of course the plot (or soup) thickens when the weather spins out of control with, naturally, giant meatballs crashing all over town. What could be more fun than a child giggling over a book, except maybe an adult giggling along with him?
This book offers lots of opportunity for young imaginations. What kind of food would YOU like to have fall from the sky? What really does fall from the sky? What would YOU do if a giant pancake fell on YOUR school??
And good news for all you film buffs: Sony Pictures Animation is scheduled to release a 3-D film based on the book on September 18, 2009. It is both homage to and send up of disaster movies. Voices include Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, and Tracy Morgan. Just click on their names to see videos in KPL’s collection that feature these stars.
Ready to giggle?
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs