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Pickles to Pittsburgh: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 43 user ratings
ISBN:1442444592
LANGUAGE:English

"an intriguing sequel that picks up where "Cloudy" leaves off. I enjoyed it but I couldn't help but be annoyed at the simple assumptions that the book makes in its conclusion. I like the idea of the residents of Chewandswallow returning to their native shores to make use of the tons of food therein, but really, who is funding all of this transportation and storage of gigantic food? A nice thought, but I couldn't stop the practical part of my mind from snorting at this bland oversimplification of such a complex problem as world hunger." said.

" In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry can't wait for their grandfather to return. They even make him a special cake for his welcome home.The next before his return, Kate and Henry fall asleep while staring at a post card from their grandfather. In their dreams, they find a town filled with giant food and explore it.I liked this as much as the first book. I think it was a enjoyable read and those who liked the first book will probably like this one too. " said.

"The characters of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs are back, but now the story takes on a slant of reality. Could food really be taken to the rest of the world from Chewandswallow? Grandpa is about to tell us. This book is more about the pictures than the narration, unlike the first book which equally relies on both. The pictures show a fascinating land that children will surely want to escape to, while the words tell a moral tale of feeding the impoverished and not wasting. This is a fun book, though on its own it is not so exciting. But as a companion to the first book, this is definitely something I will use to teach kids about not wasting and helping others. " said.

"This book is everything you loved about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs but supersized! and I do mean literally! All of the food you loved to watch falling from the sky now still falls down but in super sized fashion. All of the food is bigger than life and so is this story. It is the perfect circle story that will bring a smile to your face. The journey the kids start comes back to them at the end when they visit their dear old grandfather.

I highly recommend this book to kids, especially if you loved the first one. The illustrations are classic and very descriptive without using any words! The text box makes it easy to find the read the words without getting lost in the chaos of the pictures. The frames around the drawings box the illustrations up like a little boy around a present, which is exactly what they are, a gift to the reader!
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"Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett is is the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Food continues to rain down in Chewandswallow. It's gotten larger and larger and more out of control. Now that the residents have evacuated they have to decide what to do with their weather problem.

Rather than see this over-sized food as a problem (as it is in the movie adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), the food is seen as a blessing. There's a chance to share the bounty, hence the Pickles to Pittsburgh.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, the artwork, while retro feeling, did provide much of the artistic inspiration for the film. That holds true for the sequel. As the food here is naturally occurring, it's seen as a natural resource.

If you read the book with a child who has seen the movie, take a chance to talk about how it's similar and different. They will recognize many of the scenes from the second half of the movie but they might be surprised at how differently these scenes are described in the book.

Four stars
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"In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Grandpa has gone on vacation. Henry and Kate highly anticipate his return. When Kate goes to bed, she dreams of Chewandswallow. She dreams that she flies there in an airplane with Henry. People are cleaning up the massive pile up of food. These people have created the Fallen Food Company. They ship the leftovers to all over the world wherever food is needed and they do it for free. Kate wakes up. When Grandpa gets home, Henry and Kate tuck him in with a bedtime story about the dream Kate had.

The illustrations are the same as in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. They are complex drawings and interesting to look at.

This story does not have the same excitement and zing as the first book. It simply revisits the story from book one with an added twist. This is a very simple solution to world hungry and wouldn't it be wonderful if it were reality instead of fantasy. Even though this doesn't hold the interest as well as book one, humongous food is still a fun topic that kids will enjoy and the pictures are not to be missed.
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"Judi Barrett, Pickles to Pittsburgh (Atheneum, 1997)

Almost twenty years after the original, there was finally a sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Unsurprisingly, it's not quite as good as the original. Much of the whimsy has disappeared from the concept, though one can't fault the direction the story takes; I'm sure the question popped up every time Judi Barrett took the Meatballs show on the road: “why don't the people of Chewandswallow use all that food to feed the hungry kids in [fill in the blank]?” And that's exactly what we get here; Kate and Henry, our protagonists from the original, find themselves back in Chewandswallow in a dream Kate has. This time, the town has turned its food-based weather into a thriving export industry, sending its bounty around the world to feed the hungry and end drought. Quite civic-minded, and to be honest, a little boring. What saves it from obscurity is Ron Barrett's faithfulness to the artwork of the original; you'd never know nineteen years passed between book A and book B, and the two can be read together without any sort of jarring when you cross between them, thanks to the artwork's similarity. If you've read the first, you'll eventually come to this one, though I doubt you'll be tempted to revisit it as often. ***
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"As the sequel to one of my absolute favorite kids' books, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Pickles to Pittsburgh has a lot to live up to in my library. If you're unfamiliar with the original story, the first book is about a fantastical town called Chewandswallow. Kate and Henry's grandfather tells them what they believe to be a tall tale about this ordinary little town with a main street where the weather patterns are made of food. Orange juice and other beverages rain down from the sky, snow is made of popcorn, and the sunrise resembles butter melting over soft hills of mashed potatoes. Pretty awesome, right? Unfortunately, Pickles to Pittsburgh doesn't recapture the magic of the original tale.

Pickles to Pittsburgh again features Kate and Henry, whose grandfather is on vacation. While they anxiously await his return, Kate dreams about returning to Chewandswallow. Through her dream, we learn what's become of Chewandswallow since the townspeople evacuated it after finding they couldn't weather massive storms of giant hamburgers and other over-sized snacks in her grandfather's tall tale.

In the end the book was just "ok." I was happy to revisit Chewandswallow, and the illustrations of giant popcorn clouds and airlifted pickles are still fun, but it lacked an engaging storyline to carry the book and match the original's whimsy. I'd re-read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs instead the next time I want to imagine what it would be like to land an airplane onto a runway made of bacon.
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