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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 43 user ratings
ISBN:1442444592
LANGUAGE:English

" found out recently that there was a sequel published in 1997 to CWACOM's which was published in 1978. I had read CWACOM's in the early 2000's when my daughter was little and again a few years ago with my son, now age 9. never knew about the sequel. Just read it with my son. I didn't like it as much as the first book, and like others have said, found it repetitive of the 1st book. The plots is basically just telling you what happened in the same town after the 1st book ended. " said.

" The sequel to "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." It answers the question about what happened after all of the people left.I like that the solution was to collect the food and give it away to places where people are hungry. But I'm not sure the message really hit home for the kids amidst the silliness. Still, I think young fans of the original will like a follow-up. " said.

" I had big hopes for this one, but maybe I should've reread Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs right before reading it, because it seemed like it lacked explanation. The ending of the story was positive and a great dream, but the setup seemed stretched thin and like I had missed something fundamental. If I reread the previous book, maybe I'll kick myself for being so hard on it, but on its own, it wasn't my favorite and I can't imagine it was any more fun for my preschooler. " said.

"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!
" said.

"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
" said.

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