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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Simon & Schuster, 1978)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an American children’s book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by her husband Ron Barrett. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was listed on the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” list by the National Education Association in 2007. In 2012, the “School Library Journal” listed it in the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time. In 2000, a sequel Pickles to Pittsburgh was published. In 2013, another sequel, Planet of the Pies was published.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a bedtime story narrated by a grandfather to his grandchildren. He tells the adventures of how the residents of a town called Chewandswallow receive their daily meals by meteorological weather patterns that rain food. One day, the weather takes a turn for the worse and rains unpleasant and/or dangerously oversized foods. They have to move to a new town and learn how to obtain food the normal way.

In September 2009, Sony Pictures Animation released an animated film adaptation. Instead of a grandfather, the film focuses on inventor Flint Lockwood and his machine where regular weather goes in and produced food weather. In September 2013, Sony produced a sequel to the film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. This sequel was not adapted from any of the books and was based on an original idea.