Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Author: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: Ron Barrett
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Publication Date: 1978
Awards: Colorado Children's Book Award, Georgia Children's Book Award, Golden Sower Award (NE), IRA/CBC Children's Choices, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books, Reading Rainbow Book, SMART Book Award Nominee
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Gr. K-3

Overview: It is the tall tale about a town called "Chewandswallow" where the weather is made of food. Suddenly the weather takes a turn for the worse, and it begins raining food! This story is an excellent way to get students using their imaginations.

Activity: I would ask the students to think of an event that happened in their life, and write about it in the form of a tall tale by stretching the truth and exaggerating the details.

Reviewer’s Name: Sarah Pierson