Parents' Guide to

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Zany food-as-weather tale full of humor, great drawings.

Book Judi Barrett Humor 1978
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age 5+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 4+

Read aloud for lunch to your kid(s).

I read this story to my son when he was four years old (he is five now) and he really enjoyed it. I think the idea of weather expressed as food and how it drove the city's people from their home really appealed to his imagination.
age 5+
Silly fun!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (12 ):

This story is a gratifying, if lightweight, dish of foolishness. It aims for laughs and gets them -- through sight gags for both kids and adults, the deadpan tones of an old-style weather forecast ("Dinner one night consisted of lamb chops, becoming heavy at times, with occasional ketchup"), and the sheer preposterousness of events. Don't look for hidden depths here; the story lives on the surface, and as slapstick it works just fine. It also has a bit of science fiction, too: Those giant T-bones could easily have come from a spaceship.

The lengthy text rambles at times, which can be a problem for some younger listeners, but the funny story and detailed illustrations will hold most kids' interest. The illustrations look like old-fashioned comic-strip drawings or something found in a turn-of-the-century magazine, with hectic line work and wealth of details.

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