Author Judith Barrett and illustrator Ron Barrett have blended funny storytelling and full-color illustrations to tell how weather can affect people’s environment. The Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs book, written and published in 1978 was so wonderfully written and skillfully illustrated by the Barrett team that it received a place on the prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year list.
Life in the magnificent town of Chewandswallow was wonderful but very different. The citizens there never had the kind of wind, rain or snow that we are accustom to . Their weather fell from the sky three times a day, only at breakfast, lunch and dinner in the form of food. This might sound great but they did not get to choose what would fall. One day it might rain tomato soup, the next it might snow mashed potatoes. What would you think of a storm of hamburgers?
One day the food portions got larger and fell faster until everyone feared for their life. The people of Chewandswallow had to come up with a plan. They used their smarts together with teamwork and were able to save themselves. A fun filled approach to science by combining nutrition and weather.