Cloudy with a Chance
of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi and Ron Barrett

Chewandswallow was similar to any other small town except for one thing: the weather comes three times a day and not in the form of snow or rain or wind. Instead, it rained soup, juice, mashed potatoes, hamburgers... It was an idyllic life, until the weather took a turn for the worse.

Suddenly, rather than falling in edible, manageable portions, the town was plagued by floods and storms of giant food items, ruining town buildings and endangering the residents' lives. What were the townspeople to do about their weather now?

This book is a true classic! Even if your students have seen the recent movie, they'll enjoy the original too. The storyline--about food falling instead of rain--is super clever and the illustrations are fantastic (although the printing is a bit dated). In addition to being a just-for-fun read aloud, this title can be also helpful when teaching compound words. Barrett likely didn't write the book for this purpose, but the text is full of examples of compound words!

And, there's a sequel that we are working on reviewing. It's called Pickles to Pittsburgh. If your kids like Cloudy, be sure to treat them to the sequel as well!

Reading Levels For This Book

Interest Level:  Gr. 1-3           DRA Level: 24                 Lexile Measure: 730L
Grade Equivalent: 4.3           Guided Reading: M

See Inside Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Below are two pages from inside this book. As you can see, there certainly is quite a bit of text per page, but the concept is so funny and clever that kids do seem to stay engaged throughout a read aloud.  We know our small samples can be heard to read, so we have included super large versions as well.  To see larger versions (readable ones!), simply click on the images below.

Or, to learn more about this particular book, click the link below to visit this bookpage on  Please note that if you purchase an item from Amazon, they give us a small referral fee. (This helps pay for site hosting costs, thus allowing us to keep everything free for site visitors!)

Lesson Ideas for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

There are a dozen lessons to go with this book on this page of the A-to-Z-Teacher-Stuff website and a dozen more on of And considering what a classic this, there are surely many more. We will look through them soon and pick our favorites.

Also, the website I Heart Teaching has a fun activity to do after reading the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. In short, the teacher taped half of a compound word on each students' back, and then at the signal, the students must interact to find their compound partner. To see the complete write up of this fun lesson ideas (with pictures for each step-- including the one at right), click here.

Check out other books by Judi and Ron Barrett -- they are equally clever and fun!  Check them out. We especially love "Animals should definitely not wear clothing".  So funny!  To learn more, click on the images below or the link above. :)