Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an American children’s book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. It was first published in 1978 by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atheneum Books, followed by a 1982 trade paperback edition from sister company Aladdin Paperbacks. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”. It was one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal. In 2009 an animated film of the same name was released by Sony Pictures.
The book details a bedtime story narrated by a grandfather to his grandchildren, chronicling the daily lives of the citizens of an unordinary town called Chewandswallow characterized by its strange daily meteorological pattern that provides the townsfolk with all of their required daily meals by raining food.
The weather unexpectedly and inexplicably takes a turn for the worse, devastating the local community with destructive and uncontrollable storms of either unpleasant or dangerously oversized foods, resulting in unstoppable catastrophes for the townspeople. Their lives endangered by the threats of the storms, they relocate to a different community of normal non-edible meteorological patterns, safe from the hazards that once were presented by raining meals. However, they are forced to learn how to obtain food the normal way. The film on the other hand created new characters for plot development and thus the synopsis was changed. Unlike the book where a grandfather tells his two grandchildren a bedtime story about Chewandswallow, an inventor named Flint Lockwood invents a machine that has regular weather going into it and then having food weather going out of it and having the food weather spreading all over the world, but soon it starts taking a turn for the worse. Eventually, Flint destroys it with the help of “Spray-On-Shoes”, one of his numerous inventions.
CWACOM is a well-received and highly loved book. It features in popular children’s books and recently became popular because of the film adaptation. The film is a smartly directed tale of funny characters which offers valuable insight with fast paced action. The film is witty and makes for an exceptional family comedy. A kid favourite this film was also a hit among the critics.