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Bri Meets Books

Children's and YA literature reviews.

This Film Fridays post is on Saturday, due to my post for the Dreaming Anastasia blog tour.  Film Fridays is where I write about a book I’d either like to see a movie, or a movie that was adapted from a book.
This week, it’s all about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, the film of which opened this week, including screens featuring IMAX 3D.
This classroom staple was published in 1978.  The original tale is about a grandfather who tells his children about the town of Chewandswallow, and the peculiar weather of the town: food.  It would rain soup and juice, and snow mashed potatoes.  But the weather, while delicious, causes problems for the whole town, and something must be done.
A sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, is available as well. In November, The Complete Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs arrives in stores, with both books in a collection.

The film version runs 81 minutes, and features the voices of Mr. T, Anna Farris, Neil Patrick Harris, and Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader and Andy Samberg. The trailer and other goodies are at the official website, CloudywithaChanceofMeatballs.com.  Obviously the story of the original text has to be fleshed out a bit, so it foscuses on Flint Lockwood, a bumbling inventor who invents a device to help his starving town, but it backfires.

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