Friday, July 23, 2010

Books Versus Films

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett

Author Judi Barrett’s book entitled, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, is very different than the film with the same name. Although I enjoyed reading the book and viewing the movie version, I liked the book better.

In the book a Grandfather tells his grandchildren a bedtime story about a make-believe town called Chewandswallow. In this town all the precipitation comes in the form of food! Things are great for awhile until the amount of food gets out of hand and portions begin to get bigger and bigger! Finally in order to survive, the people have to “set sail” for a new land.

In the movie version the town is Swallow Falls, and a young inventor named Flint Lockwood creates a machine which makes food fall from the sky. Eventually, the machine goes haywire and the overabundance of food threatens to destroy the town. With the help of weathergirl, Sam Sparks, Flint manages to disable the machine and save the town.

Although I liked the movie version, I enjoy the original account of the story which is told in the book. The movie is solid, with a somewhat complex plot that older kids would enjoy.

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