Pickles to Pittsburgh


Bibliographic Information: Barrett, J., & Barrett, R. (1997). Pickles to Pittsburgh: The Sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Brief Annotation: The day before Henry and Kate’s Grandpa returns from his vacation, Kate dreams of another life, a life filled with oversized food. In her dream, Kate and Henry explore the town of ChewandSwallow and discover that the townspeople ship the food to places all around the world for people who are need of food.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level:  1-3

Readers who will like this: Children who enjoy fantasy and adventure will love this book!

Rating/Response: 3 Pickles to Pittsburgh has a creative story line that is a fun and entertaining. I found it interesting that they took real life problems (poverty and hunger) and incorporated them into a story that children can understand.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What was your silliest dream?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (picture)

Rationale for Strategy: This book is a good free choice with a fun story and visuals that students will enjoy!

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson


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