Now for something completely different (LXIX)

07 Jan

“A Date With Judy” (1959, vol.69)

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At family breakfast, Grandfather flips a pancake and “something flew through the air headed toward the kitchen ceiling . . . and landed right on Henry. That night, touched off by the pancake incident at breakfast, Grandpa told us the best tall-tale bedtime story he’d ever told.”   So begins the tale of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.

In the tiny town of Chewandswallow where there are no food stores because all the food comes down from the sky at mealtimes instead of rain or snow.  To be prepared, everyone in the town carries their dishes, forks, spoons, and knives with them whenever they go outside.  Everything is fine in Chewandswallow until violent storms bring giant servings:  a huge pancake covers the school, giant meatballs damage homes, and the residents finally decide they have to leave.   With rafts of giant peanut butter sandwiches, they sail to a new land where they have to go to the store for food, but they never again have to worry about getting hit by a giant meatball.

I wonder what Judi Barrett ate before she dreamed up this story?


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