Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Spaghetti for Children's Book Day!
Updated: Aug 27
A lot of things influenced me to do "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" spaghetti for Children's Book Day: (1) what books I liked growing up, (2) what I had in my kitchen, and also (3) IG and Pinterest artists. :)
International Children's Book Day
"Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books."
I also ways liked reading growing up. I liked reading before this, but something that was a real catalyst was a library contest in 2nd grade where you won some prize for reading the most books over the summer. The first day, I read every book we had in the house and then I borrowed lots of books over the summer. I think I read 237 books, actually maybe a lot more, or something. Haha! :) I did end up winning. I think I got a certificate. My love of reading which started when I was a kid has helped me a lot and is really helpful to me learning different subjects. :)
I was pleasantly surprised to see that a book I liked growing up, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" was still popular. They have even made some sequels and movies.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
"Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett and Illustrated by Ron Barrett is a well known children's storybook. It has sold over three million copies since its publication in 1982. Children all over the world have become familiar with this book. It brings humor, fantasy, and imagination into classrooms throughout. Children have the chance to imagine what a town like Chewandswallow would be like to live in.
The book changes from reality to fantasy. It starts off as any other regular day, the family sitting down for breakfast, but turns into this magical world outside of that. This world, is unlike anything else. Food actually falls from the sky three times a day; for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The residents of Chewandswallow,a small town with extremely unusual weather patterns, carry their plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, and napkins because they never knew what kind of "weather" they were going to encounter."
I just pretty much used what I would normally use to make spaghetti & meatballs, but I plated it in a fun way and made really mini- mini-meatballs.
What I used:
- Angel Hair (technically, not spaghetti :) )
- Marinara sauce
- Ground beef
- Salt & pepper to taste
Since I was making mini- mini-meatballs, I didn't make a typical meatball mixture. I just shaped little ground beef meatballs ~1 cm big.
Then I made the pasta look like a cloud. I put a little marinara sauce in there. I also made marinara sauce "raindrops". :) And I placed the meatballs.
That's it! It was fun! And it didn't really take any more time than normal. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!