Books by Judi Barrett

GRANDPA'S CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS COOKBOOK by Judi Barrett
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Keep handy for that gloomy day when a 'Spaghetti Twister with a Tomato Tornado' might blow in or as an amusing how-to title to help children discover the possible satisfying results that can come when following directions. (Cookbook. 5-8)"
Old and new fans of the classic tale of food delivered three times a day by the weather can tie on an apron, sharpen their culinary skills and dig in to 25 recipes inspired by the beloved book. Read full book review >
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 3 by Judi Barrett
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An extra helping for those readers who haven't had their fill of the general premise. (Picture book. 6-8)"
More edible precipitation—falling not on the town of Chewandswallow this time, but Mars, and timed to whet appetites for the second iteration of the film version of the franchise. Read full book review >
SANTA FROM CINCINNATI by Judi Barrett
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The droll, understated wit of the text and the delightfully comical, skillfully planned illustrations make this a story that will delight both children and adult readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's Santa Claus the prequel in this witty exploration of Santa's younger years. Read full book review >
THE MARSHMALLOW INCIDENT by Judi Barrett
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The overlong text never really gets past its vaguely Monty Python-esque premise, making it an insufficiently daffy, one-joke Lesson in Cooperation rather than the full-on goof-fest that made the Barretts' earlier book such a favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Timed to coincide with the release of the film of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, this unrelated tale from the Barretts is a wan fable about Getting Along, enlivened with a little pale silliness. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 4, 2008

"A final positive after the litany of 'nevers'—'Always go shopping with a pelican'—provides tidy closure to this latest distillation of good advice. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Nearly 40 years since Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970), Barrett is still dispensing similarly ageless wisdom—cautioning readers, here, against inviting ants to a picnic, shopping for shoes with a centipede, holding hands with a lobster and similar efforts to socialize with wild animals. Read full book review >
WHICH WITCH IS WHICH? by Judi Barrett
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A clever and fun book that will have kids learning without even knowing it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A rhyming seek and find makes this book a sure bet for a cozy read-aloud. Read full book review >
I KNEW TWO WHO SAID MOO by Judi Barrett
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"For children just learning to count, stick with old reliables, such as Keith Baker's Big Fat Hen (1994). (Picture book. 2-4)"
Barrett wrestles six to twelve words that rhyme with a number between one and ten into more or less (usually less) meaningful verses, each of which is computer-illustrated with a frenzied scene of countable objects and pop-eyed animals doing silly things. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT ARE MOST IN THE WORLD by Judi Barrett
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

Goofy superlatives are showcased in this book from Barrett, some clever, some slightly mawkish, all shaped by a particular brand of humor that will either work for readers or leave them flat. Read full book review >
PICKLES TO PITTSBURGH by Judi Barrett
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It takes over the story, leaving it without any momentum of its own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the creators of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1978) comes another bizarre food tale. Read full book review >