Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett (Atheneum, $2.95. Ages 3-7). A zany tall-tale about a town called Chewandswallow, where the weather brings food at regular intervals -- three times a day. Sometimes it rains meatballs, other times fried chicken or hamburgers, mashed potatoes, or peas. But when the weather takes a turn for the worse, Chewandswallow finds it has too much of a good thing. Food literally inundates the town, and the townsfolk must flee. They do so in boats constructed of huge sandwiches which have rained down. The tale is cleverly told, and illustrated with enough wit to entertain any child who loves a humorous fantasy.
The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Naomi Lewis, illustrated by Errol Le Cain (Puffin, $2.95). This haunting fairy tale is about the crucial importance of love -- that quality which ultimately frees little Kay from his thralldom in the Snow Queen's castle. Errol Le Cain's illustrations are very fine indeed, reinforcing in the most colorful way, the marked contrasts between the lively and earthy, the cold and loveless.
No Flying in the House, by Betty Brock, illustrated by Wallace Tripp (Harper Trophy, $2.95. Ages 8-12). Betty Brock's story and Wallace Tripp's illustrations work well together in this light-hearted story of a little lost girl Annabel and her three-inch tall dog Gloria who come to live with a wealthy dowager, Mrs. Vancourt. Many strange experiences and adventures befall them at the Vancourt mansion before Annabel is miraculously reunited with her parents.
Notes for Another Life, by Sue Ellen Bridgers (Bantam, $2.25. Ages 11-up). The author of Home Before Dark in this novel describes the summer of two teen-agers whose mother has divorced their emotionally unstable father. The children deal with their extraordinary domestic problems, as well as the ordinary heartaches of late adolescence, with the help of their music-loving grandmother.