When you’re turning a picture book into a movie, you’ve got a unique problem. Lack of content. Normally, movies based on books have to decide what to cut. Picture book movies have to decide what to add. Herein lies the reason that, as the wonderful children’s lit blog A Fuse #8 Production put it, “there has never been … a successful adaptation of a picture book into a full-screen motion picture.” Agreed.
While Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs looks like it might be a lot of fun, it appears that if you’re looking for something closely resembling the book, you’ll have to keep on a-lookin’.
(Many thanks to EarlyWord for the link)