Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Giveaway

by Stefani on 4-January-2010

Good morning and Happy New Year everyone!

The young inventor in my house has been SO eagerly awaiting this week. His excitement is not because we are back to our regular school programming, though we are, not because we are the possessors of a whole new year, a whole new decade, a whole new beginning full of boundless possibility… oh no. He has been waiting for this week to come because of this:

Click image to view the trailer!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs comes out on DVD tomorrow, a fact that has him beside himself with glee. You can bet that the popcorn will be popping at my  house tomorrow night!

Really, there could not be a movie more suited to him… weird critters, his favorite food (spaghetti) whirling ’round the sky, constant action and a crazy cool machine. Perfect.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a sweet, family-friendly movie with some great messages. At the same time, it is just as silly and energetic as childhood itself. It is really such a wonderful movie – beautiful, witty and endearing. We all loved it.

And thank goodness! I have to say, I really held my breath when I heard that this movie was going to be made. It’s such an imaginative, smart little book, so I really hoped that the filmmakers would do it justice. I’m so happy to say that they really did a wonderful job taking this gem of a book to the big screen.

To celebrate that achievement, and tomorrow’s release of the DVD, the good folks at Sony have offered to let us give away a ratbird plush toy and a copy of the book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

If your little inventor/foodie would love to snuggle up and dream with this book and toy, just leave a comment below to be entered in our contest and they could be yours. I will choose a winner by random number generator tomorrow, January 5th, at 8PM central time.

Now, do  you really, REALLY want that book and plushy? Then do any or all of the following for extra entries. Just be sure to leave a SEPARATE comment, here on this post, telling us that you have completed each entry, okay?

1. Become a fan of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Facebook

2. Post about and link to this contest on Facebook. Nevermind… turns out you can’t talk about contests on Facebook. So watch your step sister, or else!

3. Post about and link to this contest on Twitter (click the button at the bottom of this post.

4. Post about and link to this contest on your blog.

5. And… this one is purely self serving… go to gravatar.com and create yourself an avatar to show up when you post comments here. I’m a little creeped out by all those faceless white zombie people in the comments section and would SO rather see your sweet faces! (Please know that it takes a few minutes for your avatar to show up after you’ve created it.)

Good luck, friends!

***** sorry, this contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Carly, who said, “I love, love, LOVE this book. It was always a favorite growing up. I am now starting my family… and family book collection, and this one is not yet on my shelves. Pretty please, I would LOVE a copy!”

Yay Carly! And thank you so much to everyone who played along with us. Thanks especially for taking the time to make your avatar. It is SO much nicer to see real people in the comments now!***

grace January 4, 2010 at 9:48 am

We LOVE this book but did not see the movie! Would love to win. Thanks.

Heather Apgar January 4, 2010 at 10:07 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE the book, and my kids are begging for this movie!!

gina January 4, 2010 at 10:08 am

we like winning things…so count us in!

Heather Apgar January 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

posted on Facebook 🙂

Heather Apgar January 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

Also became a fan… did you know there are about 5-6 pages for Cloudy… that you can become a fan of?? I just did one 🙂

Stefani January 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

I linked (above) to the one that I *think* is official. Whatever though, a fan’s a fan, right?

maren January 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

pick me!

Heather Apgar January 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

made myself a gravatar.. does it just show up?? I’m not a fan of those silouhette thingies either!

maren January 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

And I just did #5!

Carly January 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

I love, love, LOVE this book. It was always a favorite growing up. I am now starting my family… and family book collection, and this one is not yet on my shelves. Pretty please, I would LOVE a copy!

Carly January 4, 2010 at 10:23 am

I did #5 just for you!

Janice January 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

I grabbed a gravatar but don’t know if its showing up or not…..

Cassandra January 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

I’ve been eyeing this one, wondering if it’s good. I’m going to take your recommendation, mama, and run with it!

Jen January 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

Just an FYI that you should check out the rules about a contest involving anything having to do with posting stuff to Facebook. There are big penalties for it and I’d HATE hate hate for you to get caught up in the fine print. Here’s a summary: http://whyfacebook.com/2009/11/09/thinking-of-running-a-contest-on-facebook-think-again/

Stefani January 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

Goodness! I had no idea! Thanks so much for having my back!
It was so fun to meet you yesterday too. Hope to see more of you and those sweet little men of yours 🙂

Jen January 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Yes! I was so excited to meet you! I was wanting to comment about that above but red wet paint on little hands needed me immediately so I just hit submit.

Off to update the picture… thanks for pointing out that we could do that with gravatar.

Pam January 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Hi Stefani. I love it that I have a blog to read engineered by a mom with boys. I have two “sweetie loves” which is what I call them. I also call them string bean and butter bean. My oldest is definitely the inventor in our house and we saw the movie and would love to win the book. My little one loves the comedy of it all. I think I will surprise them with the movie tomorrow night.

Theryn January 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I have some kids who’d love this. Thanks for the opportunity.

Kristi January 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

We love the book and the movie! Would love to win this one!

Jody January 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I’d love to win this movie – thanks for hosting the contest!

Kristi January 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Bacame a fan on facebook!

Jen January 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

testing the gravatar bit… my previous comments haven’t updated it so …?

Jennifer January 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

We’d love to see this movie! I don’t know how we missed it when it was out at the theatres.

Jennifer January 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Just trying out the new avatar – let’s hope I don’t turn out blue 🙂

Becky January 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm

We’d love to win! I know my boys would love the movie. Thanks for going this.

Kelly January 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

We already have the book but I would love to win it for a dear friend of mine WHO’S NEVER EVEN READ IT! She took her kids to see the movie recently while it was at our local dollar theater but said she’s never read the book! It’s a childhood must-have I think! 🙂 I know my boys will be excited to watch this for our weekly pizza & movie night this Friday! Fun!

Kelly January 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Alright I became a FB fan and made an avatar. 🙂

Teri Z January 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Oh, this is one of my favorite childhood books! I’m going to have to get the movie.

Teri Z January 4, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I became a facebook friend!!!! (I already had an avatar- who knew? )

Sarah Jackson January 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I made an avatar just for you!

Happy new year, friend! It’s going to be a heck of a year, right?

Danyelle January 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

My three year old would love that movie!

Cayce January 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

This was one of my favorite childhood books and now I love reading it to my kids. I’d love for my oldest to see the movie. Glad to hear good reviews of it.

Cayce January 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

i have a face (avatar) 🙂

Elizabeth Thompson January 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Who-hooo – so excited about this. thanks for the giveaway!

Elizabeth Thompson January 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Just became a fan on Facebook. 🙂 cheers!

Caroline January 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

haven’t had a chance to see this yet, but I’d love to! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Kristin F. January 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

We would love to win this! My son and I saw the movie and we loved it! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Kristin F. January 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Okay, I created an avatar on gravatar!

Molly January 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Happy new blog! Looks like a cozy space. 🙂 xo

Kobey January 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm

We haven’t read the book but it sounds like fun!

robin (rsislancrafts) January 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I was so happy to hear this movie is coming out tomorrow! It looks like a great family movie. One that I won’t mind watching over, and over, and over again.

Diahn Ott January 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I heart meatballs.

robin (rsislancrafts) January 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Facebook fan 🙂

robin (rsislancrafts) January 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I’ve had a gravatar for awhile now. Those ghost people creep me out too.

Molly Hyde-Caroom January 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Hello,
We are entering if only to keep our email current with your great give aways!

One of my favorite books for my older son (now 20) and my younger 3 loved the book AND the movie. It would be well loved in our house!

Thanks for all you do!

Molly

stephanie from texas January 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

i am officially a fan on facebook….we love this story!

stephanie from texas January 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

there is a link on my blog now as well…..thanks for the give away

http://www.boninfarm.blogspot.com

Toni January 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

We wanted to see the movie but it left the theater before we could get to it. Am glad to hear it is on video! It will be my next rental!!

Beth January 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I have long LOVED this book – I remember using it during student teaching and I have loved reading it to my own kids. I just spent some time working on the avatar…. More technology than I usually do….. no facebook or cellphone or twitter…. Thanks.

Toni January 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I posted this contest with your link on my blog 😀

Toni January 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I should not be a white zombie anymore 😀

Toni January 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Now I am a fan on FB 😀 😀 :0)

Kari E January 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Fabulous!

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