This week on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour, host Joshua David Stein is talking children’s books, and not just any children’s book, but none other than the beloved “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. Talking to the duo via phone, Joshua asks how they concocted such a crazy tale and how it came to become one of the most iconic children’s stories of all time. Judi divulges the method of her writing and how she randomly came up with the book’s opening line. Ron goes on to say how he intended for the illustrations to seem realistic and plausible, as opposed to overly cartoonish, in order to create a certain feeling around the story. Joshua chats with the duo about their creative process surrounding the book as well as the evolution of children’s books before welcoming his son, Achilles, to the show as the adorable musical guest. Tune in for a great episode. This program was brought to you by the Tabard Inn.


“For some reason I thought of the line that said, ‘Henry walked outside and got hit in the head with a meatball.’ I don’t know what made me think of it!” [5:10]

Judi Barrett on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour

“It’s like telling a joke with a straight face: I wanted to make everything seem plausible, that you could really see the gristle and the fat on the steaks in the sky.” [7:02]

Ron Barrett on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour