Freddy the Frog loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when the town picnic is almost ruined by a storm that catches the local frogcaster by surprise? Freddy has to step in to save the day! Well-known Fox News broadcast meteorologist Janice Dean pens this exciting and hilarious tale about an aspiring weathercaster who can’t keep his eyes off the sky. Children and adults will love the charming frog world Freddy lives in, and the fun science lessons he shares, with an activities section in the back.
About the Author
Janice Dean the Weather Machine is the senior meteorologist at Fox News and serves as the morning meteorologist on Fox and Friends. Janice grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and experienced harsh winter weather there. When she was young she had an interest in how meteorologists do their job to be able to warn people in advance of dangerous weather. But after college, as she began her broadcast career, it was initially in radio as a co-host, reporter and DJ in Ottawa. Janice also worked in radio in both Houston and New York City, including being the news editor and entertainment reporter for Imus in the Morning, which aired on WFAN-AM in New York and was simulcast nationally on MSNBC.
In 2004, Janice joined the Fox News Channel (FNC) as a “weather presenter” and began her education to become a broadcast meteorologist. Today, she is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and in 2009 was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval. During her tenure at FNC, she has covered major storms including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and the Moore, Okla., EF5 tornado in 2013.
About the Illustrator
Russ Cox was raised by a pack of crazed hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee. Without much in the way of modern conveniences, like a television set or running water, he spent his time drawing, whittling, and throwing dirt clods at my cousins. Having been born into a family with a flair for racing, he had hoped to be the next Bobby Allison or Richard Petty. But after dismantling his grandfather's lawn mower engine, and without a clue on how to get it back together, Russ soon realized that he did not have an automotive bone in his body. Back to the drawing board Russ went with his pencil and paper (and sometimes the barn wall), drawing for hours.
When not drawing, Russ would watch endless hours of monster movies, Warner Brothers cartoons, and reading comic books. Wyle E. Coyete and Daffy Duck provided him with new ways to torment his evil cousins. While in high school, Russ developed an interest in graphic design and a passion for music. Upon hearing this news, the school's automotive shop teacher threw a celebration party. After graduating high school, he got a degree at a local art school. With a portfolio in his hand, Russ ventured into the world of design and illustration where he worked for various design and advertising agencies until coming to his senses.
With Russ's wife giving him a swift kick-start in the rump, he opened his own studio, Smiling Otis Studio, where he presently specializes in illustration for the children's market and children's books. Russ also found time to teach various classes at Pennyslvania College of Art & Design for several years. Recently Russ and his wife packed up the wagon and headed to the wilderness of Maine where we have setup a homestead in Pittsfield. When not drawing, running amok in the snow, or training our four cats to yodel Slim Whitman's greatest hits, Russ enjoys some quiet time with his banjo while taking in the beauty of Maine.
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