Freddy the Frogcaster

Freddy the Frogcaster

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by Janice Dean

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In a very entertaining way, Janice Dean tells children about the value of hard work and honesty. A tremendous lesson for the kids that they will enjoy reading."
—Bill O’Reilly, anchor, Fox News Channel

"Even amphibians should follow their dreams, and Janice has written a charming, whimsical story that will appeal to the inner 'frog child' in all of us! I see sunny skies ahead for Freddy, the frogcaster."
—Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host, NBC Today’s Kathie Lee & Hoda

"For years, Janice Dean ‘The Weather Machine’ has been making meteorology fun for millions of Fox viewers. With Freddy the Frogcaster she does it again—only this time we get the fun, along with some valuable life lessons. Our whole family loved this book!"
—Megyn Kelly, host, Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File

Kirkus Reviews
A weather-loving frog finds a forecasting career in his future after he saves the town picnic. Freddy's loved weather from a very young age--his first word was "rain." He uses his backyard weather station to make predictions and checks them against the forecasts of Sally Croaker on the Frog News Network, and he is uncannily right. But when Sally goes on maternity leave, Freddy's forecasts no longer match those on TV--Polly Woggins, the new frogcaster, is frequently wrong in her predictions. Her popularity keeps her too busy to look for weather clues. So when the mayor needs an accurate forecast for the Leapfrog Picnic, he turns to Freddy, whose years of practice give him the confidence and knowledge to prepare the Frogatorium for a thunderstorm and be Polly's new assistant. While the story is lengthy and littered with exclamation points, Dean, a meteorologist herself, knows her stuff. Six pages of backmatter use easy vocabulary and explanations to introduce weather words, maps, instruments, types of clouds and the job of a meteorologist (though it's a shame this wasn't better incorporated into the text). Still, Freddy's confidence and enthusiasm are catching, and readers may find themselves keeping their own weather logs and browsing the publisher's website for directions on making weather-forecasting instruments (not seen). Cox's seemingly digital illustrations are bright and cheerful, and each frog has his or her own expressive face and personality. The forecast is for frequent checkouts for Freddy during weather-study units. (Picture book. 5-9)

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Regnery Publishing
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Freddy the Frogcaster Series
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6 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Known as “Janice Dean the Weather Machine,” Janice Dean has been predicting the weather on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since 2004. She is a trained meteorologist and she loves to share her scientific knowledge, and the inspiration that led to her passion for weather, with kids and adults alike. Before Fox, she had a long career working at various radio and TV stations as a DJ, anchor, and host.Russ Cox is an award-winning illustrator and animator, and founder of Smiling Otis Studio. His illustrations have won first-place in the Published, People's Choice, and Emerging Artist categories at the New England The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference. He lives in Maine with his wife, their four cats, and a banjo.

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Freddy the Frogcaster 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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MargieG More than 1 year ago
What a great first book by Janice Dean "The Weather Machine"! Freddy the Frogcaster is a delightful story of a young frog named Freddy who just loves to learn about and forecast the weather. Janice does a great job of telling a cute story while teaching youngsters about the weather. Children will love how Freddy gains his knowledge about forecasting the weather and how he uses that knowledge to save the day for the town's picnic. Mixed in with the story are meteorological terms that children will learn as they read. The glossary in the back is very informative to help explain the words in depth. The cast of characters in the book will make you smile: Sally Croaker, meteorologist for the Frog News Network and Mrs. Fibian, Freddy's teacher are two of my favorites. Not only is the story cute and humorous, it also teaches a lesson. Freddy helped the mayor and the town by warning of nasty weather that could disrupt the town's picnic and put the frogs in danger. What I liked is how the mayor trusted Freddy, even though he's a young frog. There are great lessons there. The illustrations are colorful and humorous and will keep a child's attention. With an entertaining story and wonderful illustrations, this is a must have book for children. Adults will enjoy it, too, as I have! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
• Nice, large, colorful artwork, maybe a bit exaggerated. Mentions early what weather clues to look for (barometric pressure, humidity, clouds), describes thunderstorm forming (cold air from the west + warm air from the south=thunderstorms)….CA WEST + WA SOUTH=TS Language is clear, simple, and concise. What I find interesting is the segment on Polly Woggins who let stardom interfere with her weather duties (some media people DO let this happen), while Freddy and Sally Croaker remained focused on meteorology. The glossary is nicely done, and I am glad that Janice included the weather map segment in the glossary. The message is quite clear: look for weather clues, keep notes, predict, AND issue warnings when bad weather is on the way. Perhaps the most important message here in dealing with the weather is…BE PREPARED!!! I would have included definitions of advisory, warning, and watch. I also would have mentioned how to use the weather vane (is the tip of the vane pointing in the direction that the wind is coming from OR going to?). This a nice starting point to get kids interested in meteorology. One important thing is that is shows Freddy’s parents took an interest in Freddy’s interest and encouraged, and helped him, go further with it. Lots of parents need to do that. Yes, I would agree that this book is for non-weather people too. It can be a simple primer for adults, but I still think that you should write something for adults, as well. I would definitely recommend this book. This book is an excellent job by the ever so delightful Janice Dean. This review was written by Salvatore Mauro.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent. informative. easy read. good buy for kids, family, friends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book on weather for kids. Probably about 5 and up. It was hard to keep a 2 year olds attention, but it was fun.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I have a first and third grader, who really enjoyed this story. The book cover said it is geared to K through 2nd grades, but the 8 year old also enjoyed the story. The beautifully, and brightly colored illustrations really drew them in. Also being boys, they love frogs, and here is one telling cute. Besides drawing them in with the really cute story, they learned a lot about the weather. We learn lessons of doing hard work, and honesty. We do have a happy ending here, which the boys loved...Freddy saved the day There are also some great weather facts in the back of the book, and found my 8 year old was very interested. He loved the information, with pictures on the different types of clouds. Very educational. I received this book from Regnery Publishing, Inc., and was not required to give a positive review.