Snow, snow, and more snow. What’s a frog to do? Dean’s (Freddy the Frogcaster, 2013) irrepressible amphibian puts his weather-safety skills to good use in this snowy sequel.
After saving the town picnic from a big thunderstorm, Freddy has become known not only for his accurate weather predictions (he has his own “backyard weather station”), but also his disaster preparedness. After school, the cheerful amphibian has a “special job” at the local Frog News Network with broadcasters Sally Croaker and Polly Woggins. On a class field trip to the station, Freddy identifies a winter storm that will soon hit the town of Lilypad. While his friends rejoice in the future snow day, Freddy realizes that the storm will be serious: Lilypad is about to have a blizzard. Freddy is used to preparing for bad weather, so he thinks through everything he and his friends will need for the incoming storm. Freddy’s emergency blizzard kit includes a radio, first-aid kit, water, food, a flashlight, and blankets—and he makes sure that he packs one for Polly Woggins, who will be reporting live from the news van during the blizzard. As Freddy watches the broadcast and the snow comes down, the power goes out, and he has to wait until morning to find out whether his friend is safe and sound. Blizzard preparedness may not seem like an adventurous topic, but Dean keeps the pacing exactly right to create tension without scaring younger readers. Not only are they likely to become involved in the story, they may learn something valuable about blizzard preparation. Cox’s brightly colored illustrations of a variety of humanoid frogs (reminiscent of Muppets) capture the drama. The frequency and size of the images help break up the text, which varies from two sentences to four full paragraphs. Though the style of the story might appeal to very young readers, the content—especially in the helpful science notes included at the end—is more appropriate for a grade school audience.
A fitting sequel to Freddy’s original adventure, packed with facts accompanied by cheerful illustrations.