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- DescriptionThe must-have book for Groundhog Day?and the rest of the year! With pop-art illustrations, a tongue-in-cheek tone, and a riot of detail, kids learn all the important aspects of Groundhog Day. And where better to learn it than Groundhog Weather School! Professor Groundhog opens a school so groundhogs can learn to accurately forecast the weather each February. Following along with the amusing cast of students, kids are drawn in by the thoroughly engaging tale while they learn fun facts about different animals (groundhogs in particular), seasons, weather, and predicting the weather. With funny asides and a comic-style approach to the illustrations, this informational story presents a fresh look at Groundhog Day through the eyes of the animals who live it each year.
- Author BiographyThe reason I'm a children's book author/illustrator today is that I have a lot of determination. I practiced drawing and revised my stories over and over because I wanted nothing more than to do what I'm doing now--writing and illustrating children's books.I always knew I'd become an artist and studied art in college in Texas. After graduating from college, I became an Art Director at a graphic design firm. I moved from Texas to New York to work in children's publishing. I got a job as Associate Art Director in children's books at Scholastic, where I designed books and enjoyed working with editors and illustrators. This was excellent experience.I illustrated my first children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I had always written stories, but I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990's. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap) -- both published in 1997.Now I write and illustrate full time. It is a great job. When I think of a idea, I write it down so that whenever I finish one story I'll have a bunch of ideas waiting that I can begin working on next. I especially love reading and writing funny stories, weird stories, and animal stories.Books I've written and illustrated include: Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat Albert Whitman, 2001 (ages 4-8, picture book)Abby Cadabra, Super Speller, Grosset & Dunlap, 2000 (ages 6-8, easy reader)How to Find Lost Treasure in All Fifty States and Canada, Too Aladdin, 2000 (ages 8-12, NF)The Haunted States of America Aladdin, 2001 (ages 8-12, NF)Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, 2001 Grosset & Dunlap (ages 6-9, NF)Happy Monster Day! Scholastic,1999Pen Pals Grosset & Dunlap, 1997 (ages 6-8, easy reader)Ivy Green, Cootie Queen Troll, 1998 (ages 7-9)Red, Yellow, Green What Do Signs Mean? Scholastic, 1998 (ages 4-8)Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 1997 (ages 1-6)Eek-A-Boo! A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 2000 (ages 1-6)Books I've written include: I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly, Albert Whitman, 1999 (picture book)Light the Candles, A Hanukkah Lift the Flap Book, Puffin, 2000The Garden That We Grew Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)The Pizza That We Made Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)Scat Cats! Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)Backwards Day, Scholastic, 2000Why Do Dogs Bark? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)Why Do Cats Meow? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)The Spooky Sleepover, Grosset & Dunlap, 1999 (ages 6-8, easy reader)Pajama Party Grosset & Dunlap, 1998 (ages 4-7, easy reader)Space Dogs on Planet K-9 Troll, 1998 (ages 7-10)Books I've illustrated include: Breakout at the Bug Lab Dial, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)Hector's Hiccups Random House, 1999Shadows Everywhere Scholastic, 1999Hot Cha-Cha! Winslow PressNo Fair! Scholastic, Hello MathThe 100th Day of School ScholasticTen Little Ballerinas Grosset & DunlapI Love You Mom TrollI Love You Dad TrollMy First Book of Sign Language TrollAnswers to questions people sometimes ask me: 1. Where do you get your ideas?I get ideas many different ways. Sometimes, ideas just pop into my head. I also listen to and watch the people around me for ideas. I read to get ideas. I daydream to get ideas. When I get an idea, I write it down in an idea notebook, so I won't forget it. I think ideas are the easy part of writing. I get lots of ideas for books all the time. Developing them into a book with a beginning, middle and end is the difficult, time-consuming part. The idea is important, but an idea isn't a book until it has been developed into a story that works as a whole from start to finish.2. When and why did you decide to become an author and artist?I've been writing and reading stories all of my life. I didn't concentrate on writing children's books until around 1990. In 1991, I began regularly submitting manuscripts to publishers.I began writing because I had story
- Author(s)Joan Holub
- PublisherPutnam Publishing Group
- Date of Publication24/12/2009
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPutnam Publishing Group
- Content Notecolour illustrations
- Weight449 g
- Width252 mm
- Height287 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Illustrator(s)Kristin Sorra
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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