Gillian King-Cargile is director of Northern Illinois University's STEM Read program (stemread.com), which introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction. She holds a BA in film production and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University, and lives with her husband and daughter in DeKalb, Illinois. Kevin Krull holds a BFA in illustration from Northern Illinois University. His illustrations have appeared in Creative Quarterly and have been shown in the Chicago area. He loved to color when he was a kid, and obviously he never quite grew up-he lives in Westmont, Illinois, where he continues to draw and color all day long.
""The Toy and the Twister is a colorful adventure into the heart
of a tornado that will take the fear out of a terrifying situation
and help keep kids safe!"-Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere,
"Although the main story is a charming adventure, The Toy and the Twister is a deliberately crafted educational tool that parents can use to help their children understand how to prepare for hazardous weather, and what to do when caught in a dangerous storm. Highly recommended."-The Midwest Book Review
"This whimsical story about something most kids fear provides an important opportunity for children and parents to discuss and prepare for weather hazards."-Walker Ashley, Associate Professor of Meteorology, Northern Illinois University
"The characters are adorable and the story is creative. I see this book being useful for elementary schools and STEM education."-Evelyn Lorence, Head of Youth and Teen Services, Sycamore Public Library"