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Otis

Written & illustrated by Loren Long
Part of the Otis Book Series
Published by Philomel
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5.13 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
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$17.99
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Jan 1, 2009
Publication Date
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Pages
3-5
Target Age

What's Otis About

Publisher Summary

Meet Otis, everyone’s favorite tractor, created by the bestselling illustrator of Love by Matt de la Pena and The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children’s classic. Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.

But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day.

In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.

What Kind of Book is Otis

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Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
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4.5 / 7.0

This is a sweet little story with a refreshingly unique premise and characters. Kids will have fun exploring the idea of a tractor as the main character, but the plot goes beyond the character as a premise–not only is Otis a tractor, but he’s a tractor who has a story arc! The illustrations have a distinctive style as well. All these components come together to create a book that is original and memorable. It wasn’t a total home run for me, but it was cute and something I wouldn’t mind reading aloud from time to time.

Grammy
English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
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5.75 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Otis

author & illustrator
Loren Long

Loren Long grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation Long worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator.Since then, Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid WPA painting style. He has been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and has been frequently selected for their annual exhibition and book. His work has also appeared in many other major annual exhibitions such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, Step By Step Graphics and Print.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780399252488
Publication Date:
January 1, 2009
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2008050020
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
276514927
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0399252487
Lexile® Level:
AD580L
Scholastic Level:
L
ATOS® Book Level:
4.0
Accelerated Reader® Points:
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
132802
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

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