Otis and the Puppy: board book


The much-loved New York Times bestseller is now available for the youngest reader!

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek, but when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can't sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide one day, he finds his attention wandering along with his legs, and soon he is lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis knows his new friend, who is afraid of the dark, must be terrified all alone in the woods. So Otis, ...

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The much-loved New York Times bestseller is now available for the youngest reader!

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek, but when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can't sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide one day, he finds his attention wandering along with his legs, and soon he is lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis knows his new friend, who is afraid of the dark, must be terrified all alone in the woods. So Otis, the friend you can always count on, sets out to find the frightened pup.

Praise for Otis and the Puppy:
“[T]his earnest tractor's courage in the darkest hours makes him as reliable as Lassie or the Little Engine That Could.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“Otis will win readers' hearts.” —School Library Journal
Seek this out—‘game on!’” —Kirkus Reviews

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As one early reviewer noted, Otis is a farm tractor with a big heart. He's also very playful. In his latest outing, he and barnyard friends participate in an entertaining game of hide-and-seek. At first, all seems to go well, perhaps a bit too well because one little puppy, the latest addition to the menagerie, simply can't be found at all. As time passes and night falls, Otis goes in search of his frightened friend. Needless to say, his search ends happily. (P.S. The credits for author/artist Loren Long include Drummer Boy and Otis & The Tornado, but she is perhaps best known for her illustrator for Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing!)

Publishers Weekly
Otis, the doe-eyed tractor who befriended a lonesome calf and squared off against a tornado in his first two books, now takes an adorable puppy under his muffler. New to the farm, the long-eared pup is petrified to sleep alone in the dark: "With a chuff, Otis invited him into the barn, where the puppy curled up and fell fast asleep. From that night on, the puppy would slink from his doghouse into the barn with Otis, where he felt safe." But when the puppy wanders away and doesn't return by nightfall, Otis's protective instincts kick into high gear and he careens into the darkness, his headlight producing only a meager glow in the vast, rural night: "He circled and crisscrossed the forest, making sure to see every possible place a puppy could hide." Long's gouache and pencil illustrations in burnished metallic tones recall rustic, Depression-era farm life. By his third adventure, this earnest tractor's courage in the darkest hours makes him as reliable as Lassie or the Little Engine That Could. Ages 3–7. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
Otis, a diminutive and unusually sensitive tractor, befriended a lonesome calf in his eponymous 2009 debut. In this earnest sequel, Otis and his calf buddy join a cow, some ducks, and a horse "for a grand game of follow-the-leader," with Otis motoring along, "putt puff puttedy chuff." Despite his popularity among livestock, Otis avoids the farm's hulking, rust-red bull, which Long pictures looming across an entire spread. The hostile bull lowers his thick head and flares his nostrils, and his hooves trample daisies in a wry allusion to The Story of Ferdinand. One stormy day, Otis senses danger "deep down in his pipes" and sees a tornado dipping from a slate-gray cloud. Leading the animals to safety, he remembers the bull, still locked in his corral. Like Lassie on wheels, Otis chugs to the rescue (the famers have leapt for the root cellar, and the other animals lack the tractor's keen perception, not to mention self-sacrificing nature). Long's sepia-tinged, rolling croplands evoke Dust Bowl paintings and photos, and Otis's heroism is steeped in old-fashioned Americana, from 1930s picture books to 1960s TV dramas. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Otis is a farm tractor.. The farm animals are his friends and together they play follow-the-leader. One animal, a bull, will not join them. None of the animals get close to the bull because he snorts and glares at them. Not even Otis can get the unfriendly bull to join in the play. A terrible storm arrives and there is a tornado, moving toward the farm. The worried farmers dash quickly down into the cellar and leave the frightened animals locked in the barn. Otis frees the animals from the pens and they hurry to Mud Creek on the lower end of the farm where it is safer for them to wait out the twister. All the animals huddle together except the bull who was still locked in his pen. Otis rushes to rescue the frightened bull and all the farm animals wait for the tornado to pass. The illustrations clearly feature the characters by muting the background colors in shades of gray. This story would make a great addition with Burton's books like Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel or Katy and the Big Snow. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Otis the tractor loves the little farm where he lives. Once his work is complete he loves playing with his friends, the farm animals. Hide and seek is his favorite game. But Otis makes sure he is home every evening before dark. One evening the farmer presents a new animal to the menagerie, a little puppy. Puppy is scared of the dark, just like Otis. So they soon become friends as they share a sleeping spot in the barn together. But when Puppy becomes lost in the woods after dark, Otis must overcome his fear of the dark to help his friend find his way home. This is a delightful story that will entertain children while showing them the meaning of true friendship and overcoming fears. The illustrations are imaginative and fit perfectly with the story line. The book is perfect for reading to small children, but the words are simple enough for first gradersto be able to read on their own.. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this fourth installment about a big-eyed, hardworking tractor, it is spring, and there is a new puppy on the farm. After Otis rescues the whimpering pooch from the doghouse (and the dark) the first night, the two become fast friends. Painterly gouache and pencil illustrations have panoramic views, and stars and headlights shine through the dark of twilight and forest. And that is where the puppy gets lost one evening, after playing hide-and-seek. When the sun sets, and the search party gives up until dawn, Otis confronts his own fear of the dark and forges ahead amid spooky animal silhouettes and long shadows. As the two make their way home together, the night sounds are somehow no longer so frightening. Older readers will delight in Long's use of idioms, and younger children will appreciate the loyalty of a true friend and understand the terror, not of darkness, but of aloneness. Otis will win readers' hearts.—Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The tractor with the big heart is back in another adventure. Life on the farm is fairly peaceful, except for a menacing bull, which frightens both the tractor and the farm inhabitants. Otis and the animals keep their distance from him—until the day a storm arrives. The tractor knows "deep down in his pipes" that the approaching tempest is no ordinary storm, so working fast he helps his friends find cover in Mud Creek. But from that safe spot the group can hear the dreadful cry of the bull, locked in its pen and smack in the path of the speeding tornado. True to his nature, Otis rushes to the rescue and together they find shelter from the twister. Long offers readers a tender tale with exquisite artwork. The large, gouache-and-pencil illustrations feature unusual perspective and outlined forms with bold dashes of color that contrast with earth-tone backgrounds. The pictures have a retro quality that matches Otis's vintage perfectly. Children will be delighted with this story about friendship.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Lovable Otis the tractor is back for a third adventure, in which he overcomes his fear to help out a new canine friend. Otis and his animal buddies, including the calf and bull from previous titles, play hide-and-seek after working on the farm. With a "one-putt, two-puff, three-puttedy four-chuff," Otis begins his turn as "it," which he especially likes. One day, the farmer brings an adorable young pup to the farm, and he immediately wins the hearts of all with his wriggling and wagging and an abundance of wet kisses. But after night falls, the puppy whimpers when he is left alone in his very dark doghouse outside the barn. Otis invites him inside to sleep next to him, and a special friendship forms. The story takes a turn when the puppy, instead of hiding as he is supposed to, gets distracted. In this spread, Long separates the text from what he depicts in the classic-feeling illustrations in gouache and pencil. While the language describes Otis discovering his friends in their silly hiding places--bull is "behind a lone dandelion"--a series of spot images shows the pup following a butterfly until he becomes hopelessly lost in the dark forest. Long contrasts the bright daytime farm scenes with the deepest darks of night to heighten the drama, for Otis must first cope with his own fear of the dark before rescuing his friend. Fans of Otis will not be disappointed with the satisfying ending that results in a creative solution and a most happy reunion. Seek this out--"game on!" (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399171963
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/2/2014
  • Series: Otis Series , #3
  • Pages: 38
  • Sales rank: 258,856
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Loren Long has putt puff puttedy chuffed his way all over the bestseller lists with such titles as Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas, Drummer Boy, Toy Boat by Randall de Sève, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. He’s also had the opportunity to modernize the classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and had the distinct honor of illustrating Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Loren lives in Ohio with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons. You can visit Loren Long at www.OtisTheTractor.com and www.LorenLong.com. Follow @lorenlong

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