by Loren Long


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399252488
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Series: Otis Series , #1
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 82,499
Product dimensions: 11.26(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

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.

Long’s clients include Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Boy’s Life, Land’s End, Sports Illustrated and HBO. He has also illustrated book covers for numerous publishers and has recently concentrated on illustrating books for young readers where his work has garnered much recognition and praise.

Recent awards/accolades:


The United Nations chose to hang in their lobby Long’s painting of a firefighter in action, along with 21 other selections from the Prevailing Human Spirit Show at the Society of Illustrators.


Recipient of the Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration, presented by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for I Dream of Trains. The book was also selected as one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2003.


Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award.

Illustrates New York Times #1 best-seller, Mr. Peabody’s Apples

To learn more about Loren Long and his books, go to www.lorenlong.com

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Otis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
GrandpaInTexas More than 1 year ago
I live in Texas and my grandkids are in Minnesota. I send them a book every month. I go into B&N to see what i want, then send it online. My grandson is 6 and is crazy about this book. He takes it with him when he visits people to show them and have them read it. His mom helps out at his school class on Wednesdays and he had her bring it to read to his classmates. He thanks me for it every time I talk to him on the phone. The story is so cute and the pictures are fantastic.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
This is one of the books that I bought solely because I love, love, LOVE the artwork. Loren Long used a subdued color palette to create gorgeous, retro illustrations. Otis the tractor charmingly goofy (or goofily charming), and the calf from the back view looks almost exactly like my dog Sophie did when she was a puppy -- She's a fawn-colored Ridgeback and her ears used to stick almost straight out.  The story is timeless: Friends stick with you, friends help you out, friends make you feel special; so although this theme is used frequently in children's stories, I don't find it tired. And the story is well-told, and not overdone. This book is a must for any child interested in vintage vehicles from the '40s and '50s and appreciates a sweet story. Some of the renderings were accurate enough for my husband to identify them and he has restored two vintage cars and a truck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3.5 year old loves this book. The illustrations are great, the story is great. Certainly a book that is going on my gify giving list.
ekstewar on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Summary: This is the story of two unlikely friends, a tractor and a calf. Their frienship is in trouble when a newer, fancier tractor is introduced, but Otis and the calf's friendship is restored in the end by Otis' bravery. Genre: Picture BookPersonal Reflection: A cute story about the simple things in life and how important true friends are. I liked the style of illustration as well. Concept: A good story to talk about true friendship and that friendships go through ups and downs.
helenpeynado on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This is a fun little book about friendship. Cute art. My son really enjoyed how Otis circled the mud pond to save his dear friend.
kikione on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This is story about a tractor and a little calf that become friends on their farm. They are doing great until the farmer brings in a brand new tractor that sends Otis into obscurity. The little calf misses his friend and Otis is sad and dejected. Then one day, the calf gets into trouble and no one, not even the new tractor, can help him. No one but Otis, that is. The illustrations are strikingly beautiful. The colors are muted; black, white, gray and red. The new tractor is a bright yellow, overwhelming the page just like the tractor overwhelms Otis.
chelsiking on LibraryThing 4 days ago
A very cute story about a tractor & a little calf. Even though the little tractor gets replaced, the friendship between the machine & the little animal remains strong & in the end Otis, the tractor, saves the little calf. A great book for readers of all ages!
juju1220 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
A story about two friends who are on a family farm. In due time Otis the farm tractor is replaced with a new version. Otis is then black balled and is sent to the outer perimeter of the barn to rot and rust away. The friends then come encounter with each other when Otis is used to save the calf from the muddy pond. The illustrations with the story of two friends that miss one another and would do anything for one another. Otis then saves the day and plays an important role on the farm as a devoted strong piece of equipment and friend!
derbygirl on LibraryThing 4 days ago
(easy) Otis was a sweet little tractor that loved his farm and his farmer. He enjoyed all the simple pleasures his farm had to offer: jumping over haybales, counting ducks and playing in the corn fields. One day a little calf moves into the stall next to his and he discovers his putt putt helps the baby calf go to sleep. The two become fast friends. One day, the farmer brings in a bigger, shinier yellow tractor and moves Otis out. Can the calf and Otis' friendship survive? We find out towards the end that true friendship has enduring loyalty and can survive all obstacles. This story is good for teaching young ones loyalty and friendship. If you search Otis on the internet, the author has been kind enough to supply many worksheets suitable for classroom interactive use.
dreamer2000 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Very good book about an unlikely friendship. Good moral to the story and overall good rise and fall of the climax. Very good art.
alyson on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Very retro looking(Long says he was influenced by Virginia Burton and Robert Lawson) book. You can't not like this little tractor!
spartyliblover on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The illustrations in this book are adorable. Otis' story is a story of friendship with the pictures contributing and telling the story as much as the words. This book would be best for older toddlers who are able to sit through longer stories.
Bamulholland on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The illustrations in this book are adorable. Otis' story is a story of friendship with the pictures contributing and telling the story as much as the words. This book would be best for older toddlers who are able to sit through longer stories.
MsLangdon on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Part Bb/Picture BookLong, L. (2009). Otis. New York: Philomel Books.Otis is a friendly tractor that works on a farm. When he¿s not working, he¿s playing, and at night, he sleeps soundly in his stall in the barn. He develops a friendship with a little calf. Then one day, the farmer replaces Otis with a new yellow tractor. Otis is left, unused behind the barn until one day when only he can save the day. In story of friendship, young readers will certainly love and adore the characters of Otis and the little calf. Ages 4-8.
shomskie on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Otis is a fun loving and hard working tractor on a farm. One night, he helps settle the nerves of a young, frightened calf and helps the calf fall asleep. Although the thought of a machine and an animal being friends is peculiar, they soon become inseperable. That is until one day, the farmer brings home a shiny, brand new tractor. Otis is relegated to weed duty until his friend the calf needs his help to pull him out of a sinking mud puddle. Excellent art work and a compelling story.
NataliaLucia on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Personal Response: I found Otis to be a slightly boring story about two friends. However, I do think that children, especially those interested in cars and tractors, will enjoy it.Curricular Connection: Otis is read aloud to a Kindergarten class. After the story, the teacher asks the children how they think that Otis felt when the farmer parked him behind the barn. The class could discuss emotions, such as feeling sad, lonely, or left out. Students could share instances that they felt left out or sad.
ChelseaRose on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Otis is such a lovable little tractor! It is so sad when the farmer replaces him with a new tractor, leaving Otis to sleep outside. Nothing works as well without Otis, the hens don't lay as many eggs and the beautiful little calf is so sad. Even though Otis has been hurt, it doesn't stop him from coming to the rescue of his friend, proving his worth is equal to any new fangled version. I love the font used in this book, as well as the color scheme of greys and minimal color.
cshupp on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Cute story. I thought the emphasis on friendship regardless of what you are or what is going on in your life was endearing. I really liked this book.
kreierso on LibraryThing 4 days ago
A great story about friendship. The illustrations make this a wonderful read-aloud that will appeal to any child.
laurakurtz on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Otis is the story of a sweet little tractor who works hard and enjoys his job and his quiet life. He has a friend in a calf, and life is good. One day the farmer replaces him with a new tractor, and Otis falls into a deep depression. The only thing that saves him is when his friend gets stuck in teh mud pond. Otis is the only one who can save him, and when he does he remembers that life is good. He learns to deal with his dissapointment, and moves on. The illustrations in this book are soft and calm, and go with the overall pastoral theme.
szierdt on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Amazing illustration and tone that is set through imigary. A tale that explores the timelessness and simplicity of friendship. Also, illustrations and events are very true to rural/farm life. It would be nice to have children write a letter to a friend.
christieb on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This book is a great reminder that just because something is old, it loses its value. Would be useful in teaching children of all ages about the value of age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about friendship and how knowing someone well enough to help them not be scared when their in trouble. I love to read this story to my son. I also have otis and the tornado and enjoy that story as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story -- very classic! I quickly read it in the store and it almost brought a tear to my eye. I'm sure it will appeal to both boys (the tractors) and girls (the cute calf). it's beautifully drawn and I can't wait to read it to my son tonight!!