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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 Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
After a hard day at work, a friendly little tractor named Otis likes to wind down with a game of hide-and-seek with his barnyard friends. That group gets one member bigger the night a puppy comes to live at the farm. He’s a happy little guy, licking and playing and sleeping up a storm. But he whimpers upon nightfall. So begins the puppy’s habit of sleeping on Otis’ seat. When a game of hide-and-seek goes awry and the puppy ends up lost in the woods—shown as a page full of black behind the spooked pup—Otis must use his headlights to scour the forest for his frightened friend. Plot isn’t the point here—Otis finds the puppy, and that’s pretty much the end. What’s more valuable is the softly delivered example of true friendship and how it means not giving up on a pal. In sepia-toned illustrations, Long depicts Otis as a surprisingly agile machine with Thomas the Tank Engine–style features and other anthropomorphized attributes (His heart ached deep inside his engine). Simple but moving. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel KrausSee all Editorial Reviews
This is a very good book we recieved from Dolly Partons Imagination Library for needy kids and again the quality is very high Otis and the puppy is about a tractor and puppy new to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Blue Jacket
Such a cute book. The whole Otis series is great, lovely books to share with your children.Published 3 months ago by Julie P
Another cute book in the Otis series. 3 and 5 year old grandsons loved the story.Published 4 months ago by Jean J
You can pass this one up. The story is twaddle and the illustrations are not enjoyable at all. Children need to be given beautiful art & illustrations as much as they need good... Read morePublished 4 months ago by CactusTree
as a retired teacher and a grandmother of two little boys I am trying to maintain a collection of "Otis" books for them for keepsakes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by valerie a crofoot
The Otis books are beautifully illustrated and wonderful stories of friendship and courage.Published 8 months ago by margaret l. marinaroemmgsm.
My 3 1/2 year old absolutely LOVES the Otis books, and this one does not disappoint! Beautiful illustrations along with a beautiful story line. Thank you!Published 8 months ago by Kelly Burelsmith