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Otis and the Puppy Hardcover – March 12, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Otis (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254697
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From 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 Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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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 Kraus

More About the Author

I have always been a huge fan of the the American School painters of the 1920s and '30s and I was particularly inspired by Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. I am also drawn to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) muralists. Many of these artists were from the Midwest, like me, and I felt a connection to them. They were storytellers.

That's what I like to do - tell stories. When I plan out the illustrations for a book, I pretend I'm making a movie. The words are like a screenplay and I'm choosing which scenes to bring to life.

Before THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD I never viewed myself as someone who would paint trains with eyeballs and cute little purple elephants. I began realizing who my audience is: little children who would actually be holding one of my books. I thought hard about the books I loved from my own childhood. THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD was always one of my favorites, as was THE POKY LITTLE PUPPY, THE STORY OF FERDINAND and Virginia Lee Burton's books. I began thinking about creating books that, like these, might someday become a child's favorite. This is where the idea for OTIS started.

I approach both writing and illustrating enthusiastically. If I'm going to illustrate a manuscript that someone else has written, it's got to be something that I love. I have to love a story enough to do it and make it mine. I hope that doesn't sound overly egotistical. But I feel that the book becomes as much mine as the author's, and as much the author's as mine.

For about a dozen years after getting out of school, I did illustrations for greeting cards, theater posters and magazines. But you never meet your audience when you do a picture for a magazine and it's not really the product - you're just decorating the product. In book publishing, on the other hand, the book is the product. After illustrating my first book, I knew I loved children's publishing right away. I discovered that people cared - teachers, librarians, booksellers and kids. And I got to meet my audience.

This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I'm honored that several books that I've illustrated have received awards. Angela Johnson's I DREAM OF TRAINS won the Society of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration. TOY BOAT by Randall DeSeve was awarded the 2007 Publisher's Weekly Cuffie Award for Favorite Picture Book of the Year and the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award for Children's Picture Book. Walt Whitman's WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN'D ASTRONOMER was a Golden Kite Honor Book and also won the 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award. I've also received two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators.

I live in Cincinnati with my wife and two boys, and two Weimaraners. If you'd like to learn more about my books, you can visit me at www.lorenlong.com.

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My 3 year old love this book!
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I love the illustrations--great color and wonderful story!
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The Otis books are very interesting to children.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the 3rd Otis book, but you need not have read the others. It is a big enough book that it can fit on 2 laps. It has nice illustrations, with simple details and colours. There is not too much print on each page, so that young readers get tired of listening or frustrated before they can turn the page.
Two year olds would like to have the story read to them; 7 year olds can probably read most of it by themselves.

It is good to present farm stories to children who have not been on a farm and even nicer to have a story mentioning being afraid of the dark and it's okay, but you can be brave too.
It is a story of friendship and kindness between Otis, the tractor and the new puppy on the farm. It's a pleasant story that even older folks can enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Kunkel on May 9, 2013
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Otis has been a favorite in our household ever since the first book came out. I think I have read them hundreds of times much to the delight of my little ones. They did not react well to Otis and the Puppy. In fact, they did not sit mesmorized as with the two earlier books. This story is repetitive and it adds no sense of excitement as did Otis and the Tornedo. We won't give up on this author but I hope the next book is an improvement.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kurtis Scaletta on March 18, 2013
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I love reading the Otis books to my son, and I think this is the best one yet -- the pictures are great, as always, and the story is similar to the first Otis and Otis and the Tornado, but this the most fun to read aloud; there's a good feeling for the sounds of the words to match the mood in each scene. The pacing is perfect and keeps even a very young, squirmy kid glued to his seat.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on March 13, 2013
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I fell in love with Otis the tractor after reading the first book. And I've loved the sequels equally well. This is such a sweet story about friendship and facing one's fears for the sake of someone else. Both Otis and his friend, the puppy, are afraid of the dark, but when the puppy gets lost, Otis must face his fear or leave his friend alone in the dark all night. I also loved the idea at the end that those things we fear aren't so scary when we face them with those we love. The story is beautifully written and would be great for sharing. The large size makes it especially appropriate for sharing with larger groups. The illustrations are gorgeous. It's amazing how much expression that Long gives his characters, especially Otis and the puppy. The large beautiful illustrations clearly show the tender relationship between Otis and his friends and especially between Otis and the puppy. My favorite picture shows the puppy asleep with his head resting on Otis's front tire. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis Baca on February 3, 2014
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Ms. Long captured our heart with this book. Our 4-year old grandson loves all the books about Otis and his farm friends
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren LeBlanc on January 22, 2014
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Love all the books in this series. I would recommend them. My grandson is 7 and he loves them. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BP on January 10, 2014
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Another wonderful Otis story by Loren Long. Puppy and Otis share a bond of being afraid of the dark, which in the end leads them to being brave. Love Loren Long's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon O on December 30, 2013
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My little ones love these Otis books as they have a great story line and have great images for them to follow along with,
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