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Otis and the Tornado Hardcover – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Otis (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254772
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Loren Long: A Letter to Fans

Dear Reader,

I first drove an old tractor working on a Lexington, Kentucky horse farm for a summer job during my college years.

It was ancient and rusty but steady and dependable and still contributed to the farm.

I loved driving that old tractor.

I had no idea back then that I'd become a children's book author and illustrator someday...let alone write and illustrate my own story about a little tractor named Otis.

Those days back on the horse farm served as part of the inspiration for Otis, the little tractor who loves to work hard and play hard with his friends on the farm that he loves.

Otis and the Tornado is about friendship and loyalty. I hoped to create a character that children will revere as much as I did the books I loved when I was little. A character and a book that becomes a trusted friend, who loves to have fun and who is fiercely loyal, brave and trustworthy.

I had so much fun creating Otis that my publisher and I decided to do another Otis story, Otis and the Tornado. In this new Otis story you'll read how Otis encounters a storm but also how he handles a new character on the farm that is just plain mean.

Otis and the Tornado is about empathy and bravery.

I hope you'll share Otis with a little one in your life. And together you'll get to know a spunky little tractor who works hard and plays hard and always has time for another friend. I hope that new friend is you.

Putt-puff!

Loren

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:

2002

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.

2003

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.

2004

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


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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Wonderful story with beautiful illustrations.
Lee Ann Blazer
A beautiful story telling how Otis the tractor gets all the barn animals to safety during an approaching tornado.
Carolyn Olson
My daughter loves this book and I love reading it to her.
andy

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MIKE G on October 25, 2011
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I read Otis to my grandkids last weekend and what a Gem. Otis represents all that is good as he tries his best to accomodate all of the creatures on the farm. Mr bull will have nothing to do with the others as he holds court in his small kingdom, the field. All of a suddenl things take a turn for the worse and Otis, as all heros, makes sure the group is taken care of as he finds protection. However, the hated bull is found to be missing and Otis goes looking for him despite the danger. As often the case with "BULLIES", Mr. Bull is found trembeling and very much afraid of his own skin. Otis takes charge and despite the past takes the bull to safety. In the end, all is happy and the future seem bright. What a marvalous tale to tell the kids. It is much like Billy Whiskers, The Little Engine that Could and others,. Alls well that ends well!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on November 15, 2011
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I'll say right off the bat that I am a big fan of Otis. I fell in love with him the minute I read the first book. So much so that I ordered the stuffed toy. I like this book even better than first. The large, bright illustrations make this book perfect as a read-a-loud. The picture of the bull does a great job of emphasizing his bigness and grumpiness. The writing is clear and crisp and great for reading out-loud. I found it easy to change my tone of voice with the changing emotion of the story. The second graders I read this to enjoyed it also. In fact, one class that usually cannot be quiet for any length of time, became silent when I started reading this book. That to me is the best sign of a great book, when the students become so intently focused on the book. This book has the look and feel of a classic. I will note that some younger children may find the tornado frightening. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 29, 2011
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I was so excited to see that a second otis book was being released that i did pre-order it for my boys (4 and 2 1/2). This book is similar to the first - great story, amazing illustrations, cute/happy ending. My oldest is scared of thunderstorms and everytime there is a wind storm he asks if a tornado is coming (not quite sure why...) so i was a little nervous that this would be too scary for him...while he does show nervousness (partly due to the tone and inflection i tend to read the scary parts with) He slept fine and continues to ask to read the tornado otis book over and over. The general story line is that otis and all his friends are scared of the mean bull on the farm - they try to befriend him, but nothing doing...when the tornado comes otis leaves his safe place to go and help the bull still trapped in his pen...they both make it to safety, just in time, and the bull changes his ways and becomes a friend to otis and all the farm animals. Loren Long is a great author and would highly recommend both otis books!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andy on October 28, 2011
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My daughter is 2.5 but she enjoys books that have more words and more complex story line. I love my daughter asking thoughtful questions about the characters and the story. My daughter loves this book and I love reading it to her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By means23 on April 28, 2014
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Love the artwork and stories in the Otis books. At this point, I'm not sure if I'm getting them for my son... or myself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duana on April 22, 2014
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All if the Otis books are phenomenal! My son loves them all. We have read them countless times and will read them many more times this year. Thank you Loren Long!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Zook on April 16, 2014
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Third Otis book for this grandmother. Love the stories. Good lessons for kids. Great illustrations. Excellent bedtime story, not too long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kira Watts on April 11, 2014
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We have all the Otis books. My two year old and my grade one class love them! They are sweet stories of friendship.
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