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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.
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.
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
I bought this for my 6 year old grandson who for some reason has a high interest in tornadoes. He just loved this book and couldn't put it down.Published 3 months ago by Karen S. Crist
My 5 year old grandson is presently obsessed with tornadoes and this book engaged him completely. Not particularly a book person he did become enthralled with the charms of this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elayne
I bought this as a birthday gift for my 4 year old nephew. The qualitiy of the book is excellent.
When I buy a gift for a small child, I want to make sure it clearly... Read more
This was a great addition to the Otis series. Would be wonderful for teaching theme! My 5 year old son loved this book.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cute story, colorful, lively illustrations. Our great grandson had several Otis books, and loved them, so I got two more for his birthday. Great selection!Published 7 months ago by nonteck gal
My children (ages 6 and 3) love the Otis books, but this one in particular resonates with them (I'm partial to Otis and the Puppy). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs C.
Enjoyable reading--even for someone very frightened of tornados. Another nice addition to the children's book collection 1920's to the present.Published 8 months ago by Lynn L
Our 3 year old grandson likes tractors. This is third Otis book that he has heard. He will sit on my lap and follow the story as I read it to him. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Ohlrich