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Otis Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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Recalling his own childhood love for some classic picture books, Loren Long pays homage to the work of Robert Lawson and Virginia Lee Burton in OTIS.
OTIS is the story of a boisterous and dependable little red tractor who (as was Mary Anne the steam shovel), is facing being replaced, and the young calf (visually reminiscent of the young Ferdinand) who comes to live at the farm and is comforted at night by the "soft putt puff puttedy chuff" that emanates from Otis's stall.
Young readers will readily recognize a whole series of positive emotions depicted on the face of Otis as he works, plays, sleeps, teaches the calf to do a "hand"stand, and sits contemplatively under the tree on the hill (total shades of Ferdinand) alongside his young friend. Then there are the equally-clear expressions of negative feelings that well up when the new-and-improved giant tractor suddenly invades Otis's farm.
Otis is unmercifully banished from his stall and consigned to a patch of weeds behind the barn. But when the calf accidentally gets herself stuck in Mud Pond (with an attendant cast of characters reminiscent of the crowd that observes Mary Anne digging the cellar for the new town hall), there is only one person...err...faithful friend and personified machine...who knows how to help the calf get herself unstuck.
As with the cover art, Loren Long's illustrations throughout the first part of OTIS are soothing, being dominated by gentle browns, creams, and the deep cherry red of the little tractor.Read more ›
In a sense, "Otis" is like this older book, and I couldn't help liking it for that reason, because Otis, the little red tractor, is supplanted by a Big Yellow tractor. That is, until he proves himself to loyal and true to his friends.
Comparisons aside, Loren Long has produced a charming book with fantastic artwork that is so sweet and funny that my children wanted to read it with me over and over again. As you can see from the cover Loren has done most of the drawings in a monochrome, which is spiced up with splashes of color. That effect simply adds to the charm.
"Otis" is sure to please most children: toddler thru 7 or 8 year old.
o Accelerated Reading -- generic "2"
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews
At night he would putt putt putt himself into the barn and fall fast asleep in his stall. One night there was a bit of unexpected company. It was a frightened little calf who was determined to bawl the night away. Otis's "soft putt puff puttedy chuff" slowly calmed the calf and she "drifted off to sleep." Zzzzzz! Soon they were fast friends and you didn't see one without the other until one day Otis himself was put out to pasture when he was replaced with a newfangled yellow tractor. They were both lonesome without the other because a yellow tractor split them apart. On one warm day the little calf ambled on down to the Mud Pond to cool off, but when she "waded into the muddy water," she got mired in the muck. No one, including the fire truck nor the yellow tractor could save her. What would become of Otis's best friend?
I loved the story of Otis and the little calf, a story of an unlikely friendship if there ever once was, except perhaps that one of Bella and Tarra. We all have unlikely friendships or things that we value and children can easily relate to this fact.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book especially for tractor lovers like us. A wonderful story with amazing illustrations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nishanth Thanu
grandson loved this book so much, when he thought that he lost it, he burst out in tears. Great illustrations.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sam Altomere
this is one of the best kiddo books out there. I had received one as a gift for my daughter. and I have been hooked ever since. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs.
Otis is an excellent book for ages pre-school through grade 3. The story will engage both boys and girls, and the illustrations capture the action and tone of the tale.Published 4 months ago by E. W.
I just met Otis this holiday season and got this book for a little friend who loves Thomas the Train Engine! There are other books where Otis goes on farm adventures. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mary by the Sea
We love Otis around here. The series is really quality and the characters are endearing.Published 6 months ago by Hal
You really can't go wrong with Otis! Especially if you have little ones who like tractors and farm animals. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maria Hester