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Celebrating 10 years of Otis From the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Love by Matt de la P na and The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, comes a special commemorative edition celebrating Otis' 10th Anniversary

Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farm and farmer. He particularly loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. The two become great friends, romping in the fields, leaping bales of hay, and playing ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.

But when the big yellow tractor comes to the farm and replaces Otis, he is cast away behind the barn. . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor--and it's not big or yellow--who saves the day. It's little Otis

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this charming and unforgettable story about everyone's favorite little tractor includes a letter from New York Times bestselling artist Loren Long and never-before-seen sketches.

Author: Loren Long
Publisher: Philomel Books
Published: 09/22/2009
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 11.20h x 10.70w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780399252488
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 132802 / Otis

Award: Virginia Readers Choice Award - Nominee
Award: Monarch Award - Nominee
Award: Charlotte Award - Nominee
Award: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - Recommended
Award: Ladybug Picture Book Award - Nominee
Award: Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award - Winner
Award: Buckaroo Book Award - Nominee
Award: Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award - Winner
Award: Texas 2x2 Reading List - Recommended
Award: Indies Choice Book Awards - Finalist

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Review - Children 07/15/2009
Publishers Weekly 08/17/2009 pg. 60
School Library Journal 09/01/2009 pg. 128
Booklist 09/01/2009 pg. 102
Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/02/2009 pg. 30
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2009
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2010 - Recommended, Satisfactory

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:


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

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