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Otis and the Tornado

Otis and the Tornado

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Otis and all his farm friends are enjoying a summer's day, but the bull has no interest in playing and stays in his pen. Suddenly the day turns frightening and stormy: it's a tornado Otis takes all of the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.

Author: Loren Long
Publisher: Philomel Books
Published: 09/06/2011
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 11.30h x 10.60w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780399254772
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.2
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 145506 / Otis and the Tornado

Award: Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Nominee
Award: Colorado Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award - Winner
Award: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 06/27/2011
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2011
Booklist 09/01/2011 pg. 128
School Library Journal 10/01/2011 pg. 112
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 11/01/2011
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2012 pg. 35 - 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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