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New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children's classic. Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Philomel (first published January 1st 2009)
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4.5 STARS. I so wanted to love this book and think maybe I placed my expectations too high since I'd been desperately wanting to read it ever since I saw it in a bookstore before Christmas. In the end, by the time I read my library copy, I really, really liked it but it lacked that extra "something" to make it really a standout in my mind. Even so, I highly recommend it! Long's inspiration is from classic children's books such as The Story of Ferdinand and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (whi...more
Probably the most beautiful and well-written picture of the decade, hands down. Loren Long has brought back the wistful joy of children's books from long ago, in the style of Virginia Lee Burton. This enchanting tale of friendship between a calf and a small red tractor touches your heart, as you feel yourself transported to another time where no one was in a rush, and you could take in the beauty of nature around you at your leisure. Otis the Tractor traipses through the fields with his friend t...more
Cute illustrations can't save a too long book with too many plots.
The tractor and the cow are friends! Oh no, here comes a new tractor! Oh, the farmer wants to put the cow in the beauty contest! Oh no, the cow is caught in the mud! The cow is afraid of new tractor! Old tractor saves cow! Cow doesn't need beauty contest! Blah, blah, blah. Who is this book for, exactly?

Too many ideas muddle what could have been a sweet little title.
A sweet story about the comfort an old, caring tractor brings to a lonely calf and the friendship that blooms between them. This seems like such a classic story and the illustrations had a timeless feel to them that I simply loved! The text was fairly predictable, but the story was told with warmth and tenderness (in both words and illustrations) and I couldn't help but be touched by the story.
Cheryl in CC NV
Aww... gotta love the steampunk-style illustrations. But it is actually about a little tractor that saves the day. Cute, but not, imo, all that special.
Jan 22, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens
This is a wonderful story about a little tractor who finds a way to be relevant, even after being replaced by a bigger, shinier, and newer tractor. The illustrations are great and complement the story very nicely. We read the next book, Otis and the Tornado first, and then discovered this one. We really enjoyed reading both of them and would like to read more about this plucky little tractor.
Otis is a special tractor who loves his farm and farmer. He specifically loves the little calf in the next stall of the barn. Otis and the calf become great friends who play together. One day, a big yellow tractor comes to replace Otis and Otis has to live outside behind the barn. Otis does not like sleeping outside. One day, the farmer was going to show off his calf at the county fair, but the little calf gets stuck in a mud pond. The farmer gets worried and asks the other farmers to help get h...more
Diane S.
Otis Took part in the We Give Books read a thon this afternoon. Everyone, everywhere read Otis with the hopes of breaking a record which I do not yet know the results.
Did love this story though of a little tractor and a little calf who become best friends. Love the message that sometimes things, in this case a tractor, cannot be replaced by the new and more modern, because it has benefits all it's own. Will buy this book for my tractor loving three year old grandson, Jake.
Ms. B
I am embarrassed to say that I did not read this book thoroughly until recently. I gave it to my then three-year-old nephew as a Christmas present along with the stuffed tractor as a birthday present two years ago. It quickly became his favorite book. Not a huge surprise as he is growing up on a farm and loves all things farm-related. Plus, our whole family loves red tractors. We're International Harvester people. And, I already knew Loren Long as a talented author and illustrator

When I saw it t...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I found Otis to be rather boring despite having some nice features such as quality of the illustrations and a nice story line. The illustrations are dark and somewhat somber with colours usually reserved for the main characters. They
Annie Bastian
This book was on the Golden Sower Nominee 2011-2012 list. This book is geared toward prek- 2nd grade children. The main characters in the story are a tractor and a calf, so younger children will find the characters to be more believable.
Cute story for kids who can't get enough of tractor stories. This would make a nice alternative for parents who are sick of the endless line of Thomas the Tank Engine books.
Very sweet story of a tractor who befriends a calf. Sweet illustrations.
a little cute tractor who happens to be not like any other.
I kind of expected my nephew to like Otis more than he did. He frequently enjoys a story that is kind of nostalgic in feel (see The Little Auto, Cowboy Small, The Poky Little Puppy, Caps for Sale). When we finished Otis, though, he said, "I did not like that one." When I asked him why, he said, "Well, the pictures were too... weird." He also seemed to a have a little trouble keeping track of what was going on in the story, which surprised me. I thought that it was fairly straightforward, and kin...more
Matthew Rosin
The first book that took wing between my son and I was Loren Long's Otis, a beautiful story about the loyalty that binds a red tractor (Otis) and a young calf. Long has written and illustrated several Otis volumes, and illustrated many other children's books besides.

My son and I started reading the board book edition of Otis when he was about 6 months old. I can't say for sure why this book captured my son's imagination as it did at that age. But I think the story's emotional range had a lot to...more
Julia Martin
Take a quick trip back to the days of farming when you meet the cute litte red tractor named Otis. He's happy to work hard all day with his farmer. After the work is done, Otis loves to zoom around the farm doing stunts. (Now you've grabbed the attention of the male listeners!) In the evening, Otis returns to his stall in the barn where he enjoys being all alone. One night the farmer brings a bawling calf into the barn where she is comforted by Otis's soft "putt puff puttedy chuff." Their friend...more
Gregory Walters
Set a toy tractor in a preschool or kindergarten room and many a boy will drop his plastic dinosaur to take the vehicle for a joyride.


A few collisions may ensue, but the tractor (and its casualties—a mix of dolls, Matchbox cars and, yes, plastic dinosaurs) quickly recover. Cats have nine lives. Tractors and plastic dinosaurs? Nine thousand.

Illustrator Loren Long (Mr. Peabody's Apples) has taken the driver's seat, handling the writing and the pictures in his endea...more
Otis the tractor has a charmed life on the farm, working hard but still playing at the end of the day -- leapfrogging hay bales and playing ring around the rosy with the ducks. His steady putt puff puttedy chuff sound comforts the new little calf in the barn and the two become friends. But when the farmer gets a shiny new big yellow tractor, there seems to be no place for Otis anymore. When the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond though, the big tractor only scares her. Otis saves the day and the...more
I enjoyed reading this book about Otis the tractor and his friend calf who play together around the farm. The illustrations are so different from any book that I have ever read, which make it so unique. I would reccommend this book to children who can relate to farms, or children ages 3-6 whose parents could read them this story, and older children grades 1-2.

From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Otis is a fun-loving tractor who roams the fields after a hard day's work and...more
Pamela "I'm Overbooked" Tee
"Otis" reminds me of a childhood favorite of mine. One of the first books I think I owned that I could read myself. That book was "Little Black a Pony" by Walter Farley (of "Black Stallion" fame). Farley's book told the story of a friendship between a boy and his pony. A close friendship that was interrupted when a big red horse came into the picture. The boy was intrigued by the bigger horse, but as it turns out old friendships are not to be easily forgotten, and Little Black saves the boys lif...more
Whole And
A delightful and touching story of Otis, the small helpful tractor who puffs puffs about his day working happily with his farmer.

A calf arrives at the farm and is immediately soothed in the barn at night by the tractor's "putt puff puttedy chuff" while the cal is missing it's mother. The calf and the tractor Otis become the best of friends.

A new bigger and better tractor has Otis out of work, gets parked behind the farm unable to see anything and loses his will to play. The calf loses its dear f...more
Laura Simon
Otis is a red little tractor that takes care of his farm alongside his farmer. Otis loved to work, but he also enjoyed playing and relaxing under the tree whenever he got a chance. Every night he slept in the barn that he had all to himself. One day the farmer brought a new calf to sleep with Otis in the barn. The calf followed Otis everywhere. Pretty soon Otis and the calf were the best of friends and loved each other. The farmer got a brand new tractor one day and put Otis behind the barn. On...more
J Marsano
Why is it that a dominant theme in children's literature is abandonment? Love, abandonment, and rescue are what this biggish board book trades in, and thickly.

Otis is a friendly tractor. He makes friends with a young calf. Otis gets replaced by a heartless farmer who wants a big, serious tractor who scares the calf. Young calf goes a-wandering and gets in trouble. Quick, who can save the calf? No one but Otis, the plucky tractor who proves that love and friendship can never be obsolete...urgh......more
"Otis" is a primary book that is an example of the modern fantasy fiction genre. The book is about an old tractor that gets replaced by a new tractor, but finds friendship with the farmer's calf. The tractor ends up finding purpose by being friends with the calf. The pre-reading strategy that I would use with this book is Shared Reading. With this strategy, children are able to read through the story with the rest of the class for better understanding. In addition, as I read the story aloud, I w...more
Otis is an energetic little tractor. He works hard in the fields all day, then plays in the evening before settling beneath a tree to watch the farm. It's a pretty good life, all right. When the farmer brings in a frightened baby calf, Otis' calm putt puff eases her fears and helps her to sleep. Otis and the calf develop a true friendship in the next few weeks, and life on the farm is truly wonderful. Until...

One day the farmer brings home a brand new, big, yellow tractor. Otis is moved out of...more
Summary: In Otis we meet a tractor named Otis who loves his work on his farm and loves playing when he is done for the day even more. Otis makes a friend in a young calf who sleeps with him in the barn. They have even more fun playing together. Then a the farmer buys new, huge, yellow tractor to replace Otis, who is soon forgotten except by his friend who misses him. What will happen to their friendship now?

Review: The pictures by Loren Long are absolutely gorgeous. The black and white colors wi...more
Otis is a small tractor that likes his job on the farm. The one thing he likes more is spending time with his new friend, the new little calf. The new little calf really likes to spend time with Otis. They become great friends until the farmer buys a new big, yellow tractor. Then Otis is forgotten about…Until the little calf needs him, and no one else can help him except for his old friend. It is then that the farmer also realizes the true value of Otis.
This is a fun read. I would recommend this...more
Eva Leger
This tractor is pretty cute in an odd sort of way. I really, really like the illustrations. They make me wish I could be more creative.
The story itself is quite simple, Otis, the tractor bonds with a calf and the the pair are unseperable. One day a new, fancy tractor arrived and Otis was hung out to dry.
The poor little calk missed Otis terribly, he missed him because Otis was so saddened by the new tractors arrival and his being forced out that he just sat there, day in and day out, doing noth...more
Jan 21, 2012 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Kids K-3
Recommended to Jess by: Monarch
The friendship of a tractor and a calf.

Long writes that he was influences heavily by Virgina Lee Burton. Cool. It's a visible homage -- the replacement of an old, lovable working thing for shinny new one, rolling and warm illustration backgrounds, a sweet friendship tale at the heart of the story, etc -- and one I fully support.

The illustrations are lovely. I'm a big fan. Also, story where a putt puff tractor and a calf sometimes they just sit under an apple tree and look out at the fields? Aww...more
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