An Otis Christmas by Loren Long
  

An Otis Christmas

Written by Loren Long
Illustrated by Loren Long

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Synopsis

An Otis Christmas by Loren Long

It's Christmas Eve on the farm where Otis and all of his friends live. The farmer has given Otis his first real Christmas present - a shiny new horn! A tree has been decorated, a big snowstorm is on its way, and all of the animals are excited. Best of all, one of the horses on the farm is about to give birth to a foal! Yet in the middle of the night the horse begins neighing in pain and when the farmer says, We'd better get Doc Baker out here or we'll lose 'em both, Otis knows the horse is in trouble. Snow has been falling hard for hours and the roads are unpassable. Otis to the rescue! He knows a shortcut through the woods and he arrives at the doc's house flashing his headlights and revving his engine. When Doc fails to awake, Otis uses his new horn. Then, with Doc in tow, he races back to the farm just in time for a Christmas miracle...and the arrival of a new friend to play with. A warm, feel good Christmas story featuring everyone's favourite tractor, Otis.

Reviews

The New York Times bestseller! * -Otis the Tractor returns in a Christmas story of courage and friendship set in a terrible snowstorm at the farm. When the mare's labor becomes difficult on Christmas Eve, a vet is needed--but the truck is stuck in a snowdrift. Otis makes a brave decision: He'll get Doc. Plowing through the woods on a rescue mission, he finds himself on a difficult path. Long's text conveys not just the danger, -treacherous, slippery, - but also Otis

, -putt puff puttedy chuff.- . . . The illustrations wonderfully enhance the story, from the joy of the animals prancing around the Christmas tree to Otis

, concern for his friend, determination to arrive at his destination. Highlighting the always-changing perspective, aerial scenes give readers a sense of the big, snowy picture. Long's palette reflects the coldness and heaviness of the snow, and then lightness as the farmer prays for a miracle. The view into the barn door, once all is well, is reminiscent of another barn birth, and the text reads, -Well, would you look at that!- That sums things up nicely.---Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Loren Long has putt puff puttedy chuffed his way all over the bestseller lists with such titles as Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, Drummer Boy, Toy Boat by Randall de Seve, and Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna. He's also had the opportunity to modernize the classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and had the distinct honor of illustrating Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Loren lives in Ohio with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
36 pages

Author

Loren Long
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Publisher

Philomel Books,U.S. an imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc

Publication date

11th October 2016

ISBN

9780399548116


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