Otis and the Tornado (Hardcover)

Otis and the Tornado By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image

Otis and the Tornado (Hardcover)

By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)


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“Otis, Long's wonderfully plucky tractor, is back, in an adventure tale that is sadly timely. When the farm friends face a tornado heading their way, they must move swiftly to safety. But who will rescue the bully of the farmyard, the bull who has frightened them all but now cries in fear? Otis saves the day, and everyone learns that courage is different from strength, and that friends are more valuable than anything.”
— Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

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.
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

To learn more about Loren Long and his books, go to www.lorenlong.com

Product Details ISBN: 9780399254772
ISBN-10: 0399254773
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: September 6th, 2011
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: Otis