Cover image for Otis and the scarecrow
Title:
Otis and the scarecrow
Author:
Long, Loren, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
When the farmer places a scarecrow in the cornfield, Otis the tractor and the farm animals try to make friends, but the scarecrow remains silent with a sour look on his face throughout the summer and fall.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 169536.
ISBN:
9780399163968
Format :
Book

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Summary

On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, the farmer has introduced someone new a scarecrow to shoo away the pesky crows. But when Otis and the animals greet the scarecrow with friendly smiles, the scarecrow's frown never leaves his face. So everyone leaves him alone. Then one day, when a cold autumn rain sets in, Otis and the animals snuggle close and play Otis's favorite game: the quiet game. Otis knows the puppy and ducks can't sit still for long, and soon the farm friends begin to giggle and squirm, feeling warmed by one another's friendship . . . but on this day, Otis can't seem to take his eyes off the lonely figure in the cornfield. A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of compassion and standing up for others, featuring everyone's favorite tractor, Otis. Praise for Otis: *** 'Long's gouache and pencil artwork is stunning. . . the satisfying conclusion that speaks of a place for everyone is sure to ring true to children.' Starred Review, School Library Journal (Otis)*** *** 'The illustrations wonderfully enhance the story, from the joy of the animals prancing around the Christmas tree to Otis' expressive responses to the events around him.' Starred Review, Booklist (An Otis Christmas)*** 'Hearkens to the golden age of picture books, with a style and tone that recall the work of Virginia Lee Burton and Munro Leaf.' Booklist (Otis and the Tornado) 'Fans of Otis will not be disappointed with the satisfying ending that results in a creative solution and a most happy reunion. Seek this out' ame on!'' Kirkus Reviews (Otis and the Puppy).


Author Notes

Loren Long received a BA in graphic design/art studio from the University of Kentucky and did graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator.

His first picture book, Angela Johnson's I Dream of Trains, won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration. He has illustrated numerous other works including The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna, Toy Boat by Randall DeSeve which won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award for Children's Picture Book, Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt, and the chapter book series Sluggers that he created with Phil Bildner. His version of Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer was a Golden Kite Honor Book. He has written and illustrated several books including Drummer Boy and the Otis series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Otis, the friendly little tractor, is happy when the farmer mounts a scarecrow in the cornfield one late summer day. Otis presumes the newcomer is a potential pal and is quite disappointed when the scarecrow appears to only be interested in doing his job, never smiling and never acknowledging Otis or his farm animal friends. No one wants to approach the new arrival who wears a perpetual frown, and so he spends all his time alone. One cold, rainy fall day, amiable Otis decides the scarecrow looks too desolate, and he quietly moves to include him in the warm circle of friends. Appealing gouache-and-pencil illustrations in muted green, brown, and tan, with accents of red and orange, feature Otis with his doe-eye headlights and sweet demeanor and reveal true compassion. Images at the front of the framed illustrations are in focus, while the backgrounds are hazy, giving the art a pleasant perspective. Readers will enjoy this sixth tale of an admirable leader who does the right thing with quiet confidence.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Otis the tractor's goodhearted nature continues to shine in his fifth picture book. The farmer has just placed a new scarecrow in the cornfield, and the "sour look" permanently stitched onto the scarecrow's burlap head says plenty about its perceived attitude. As the days pass, the silent scarecrow remains indifferent to Otis and the farm animals below. Eventually, Otis finds a way to bring the scarecrow into the fun he and the animals are having-or at least to bring the fun to him. Although Otis himself is entirely animate, Long leaves the scarecrow's sentience an open-ended question. As the book comes to a close, Otis "couldn't be sure, but he thought he might have seen the scarecrow smile." Readers will have to hazard their own guesses, as the scarecrow's face is turned away from them in the final pages. Ages 5-8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Otis is a friendly little tractor who lives on a farm. In the summer, the farmer adds a scarecrow to his cornfield. Always looking for a new friend, Otis tries unsuccessfully to engage the scarecrow, who just stares blankly out at the field with a permanent scowl on its face. The farm animals attempt to befriend the sour fellow with the same result. As the season begins to change, the crows no longer keep away from the scarecrow, who has otherwise remained alone. During an autumn, Otis and his friends surround the solitary scarecrow to ride out a storm, and though he never breaks his silence, they are convinced that he doesn't look so lonely anymore. Gouache and pencil illustrations capture the different seasons and characters' emotions. This quiet addition to the series uses the appealing familiar characters to address the notions of small kindnesses and compassion.-Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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