New Release Books by LOREN LONG

LOREN LONG is the author of Otis and the Kittens (2019), There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake (2018), Otis Gives Thanks (2017), Little Tree (2015) and other 47 books.

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Otis and the Kittens

release date: Jun 11, 2019
Otis and the Kittens
Watch Get Rolling with Otis on Apple TV! The #1 New York Times bestselling artist Loren Long, presents Otis and the Kittens, a story of friendship and unlikely heroes, now in board book format! On the farm, it hasn''t rained in a long time. One hot afternoon, when Otis and his friends are resting beneath the shade of the apple tree, Otis spots something moving down in the valley--an orange tabby cat headed straight for the old barn. But then Otis sees something else that causes his engine to sputter . . . a swirl of smoke coming from the barn. A fire! As Otis races toward the fire with his friends in tow, he spots the tabby cat mewing in alarm. Otis rushes inside to discover the source of the cat''s worries--her little kittens are trapped inside! Will Otis and his friends be able to save the day? Told with a sense of play and devotion, this is a heartwarming tale that reminds readers that sometimes even those who we count on to help us need a little help themselves. From the creator of Otis, the illustrator of Love by Matt de la Peña and Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama, this sweet story that celebrates firefighters and heroes of all shapes and sizes is now available in board book format, perfect for the youngest of readers. Loren Long wrote this story as a tribute to the firefighters who, like Otis, rescue people every day with their strength and bravery. Of course, people who aren''t first responders should never go into a burning building for any reason. Reading this story to children is a great opportunity to discuss fire safety.

There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake

release date: Sep 25, 2018
There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake
Built for giggles and fun read-alouds, this classic children''s song has been adapted by #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of Love and Otis, Loren Long! "One to visit again and again..." --Publishers Weekly There''s a log on the bottom of the lake There''s a log on the bottom of the lake There''s a log? There''s a log! There''s a log on the bottom of the lake. But it turns out there''s a a whole lot more than just a log on the bottom of this lake! A cumulative text featuring repetition and tongue-twisters combine with gorgeous illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long for a book kids will clamor for at storytime. Endpapers include sheet music and lyrics for kids and parents to have their own singalong!

Otis Gives Thanks

release date: Sep 05, 2017
Otis Gives Thanks
Being thankful is a year-round blessing for Otis the tractor! Giving thanks makes Otis happy. He gives thanks for the land and country he loves. Otis is thankful for time to play games like hide-and-seek and ring-around-the-rosy. He cherishes his farm friends who make life on the ranch as happy as can be. And most of all, everyone''s favorite tractor is thankful for the greatest thing in life: love. Told with a sense of warmth, heart, and above all else, gratefulness, this is an uplifting tale that speaks to the soul of Otis'' character and reminds readers that taking the time to appreciate our lives is a virtue in itself. From the creator of the Otis series, and the illustrator of The Little Engine That Could and Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.

Little Tree

release date: Oct 27, 2015
Little Tree
For graduates, for their parents, for anyone facing change, here is a gorgeously illustrated and stunningly heartfelt ode to the challenges of growing up and letting go. A story of the seasons and stepping stones as poignant for parents as for their kids, from the creator of Otis the tractor and illustrator of Love by Matt de la Pena. "Long’s gentle but powerful story about a young tree who holds tight to his leaves, even as everyone else lets theirs drop, takes on nothing less than the pain and sorrow of growing up. . . . As in Long’s unaccountably profound books about Otis the tractor, a pure white background somehow adds to the depth."—The New York Times Book Review In the middle of a little forest, there lives a Little Tree who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is. Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree''s leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make. From #1 New York Times bestselling Loren Long comes a gorgeously-illustrated story that challenges each of us to have the courage to let go and to reach for the sun. Praise for Little Tree * "The illustrations are beautifully rendered . . . Understated and inviting, young readers will be entranced by Little Tree’s difficult but ultimately rewarding journey."—Booklist, starred review "Long’s gentle but powerful story about a young tree who holds tight to his leaves, even as everyone else lets theirs drop, takes on nothing less than the pain and sorrow of growing up. Season after season, Little Tree clings to his brown-leaved self until he can take a leap and shed his protection. He feels ‘the harsh cold of winter,’ but soon grows tall and green, and it’s not bad at all. As in Long’s unaccountably profound books about Otis the tractor, a pure white background somehow adds to the depth."—The New York Times Book Review * "[Long''s] willingness to take his time and even test the audience’s patience with his arboreal hero’s intransigence results in an ending that’s both a big relief and an authentic triumph. Long’s earnest-eloquent narrative voice and distilled, single-plane drawings, both reminiscent of an allegorical pageant, acknowledge the reality of the struggle while offering the promise of brighter days ahead."—Publishers Weekly, starred review "Long is sparing with the text, keeping it simple and beautifully descriptive. Brilliantly colored illustrations done in acrylic, ink, and pencil stand out on bright white pages, with Little Tree taking the center position in each double-page spread. Tender and gentle and altogether lovely."—Kirkus Reviews "Children will see the tree facing the scariness of change; adult readers may well feel wistful as the story underscores the need to let their babies grow toward independence. Beautiful. Grade: A"—Cleveland Plain Dealer

What Does Otis See?

release date: Oct 20, 2015
What Does Otis See?
Watch Get Rolling with Otis on Apple TV! Featuring the New York Times bestselling character Otis! Join Otis as he explores the many fun things there are to see on the farm! In this new leveled reader, Otis sees a puppy, a little calf, and even a bull. Kids will love learning to read with one of their favorite characters, Otis the tractor!

Otis and the Puppy

release date: Oct 02, 2014
Otis and the Puppy
The much-loved New York Times bestseller is now available for the youngest reader! Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek, but when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can''t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide one day, he finds his attention wandering along with his legs, and soon he is lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis knows his new friend, who is afraid of the dark, must be terrified all alone in the woods. So Otis, the friend you can always count on, sets out to find the frightened pup. Praise for Otis and the Puppy: “[T]his earnest tractor''s courage in the darkest hours makes him as reliable as Lassie or the Little Engine That Could.” —Publisher’s Weekly “Otis will win readers'' hearts.” —School Library Journal “Seek this out—‘game on!’” —Kirkus Reviews

Otis and the Tornado

release date: Sep 06, 2011
Otis and the Tornado
**Read by country music superstar Trace Adkins!** **The New York Times bestseller and companion to Otis, the official 2013 Jumpstart Read for the Record selection!** 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.

Blastin' the Blues

release date: Feb 22, 2011
Blastin' the Blues
The Travelin'' Nine are headed to St. Louis and New Orleans as they continue to raise money to pay off their big league debt!

Otis Loves to Play

release date: Sep 13, 2012
Otis Loves to Play
Featuring the New York Times bestselling character Otis! Children three and older will love this adorable board book, the perfect companion to Otis and Otis and the Tornado. In this new story, the beloved tractor loves to play with his friends--the calf, the cows, the horses, and of course, the ducks. Together, they jump, they play, they chase, and they march. And they always have fun--young readers will, too!

Otis and the Scarecrow

release date: Aug 28, 2014
Otis and the Scarecrow
FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING ILLUSTRATOR OF MATT DE LA PENA''S LOVE AND WATTY PIPER''S CLASSIC THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD 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 AND THE SCARECROW: "Otis the tractor’s goodhearted nature continues to shine in his fifth picture book." –Publishers Weekly “Readers will enjoy this sixth tale of an admirable leader who does the right thing with quiet confidence.” –Booklist “Teachers will see the connection between the lonely scarecrow and the outsider in the classroom and will be able to find many uses for this volume in the curriculum. Fans will enjoy this more cerebral Otis and might build a little empathy along the way.” –Kirkus Reviews “Loren Long creates a perfect book for the beginning of the school year with "Otis and the Scarecrow."--Examiner.com

Otis's Busy Day

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Otis's Busy Day
Otis the tractor is happy to go home and rest after a very busy day of working on the farm and playing with friends.

Home of the Brave

release date: Dec 11, 2012
Home of the Brave
In Blastin’the Blues, still fearing they are being followed and even more worried they have a traitor in their midst, the team travels to New Orleans, where the magic of their ball and the music of the city create one memorable game. But like always, trouble is right around the corner and the hits keep on coming for the Payne family and all of the Travelin’Nine! In Home of the Brave, after the rousing success in New Orleans, Griffith, Ruby, and Graham are determined to beat the Chancellor at his own game and save their family as well as the game of baseball. Pulling into their hometown of Baltimore, the Paynes are reunited with a familiar face, and the Travelin’Nine are tested on the field once again. Can they win without the help of their baseball? Prepare for fireworks in this final inning to the grand slam series, Sluggers!

An Otis Christmas

release date: Oct 22, 2013
An Otis Christmas
**Read by country music superstar Trace Adkins!** **The New York Times bestseller and companion to Otis, the official 2013 Jumpstart Read for the Record selection!** 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. How will they got Doc? 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 favorite tractor, Otis, the friend you can always count on. From the creator of OTIS, OTIS AND THE PUPPY, and the illustrator of THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD and OF THEE I SING by President Barack Obama. Praise for Otis: “Long’s gouache and pencil artwork is stunning with a red and cream main character against a sepia-toned monochromatic background. The overall effect is nostalgic and comforting as readers bond with the determined little tractor . . . the satisfying conclusion that speaks of a place for everyone is sure to ring true to children.” —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal, on Otis “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, on Otis and the Tornado “Children will be delighted with this story about friendship” —School Library Journal, on 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—“game on!” —Kirkus Reviews, on Otis and the Puppy

Great Balls of Fire

release date: Apr 14, 2009
Great Balls of Fire
In 1899, the trip to Chicago for Griffith, Ruby, and Graham becomes an adventure in itself after they realize their Uncle Owen has gone missing and the Chancellor has set his sights on the money the Travelin'' Nine have been trying to raise.

Water, Water Everywhere

release date: Apr 14, 2009
Water, Water Everywhere
In over their heads? THE YEAR IS 1899, and the Travelin'' Nine are barnstorming their way across the good ol'' U.S. of A., trying to raise money to pay off the Payne family''s big-league debt. Griffith has a run-in with the Chancellor and learns that the baseball isn''t the only item the infamous industrialist is after. Even more mysteriously, the Chancellor claims to have something that the Paynes want. And Ruby. Where in the world has she vanished to? Does her disappearance have anything to do with the Chancellor''s threats? Or is there some other plan in play? And finally, Graham makes a heartfelt birthday wish and somehow gets exactly what he asks for. But questions still remain: Was it real? Can it possibly be true? Or is it all just a dream? If they don''t watch out, Griffith, Ruby, Graham, and the Travelin'' Nine may find themselves in deep water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

Magic in the Outfield

release date: Feb 24, 2009
Magic in the Outfield
Griffith, Graham, and Ruby''s father passed away in the war. And now they must join their mother and their father''s wartime traveling baseball team, The Travelin'' Nine, on a tour of America to raise money. No one will tell the kids why the team needs money so badly. Their only clue is a baseball with a hole the size of an acorn in it that their Uncle Owen gave to them the night of their father''s funeral. They know very little about its significance except that their father made it with his own two hands and carried it with him throughout the war. And when all three kids hold the ball, strange things begin to happen...

Let's Doodle, Otis!

release date: Jan 08, 2015
Let's Doodle, Otis!
"Otis and his farmyard friends have all kinds of adventures, whether playing hide-and-seek or frolicking through the fields. Join them in this fun doodle book and use your imagination and creativity to finish the drawings, color the pages, and then decorate them with stickers!"--Page 4 of cover.

Let's Go, Otis!

release date: Aug 29, 2013
Let's Go, Otis!
Join Otis and all his farmyard friends for all kinds of fun in this new sticker activity book. Readers will love spotting the differences, making their way through mazes, creating doodles, finishing sticker puzzles and much more in this charming book. A must-have for all Otis fans!

An Otis Christmas 10 Copy Fd W/ Riser

release date: Oct 22, 2013

Drummer Boy

release date: Oct 02, 2008
Drummer Boy
A stunning holiday book by beloved Otis creator Loren Long In this charming Christmas story, a toy drummer boy embarks--accidentally--on a journey on which he plays his drum and warms the hearts of everyone he encounters, from a rat to a snowman. Set against a snowy landscape by the bestselling Loren Long, this is a perfect read for chilly winter evenings. Long brings this story of an unforgettable little drummer boy to vivid life with his timeless and magical art.

Otis and the Tornado 10c Fd W/Riser

release date: Sep 06, 2011
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