Read a note from Loren Long about Otis and the Scarecrow:

Otis and the Scarecrow is the fifth hardcover picture book about Otis the tractor.

This particular Otis story (Otis and the Scarecrow) speaks to the simple ability of a person (or in this case a tractor) to step outside of themselves enough to think about the emotions of someone else. Otis sees that something is not right in the scarecrow and he is willing to stand up and do something about it. This might be the most important act of all for this intrepid little tractor.

When I first wrote and illustrated Otis (Philomel, 2009), I never planned on making any more books about the same character. But something about Otis moved me in a way that took me back to my own childhood on the lap of my mother reading to me at afternoon nap time and bedtime. I believed in the authentic goodness of the character and was compelled to tell more stories about him.

As an artist, this has challenged me to continue the consistent spirit and essence of the character and the world he lives in throughout many different changing stories, situations and seasons.

It's been a gift to me, really.

I want the children to feel the art, not simply look at it. And it has been very gratifying to meet a young audience who know and feel Otis the tractor as well as I do.

Never count Otis out.

Otis the Tractor

Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins reads for Otis

Check out the enhanced eBook edition of Otis the Tractor, read by country music superstar Trace Adkins!

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Loren Long on Tour This Fall
Sept 20
Tuesday, September 20th
6:00 PM at Watermark Books & Café
4701 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67218
Sept 21
Wednesday, September 21st
4:30 PM at Woodneath Library Center
Mid-Continent Public Library
8900 N Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO 64157
Bookseller: Rainy Day Books
Sept 22-24
Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, September 24th
Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival
Bookseller: Concordia University Nebraska Bookstore
Seward, NE
Sept 25
Sunday, September 25th
2:00 PM at King’s English Bookshop
1511 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Sept 26
Monday, September 26th
4:30 PM at Bookworks
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Sept 28
Wednesday, September 28th
4:00 PM at Linden Tree Books
265 State St
Los Altos, CA 94022
Sept 29
Thursday, September 29th
4:00 PM at Copperfield’s
999 Grant Ave
Novato, CA 94945
Oct 1
Saturday, October 1st
2:00 PM at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Oct 2
Sunday, October 2nd
12:00 PM at Sparta Books
29 Theatre Center
Sparta, NJ 07871
Oct 4
Tuesday, October 4th
3:00 PM at Books & Books Grand Cayman
Camana Bay, 10 Market Street
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands KY1-9006