When there’s an emergency on the farm, can friendly tractor Otis save the day?
The farm hasn’t seen rain in a while, but there’s still plenty of work to do. Otis and the farmhands spend their days baling hay in the hot sun and loading it into the barn. Otis wants to rest, but his friend the bull wants to play tug of war. All the barnyard animals get into the game (though Otis is not particularly competitive, just enjoying his friends). Then they see a swirl of smoke in the sky. The barn’s on fire, and there's a distressed cat in the window. "With a putt puff puttedy chuff,” Otis rushes in. Otis carries the cat’s kittens to safety...but mama cat indicates one’s missing. He successfully rescues the last, but when the floor collapses, he’s trapped. The firefighters arrive and, because of the drought, decide to let the barn burn. Otis' animal friends take matters into their own hooves, bills, and paws and use their tug-of-war teamwork to rescue the little tractor. Long's seventh bucolic tale of an antique tractor with a smiling face and a good heart will please the little chuffer's many fans. The dynamic, fluid illustrations with a retro-rural vibe bring to mind Norman Rockwell's America with a Sunday comics spin. The theme of teamwork played out several times through the tale is communicated as simply as the tale itself.
Keep on puffin', Otis! (Picture book. 4-8)