It was ancient and rusty but steady and dependable and still contributed to the farm.
let alone write and illustrate my own story about a little tractor named Otis.
Those days back on the horse farm served as part of the inspiration for Otis, the little tractor who loves to work hard and play hard with his friends on the farm that he loves.
Otis and the Tornado is about friendship and loyalty. A character and a book that becomes a trusted friend, who loves to have fun and who is fiercely loyal, brave and trustworthy.
In this new Otis story you'll read how Otis encounters a storm but also how he handles a new character on the farm that is just plain mean.
Otis and the Tornado is about empathy and bravery.
And together you'll get to know a spunky little tractor who works hard and plays hard and always has time for another friend.
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: 2002 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.2003Recipient 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, 2003.2004 Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award.Illustrates New York Times #1 best-seller, Mr. Peabody's ApplesTo learn more about Loren Long and his books, go to www.lorenlong.com