cover image Otis and the Kittens

Otis and the Kittens

Loren Long. Philomel, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-399-16398-2

Otis the tractor turns first responder when a barn fire imperils a family of kittens. Racing into the barn with a “putt putt puttedy chuff,” Otis saves the kittens in short order, but after he plunges through the burning floor, it’s up to the barn animals to become the rescuers. Long creates a powerful sense of suspense and danger as charcoal smoke gathers in the sky and bright flames lick the beams of the barn as Otis goes to work, but bravery, loyalty, and gritty determination are the real stars of the story—traits that Otis and his animal friends have in ample supply. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)