Thursday, March 28, 2013

Putt Puff Puttedy Chuff!

Look who came to town...

Event: Loren Long Book Signing
Where: The Page & Palette (Fairhope, Alabama)
When: March 15, 2013


Loren Long has putt puff puttedy chuffed his way all over the bestseller lists with such titles as Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Drummer Boy, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, Toy Boat by Randall de Sève, Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna, and Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.

It was so exciting to meet him in person. I’ve been a huge fan of his work for years:

Loren is currently on tour to celebrate the release of his brand new picture book Otis and the Puppy. I picked up two signed copies and gave one of them to my grandson:

Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be "It," finding his friends as they hide. Yet 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, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There's just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek.

(March 13, 2013)

Check out the book trailer:

(This is my favorite in the series!)

I also snagged a copy of Otis and the Tornado:

Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long

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.

(Click here to read a previous post about this title.)

And I had to get this board book for my grandson:

Otis Loves to Play by Loren Long

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!

(It’s perfect for toddlers!)

And in the event you haven’t seen the original book in this popular series…

Here's a snapshot of mine:

Otis by Loren Long

On the farm, Otis is best of friends with the little calf, who lives in the next barn stall over. But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. It's Otis to the rescue! Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable story celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.

(September 22, 2009)

I wonder what Loren Long is plotting next for this lovable, huggable character. You can bet it will be another fun adventure on the farm!

The Page & Palette had lots of goodies in the children's department. I grabbed this Betty Bunny plush too:

(LOL! I'm such a big kid.)

I already had the picture book at home:

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael Kaplan
Illustrations by Stephane Jorisch

When Betty Bunny eats chocolate cake for the first time, she declares, "I am going to marry chocolate cake." She loves it so much that she takes a piece to school with her in her pocket and refuses to eat anything else. Mommy tells Betty that she has to eat healthy food first, and have patience because cake is for dessert, not pockets. But Betty doesn't want to have patience; she wants to have chocolate cake! In this hilarious and spot-on tribute to the chocolate lover (and picky eater) in all of us, a new kindred spirit to Olivia, Eloise, and Ladybug Girl makes her stand.

(Click here to learn more about this series.)

Too cute!

As you can see, I had a wonderful time in Fairhope, Alabama. Loren Long's book signing was a joy. He was so generous to take the time to chat with all of his adoring fans. If you’re interested in attending one of his events, click here for a list of dates.

And now...

I'm off to organize my bookshelves. Have a great weekend!

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