Long, Loren Otis and the Kittens PICTURE BOOK Philomel Books, 2016. $17.99 Content: G.
Otis the tracker is out in the field working when he notices smoke coming from the barn. When he gets to the barn most of the animals have made it outside, except for a mamma cat and her kittens. Otis helps save the kittens, but in the process he falls through the wood slats in the barn and is trapped in the fire. With the help of the animals and the fire chief, Otis is rescued.
The pictures in the book are great with adorable animals and the cute likable Otis. The story line is full of action with the fire and the animals all pulling together to help everyone. My only concern about this story is that little kids would ever think it is okay to go back into a fire.
EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.