One night, the farmer introduces the farm family to a new addition: a puppy. They eagerly soak up the sweet kisses that the pup is more than happy to provide. Excited and exhausted, the team heads for the barn to call it a night.
Suddenly, Otis is awakened by a terrible sound. It's the puppy! He soon discovers that the cuddly canine is afraid of the dark and would much rather sleep inside the barn with him than in the wooden dog house.
The pair become fast friends. Otis even teaches the pooch to play hide-and-seek. During one such game, Otis has the honor of being "it." He manages to find everyone...except the puppy. Will Otis and the farm animals be able to track down the hound?
I absolutely love this book! The story is full of heart. Young and old alike will be able to relate to the theme of losing something that you love. I was reminded about the time that my blind and deaf Dachshund escaped our fence and wandered across the street to the local daycare. My world felt like it was crashing down around me in the brief five minutes that she was gone.
Long's illustrations are absolutely stunning. Every page is truly a feast for the eyes. From gorgeous rural pastures to nighttime scenes in the forest, I was captivated from start to finish. He effortlessly brings the scenery and characters to life.
This is a wonderful story for readers ages 3-7 and for anyone who loves beautiful artwork.