Book review: Otis and the scarecrow #bookaday

Otis and the scarecrow book coverby Loren Long
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 3.6
4 out of 5 stars

Otis is back in another sweet story about friendship. Here, Otis and his friends try to befriend the sour-looking scarecrow that the farmer puts up in the field. I love how all the characters in previous Otis books are back, and the illustrations are sweet and wonderful.

The ending of the book is left up in the air — we don’t really know if the scarecrow likes the attempt at friendship by Otis and friends — so readers have to be willing to speculate and be satisfied with the idea that it is always good to try to include people so they don’t feel left out. I was tempted to give the book 3 instead of 4 stars, but Otis is so wonderful that I always enjoy his stories, no matter what!

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