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A Little Ferry Tale

Illustrated by Chad Otis

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About The Book

In the spirit of The Little Engine That Could, this sweet picture book introduces Little Ferry, who yearns to be more like the faster or stronger boats in the harbor only to find out her uniqueness can be her strength.

Little Ferry feels like no one notices her. She isn’t strong like Tugboat or fast like Speedboat or graceful like Sailboat, the boats everyone loves to watch. But Little Ferry is special, too! She’s patient and careful and always on time. And when disaster flares on Wildlife Island, Little Ferry finds that her quiet traits are the very ones that will help her finally stand out and save the day.

About The Author

Photograph (c) Cathy Shoaf

Chad Otis has a BFA in design from the University of Washington School of Art. He’s been working with the likes of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Online for over twenty-five years as an animator, illustrator, and creative director. Chad lives in Boise, Idaho, and is also the illustrator of Cuddle Monkey and author-illustrator of A Little Ferry Tale.

About The Illustrator

Photograph (c) Cathy Shoaf

Chad Otis has a BFA in design from the University of Washington School of Art. He’s been working with the likes of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Online for over twenty-five years as an animator, illustrator, and creative director. Chad lives in Boise, Idaho, and is also the illustrator of Cuddle Monkey and author-illustrator of A Little Ferry Tale.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (August 2, 2022)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534487697
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD510L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

Otis’s (Cold Turkey) narration offers a subtle intensity, conveyed alongside layered watercolor-like digital spreads that balance cartoon anthropomorphism and action with ample color and texture. His use of blue is particularly noteworthy: from the lightest of sky-blue washes to the bay’s iridescent striations, the setting fully lives up to its description as “a place with more water than land.”

– Publishers Weekly, 6/20/2022

A nautical reminder that there is value in different strengths and skills.

– Kirkus Reviews, 5/15/2022

Awards and Honors

  • Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Nominee

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