Toot Toot Zoom!

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A funny, fast, and noisy tale about finding friends where you least expect to is the perfect vehicle for reading aloud.

Poor Pierre! He lives all alone at the foot of a mountain, and his heart, how it longs for a friend. Perhaps if he hops in his car — toot, toot, zoom! — he will fi nd a friend on the other side of the mountain! On the road — SCREECH! — he meets Goat, who kindly offers to help. And that, says Pierre, is exactly the sort of thing his friend will do when he finds ...

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Overview

A funny, fast, and noisy tale about finding friends where you least expect to is the perfect vehicle for reading aloud.

Poor Pierre! He lives all alone at the foot of a mountain, and his heart, how it longs for a friend. Perhaps if he hops in his car — toot, toot, zoom! — he will fi nd a friend on the other side of the mountain! On the road — SCREECH! — he meets Goat, who kindly offers to help. And that, says Pierre, is exactly the sort of thing his friend will do when he finds him! Up, up they zoom, collecting an amiable Sheep and Bear along the way. Will the car make it to the top? Will it get safely down? Will Pierre ever find a friend? Phyllis Root’s wry, cumulative story revs readers up with BIG sound words, while Matthew Cordell's energetic illustrations and a fun, dynamic design keep them happily strapped in for the ride.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
In searching for friends, Pierre discovers that three suitable ones have been there all the time. Lonely living at the foot of a mountain; Pierre hops in his zippy red car to travel up and over the mountain to the other side in search of a friend. He bounces along honking his horn at every curve until he comes to a screeching halt because there is a goat in the middle of the road. Goat happily joins him on his quest for a friend. Twice more he is stopped by a sheep and a bear in the road and they too are anxious to join him. Once at the top of the mountain the little car makes a hair-raising ride down the mountainside that results in a terrible crash leaving the little car in pieces. Looking around Pierre realizes that no one lives on that side of the mountain and despairs of ever having a friend. Then he has his eureka moment when his three companions offer to live with him on this side of the mountain. Ah, friendship! This amusing story is just right for a story time share and children will happily shout out the "Toot Toot Zoom" refrain along the way. Creative touches such as having to turn the book vertically to journey up and down the mountain and the friends using pieces of the car to build their new home will keep readers engaged with the pictures. Watercolors outlined in ink have all the verve and energy of Pierre's road trip. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Pierre, a red fox, lives alone at the foot of a mountain. One day he drives off in his little red sports convertible, hoping to make a friend on the other side. Children must turn the book sideways to fully appreciate the spreads showing a "sky-high mountain" with a spiral road. They will love vocalizing "toot! toot! screech!" at each of the cumulative encounters Pierre has as Goat, Sheep, and Bear join in the quest. Although no one lives on the other side of the mountain, a satisfying conclusion marks several successful friendships. The quartet settle down together in a house that incorporates pieces of the car. A large font with generous spacing between the lines adds much to the book's pleasing design. The spirited cartoonlike illustrations are done in ink and watercolor. Front endpapers show Pierre driving alone; final endpapers picture him riding with his three new pals. Expect requests for repeated readings.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Pierre the fox lives a lonely life at the foot of a very high mountain. One day he jumps in his zippy red car hoping to find a friend on the other side. At each switchback he honks: "Toot! Toot! Zoom!" But listeners shouldn't get too carried away zooming, as Pierre frequently screeches to a halt, his way blocked-first by Goat, then Sheep and finally Bear. One after the other Mr. Gumpy-like, they pile into the little red car, hoping, like Pierre, to find a friend. When a horrendous crash wrecks their trusty vehicle, the animals offer to stay with Pierre on the other side of the mountain, which but for them, would be just as lonely as Pierre's side. Cordell's ink-and-watercolor illustrations effectively portray the seesawing emotions of the characters, and he often orients his spreads vertically to chart Pierre's progress up and down the needle-like mountain. While the car crash is played as slapstick, the house the four construct of the car's remains is a nice detail. Not a necessary purchase, but rounds out the friendship theme and has storytime potential. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406330793
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of more than thirty books for children, including LOOKING FOR A MOOSE, OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY, and the BOSTON GLOBE—HORN BOOK Award—winning BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD. She lives in Minneapolis.

Matthew Cordell has illustrated several books for children. This is his first book with Candlewick Press. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

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