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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Toot Toot Zoom (Picture Book)

Released June 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Poor Pierre is lonely. What the little fox needs is a friend, so he decides to jump in his red car and find one. Since he lives at the foot of a big mountain, Pierre will have to drive up and over the twisty road to see what he can find on the other side.

On his journey Pierre meets a friendly goat, bear and sheep that ask if they can hop in the car and join him. Of course he says, "Yes!" and soon the car is full of animals.

Unfortunately, on the way down the mountainside Pierre wrecks his car. He also discovers that no one lives on this side of the mountain. Poor Pierre. He still has no friends and he doesn't have a car either to get back home.

Then he suddenly realizes he does have some new friends - Bear, Sheep and Goat. And, even better, all three of his new friends offer to help Pierre build a new house and then live there with him. So it is mission accomplished but not exactly the way the little fox envisioned.

An excellent picture book for reading aloud, "Toot Toot Zoom!" will delight youngsters three years of age and older with its simple message about friendship and how to know if you have acquired a friend. Matthew Cordell's big, bold, colorful illustrations capture the rollicking journey
and show exactly how a friendship evolves.

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