by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Candlewick, 2009. Unpaged. Picture Book.
"Poor Pierre! He lived all alone at the foot of a sky-high mountain, and ah, his heart, how it longed for a friend." So Pierre hops in his little red car and drives up the switchbacks of the very high mountain, tooting his horn and zooming around the hairpin curves. He almost hits a goat--who asks to ride along. He almost hits a sheep--who asks to ride along. He almost hits a bear--who asks to ride along. All these companions come in handy when Toot Toot Zut! his car runs out of steam near the summit, and they push him to the top. Then they all whiz down the mountain AAAAAHHHH, brakeless. They crash, they are stuck, and there are no potential friends to be found . . . . except the goat, the sheep and the bear. And they all live happily ever after.