A Boy And A Bear And A Boat by Dave Shelton (2012)Read about another book on the list.
Shelton’s profound and hugely entertaining tale of a boy and a bear sailing nowhere in particular is full of wonderful jokes and sarcastic asides, not to mention illustrations that you end up staring at for ridiculously long periods of time. We don’t know why the boy is running away, we don’t know why the bear is rowing a boat. And yet it all feels entirely rational and important and that if the boy didn’t have the bear to speak to, then he would have no one. From such simple needs, great friendships are made.
Also see Alex Hourston’s top ten unlikely friendships in literature and Sarah Salway's top ten books about unlikely friendships.