Cover image for My best friend / written by Gilles Tibo ; illustrated by Janice Nadeau.
Title:
My best friend / written by Gilles Tibo ; illustrated by Janice Nadeau.
ISBN:
9781772290226
Publication Information:
Vancouver : Simply Read Books, 2018.

©2007
Physical Description:
41 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in French in 2007 by Les Éditions Québec Amérique Inc, as Ma meilleure amie."
Abstract:
"Now translated into English from the original French, this book addresses the difficult subject of death for young readers aged 6 to 9. A mysterious shadow walks the corridors. It goes from room to room, and sometimes leaves with someone in its arms, taking them to the land of dreams. Until one day a patient at the hospital-a little boy-speaks to the shadow, offering it a drink of water. The boy is fearful at first, but as he gets to know the shadow through their conversations, he realizes that she has feelings of her own. So begins a great friendship between an unlikely pair: a little boy, and Death."--$cProvided by publisher.
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A mysterious shadow walks the corridors. It goes from room to room, and sometimes leaves with someone in its arms, taking them to the land of dreams. Until one day a patient at the hospital-a little boy-speaks to the shadow, offering it a drink of water. The boy is fearful at first, but as he gets to know the shadow through their conversations, he realises that she has feelings of her own. So begins a great friendship between an unlikely pair: a little boy, and Death.


Author Notes

Gilles Tibo was born in 1951 in Nicolet, Quebec. He was self taught and knew he wanted to be an illustrator at an early age. He began his career in the mid 70's, by creating comic strips, and in 1975 illustrating his first children's book. It was not until he published the picture-book edition of Edgar Allen Poe's poem, Annabel Lee in 1987, that his paintings rewarded him with international praise.

Tibo uses a medium called air-brush painting and adds detail later with colored pencils. The National Library in Quebec holds the original paintings for the first book in the Simon series, Simon and the Snowflakes.

Tibo has won many awards, including the 1989 14th Owl Prize (Japan's International Competition for Illustrators) for Simon and the Snowflakes, the 1992 Governor General's Literary Award/Children's Literature for best illustrations in a French book for Simon et la Ville de Carton and the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award/Children's Literature for best French text for Le Secret de Madame Lumbago. He was also a Canada Council fellow.

Tibo has created over 100 posters and screen prints for theatre and for different cultural events. His illustrations can also be seen on the covers of records, novels and magazines.

(Bowker Author Biography)