The Faithful Friend

The Faithful Friend

By Robert D. San Souci; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780027861310, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 1995


A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.

On the lush tropical island of Martinique live Clement and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose marriage. But when Pauline accepts Clement’s proposal, it enrages her uncle Monsieur Zabocat—reputed to be a quimboiseur, a wizard. To prevent the wedding, the old wizard lures Hippolyte into a deadly trap, forcing him to choose between his friend’s safety and his own.

About the Author
Robert San Souci is the award-winning author of many picture books based on folk tales from around the world, including "The Talking Eggs, Kate Shelley, Haunted Houses", and the bestselling "Short & Shivery" series. A native Californian, he lived in San Francisco.

BRIAN PINKNEY is a celebrated picture-book illustrator who has won two Caldecott Honors. His many professional tributes also include the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors. He has collaborated with his wife, author Andrea Davis Pinkney, on several picture books including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra and Sleeping Cutie. The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.