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The faithful friend / Robert D. San Souci ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney.


The friendship of Clement and Hippolyte is tested when they encounter love, zombies, and danger on the island of Martinique. Brian Pinkney's distinctive illustrations evoke the mystery, magic and romance in Robert San Souci's retelling of this West Indian folktale. Pinkey's unique scratchboard style, enhanced by vivid oil colours, is a superb match for this atmospheric story. Changes in perspective underline the solidarity of the friendship between the main characters as they confront and ultimately overcome the dark forces of evil.


Caribbean Islands, Folktales, Martinique

Reading Levels

Ages 9 - 12 / Grades 3 - 7


  • Caldecott Medal (honor), 1996
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award (honor), 1996

Publication History

  • New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1995. [40] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN 0027861317