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Children's Fiction Death & Dying

My Best Friend

by (author) Gilles Tibo

illustrated by Janice Nadeau

Simply Read Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
Death & Dying, Friendship
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
k to 4
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
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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 young child—speaks to the shadow, offering it a drink of water. The child 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 young child, and Death.

Combining the poetic delicacy of author Gilles Tibo and the light touch of illustrator Janice Nadeau, My Best Friend tells a deeply moving, hopeful tale with moments that will bring a smile to readers' faces, and a story that will lodge in the depths of the heart and remain there for life.

About the authors



GILLES TIBO a écrit et illustré plus d’une centaine de livres pour enfants dont les populaires séries d’albums Simon et les livres mettant en vedette l’adorable Nicolas. Il a reçu plusieurs prix prestigieux dont deux prix du Gouverneur général. Gilles habite à Montréal.


Gilles Tibo
has written and illustrated more than a hundred children's books. He is a
two-time winner of the Governor General's Award and the Mr. Christie's Book
Award, and a two-time nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Prize. He
lives in Montreal, Quebec.


Gilles Tibo's profile page

Janice Nadeau studied graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal and illustration at the École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg (France) before working as an art director for various organizations. Over the years she has illustrated a number of books and is a three-time recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Illustration. Nadeau has an evocative, poetic and sophisticated style, which blends both retro and modern aesthetics. Her fine and intricate line work can be seen through her soft watercolours, whose multitude of details bring a rich touch to her compositions. Nadeau lives in Montréal, Québec, where she teaches illustration at the École de design of Université du Québec à Montréal. For more information, visit

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