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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

Flavia Z. Drago Flavia Z. Drago



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Walker Books
06 October 2021
THE WINNER OF THE KLAUS FLUGGE PRIZE 2021 A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A great story about making friends by being yourself and the illustrations are a constant visual delight Malorie Blackman Gustavo is a ghost. He is good at doing all sorts of paranormal things, like walking through walls, making objects fly and glowing in the dark. And he loves playing beautiful music on his violin. But Gustavo also has a problem. He is SHY. Which means some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye-scream or talking to the other monsters. But Gustavo longs to be a part of something, he longs to be seen. More than anything, he wants to make a friend. So, plucking up all his courage, he sends a very special letter: Dear Monsters, I would like to invite you to my violin concert at the Day of the Dead party...

With exquisite detail and humour, Flavia Z. Drago's vivid illustrations tell a sweet and offbeat story of friendship and courage.
By:   Flavia Z. Drago
Illustrated by:   Flavia Z. Drago
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 290mm,  Width: 250mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781406398502
ISBN 10:   1406398500
Pages:   40
Publication Date:   06 October 2021
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 6 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Flavia Z. Drago was born and raised in Mexico City. As a child, she wanted to be a mermaid. When that didn't happen, she began her career as a graphic designer and a children's book illustrator. She has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art and was shortlisted for the Sebastian Walker Award. She lives between the UK and Mexico. Find her online at, on Twitter as @Diafla and on Instagram as @flavia_zdrago.

Reviews for Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

A great story about making friends by being yourself and the illustrations are a constant visual delight. * Malorie Blackman * This story deftly weaves themes of inclusion, friendship and being true to yourself with striking artwork inspired by the author/illustrator's upbringing in Mexico City. * Mini Travellers Blog *

  • Winner of Klaus Flugge Prize 2020 (UK)

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