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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

Written by Flavia Z. Drago

Illustrated by Flavia Z. Drago

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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost Synopsis

A story of friendship and courage - perfect for the spooky season or all year round! 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 visual humour, Flavia Z. Drago's vivid illustrations tell a sweet and offbeat story of belonging, bravery and friendship that is sure to be a treat for little ghouls and goblins everywhere.

Gustavo, the Shy Ghost Press Reviews

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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406386462
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Flavia Z. Drago
Illustrator: Flavia Z. Drago
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages

About Flavia Z. Drago

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 2018 Sebastian Walker Award. She loves colours, textures, and shapes and enjoys creating them with different materials and a bit of digital sorcery. She lives between the UK and Mexico. Find her online at, on Twitter as @Diafla and on Instagram as @flavia_zdrago.

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