Gustavo the Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago

Good morning, ghouls! ? The twins are helping me tell you about a wonderful new picture book that’s perfect for spooky season: Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago. This very sweet story follows Gustavo, who is VERY shy and very good at not being seen. But Gustavo loves playing the violin & wants to play for everyone. What’s a shy ghost to do?

The story is incredibly sweet, and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I could also relate SO MUCH to Gustavo’s story, having been painfully shy as a child. I got over it as I grew up and started doing performing arts (theater, choir, orchestra) — so much like Gustavo, performing for an audience helped me be seen & feel comfortable being seen.

Gustavo the Shy Ghost is available now. If you want a sweet, kid-friendly story to share for Halloween and/or Dia de los Muertos, this book is PERFECT. And it’s also a great book to read during Latinx Heritage Month, going on now through October 15th.

Here is the official synopsis:

Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin. But Gustavo is shy, and some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye scream or making friends with other monsters. Whenever he tries getting close to them, he realizes they just can’t see him. Now that the Day of the Dead is fast approaching, what can he do to make them notice him and to share with them something he loves? With fancifully detailed artwork and visual humor, debut picture-book creator Flavia Z. Drago’s vivid illustrations tell a sweet and gently offbeat story of loneliness, bravery, and friendship that is sure to be a treat for little ghouls and goblins everywhere.

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