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‘Gustavo the Shy Ghost’ wins 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize

Flavia Z Drago has won the £5000 (A$9400) Klaus Flugge Prize for most promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration for Gustavo the Shy Ghost (Walker Books).

The book is about a little ghost who despite being so shy he is invisible to the other monsters eventually finds a way to make friends. Born and raised in Mexico City, Drago takes inspiration for the book from the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition, as well as other influences including horror films and books, and the music of the Smiths.

Gustavo the Shy Ghost is described by prize judge and winner of the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize Eva Eland as ‘a powerful and universal story’ that maintains a ‘light-heartedness and a playful touch that will speak to many little children’.

‘There is so much to admire and enjoy in Flavia’s book,’ said Eland. ‘From the carefully selected colour palette of muted tones combined with bright orange and pink, to the myriad little details in the illustrations and her endearing and fun characters. Flavia has great control of many different facets of illustration and storytelling, including pacing, colour and a strong sense of design. She also has great drawing skills.’

The Klaus Flugge Prize, named for the founder of UK children’s publisher Andersen Press, was launched by the press in 2016 to award picture books by debut illustrators. For more information about the prize, see the website.


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