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Flavia Drago

Flavia Drago is an illustrator with a broad portfolio covering branding, packaging, character development and children’s books. She is a recent graduate of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Flavia was born and raised in Mexico, and the influence of the traditions on the patterns, colours and artefacts can be seen in her debut children’s book Gustavo: The Shy Little Ghost. Flavia has been awarded the Klaus Flugge Prize for being the most exciting and promising newcomer in children’s book illustration.

About Gustavo: The Shy Ghost
With exquisite detail and humour, Flavia Z. Drago’s vivid illustrations tell a sweet and offbeat story of friendship and courage. “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. This 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…”