Win a signed copy of Gustavo the Shy Ghost: Winner of the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration

This winning debut picture book from Mexican artist Flavia Z Drago about finding the courage to make friends is perfect for the spooky season. You won't want to miss out.

Gustavo the Shy Ghost (Walker Books) tells the story of a little ghost who, despite being so shy that he is invisible to other monsters, eventually finds a way to make friends.

Don't just take our word for it when we say that it's adorable. After all, it's bagged the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize: an award that honours the most exciting newcomer to picture book illustration each year.

Author-illustrator Flavia Z Drago was born and raised in Mexico City and her book takes inspiration from the Day of the Dead celebrations, particularly in its bright pink and orange palette.

Look inside the book

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The book is a wonderful exploration of shyness, based on the author being a shy child herself. The judges loved the balance of fun and fright in the book, and we think you will too. It's the perfect book to curl up with this Halloween... and beyond!

Leave your details below and answer our competition question before the closing date of 11pm on Tuesday 19 October for a chance to win a signed book!

Win a signed copy of Gustavo the Shy Ghost

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1. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.

2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust.

4. Only one entry per person.

5. Entries must be submitted by 11pm on Tuesday 19 October 2021.

6. There will be five winners selected at random (from all eligible entries).

7. If a chosen winner does not respond to correspondence within one week, a new winner will be selected.

8. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

9. The prize will not be transferable to another person.

10. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

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14. Due to the coronavirus situation, the prize will be sent out only when the prize provider is able to safely return to their office. There may be a delay before a chosen winner receives their prize.

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