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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

A ghostly sweet tale of courage and friendship.

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This sweet, colorful picture book tale about friendship and overcoming shyness includes familiar themes that even the youngest reader will relate to. Gustavo, the Shy Ghost includes engaging illustrations and large text to make the story easy to follow. Each page offers plenty of background details to enjoy and vivid illustrations depict a variety of unique little monsters, making this book a treat for little ghouls and goblins during the spooky season -- or any time of the year. Perfect for Halloween or the Day of the Dead, it's also a great year-round read to help kids understand that it's OK to be shy and that you can be an introverted person and still be a great friend.

Elements of Latinx culture are depicted in the decorated altars seen within the main character's home and at the cemetery. And although this book is also available in a Spanish version, I found myself wishing that both Spanish and English versions would have been included in the same book so families and children could enjoy and learn Latinx culture and language all in one place.

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