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All the Way to Havana

All the Way to Havana

Margarita Engle; illustrations by Mike Curato

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



So we purr, cara cara, and we glide, taka taka, and we zoom, zoom, ZOOM!
Together, a boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba, in their old family car. Along the way, they experience the sights and sounds of the streets—neighbors talking, musicians performing, and beautiful, colorful cars putt-putting and bumpety-bumping along. In the end, though, it’s their old car, Cara Cara, that the boy loves best. A joyful celebration of the Cuban people and their resourceful innovation.


Praise for All the Way to Havana

Drum Dream Girl:

"A beautiful account of a young girl's bravery and her important contribution toward gender equality in the creative arts." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The heroine’s tenacity in the face of naysayers will inspire all dreamers." —School Library Journal, starred review

Little Elliot, Big City:

"a terrific emerging talent, with gorgeously rendered images that bring to mind the moodiness of Chris Van Allsburg and the sweetness of William Joyce." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Curato, a debut author and illustrator, tucks several gentle messages into one simple story that's perfect for the age group. It is, however, his almost cinematic artwork that's the real showstopper." —??Booklist, starred review

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Margarita Engle; illustrations by Mike Curato

Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Surrender Tree, the Charlotte Zolotow Award winner Drum Dream Girl, and the Walter Dean Myers Honor Enchanted Air. Her books have also received multiple Pura Belpré and Americas Awards as well as a Jane Addams Award, an International Reading Association Award, and many others.

Mike Curato traveled to Havana to do visual research and bring this story to life. He is the author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including Worm Loves Worm.

Margarita Engle

Mike Curato

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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