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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.

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PreS-Gr 2—Accompanied by the vibrant onomatopoeia of an old rebuilt car, a brown-skinned boy travels with his family from their village in Cuba to the capital city, Havana, to celebrate the "zero-year birthday" of his cousin. The focus of this colorful picture book is on the car (nicknamed "Cara Cara"), one of Cuba''s many mid-20th-century American vehicles maintained through constant tinkering. "Ours is so tired that she just chatters like a busy chicken—cara cara, cara cara, cluck, cluck, cluck." Award-winning poet Engle transports readers to Cuba through her lively verse, and Curato (author/illustrator of the "Little Elliot" series) does the same with his nearly photorealistic illustrations rendered in pencil, with digital color bringing out the bright tones of the tropics. Each spread includes endless detail, from the clothes hanging on the clothesline in the boy''s backyard to Havana''s beautiful architecture. The stars of the book, of course, are the 1950s cars, which Curato studied on a research trip to Cuba and depicts precisely in all their mixed-and-matched glory. While younger readers will simply enjoy the journey, older children may desire more information about the context of the story, some of which can be found in the author''s and illustrator''s notes. VERDICT A fun addition to the ever-popular genre of transportation picture books—this one with a unique perspective and message of perseverance.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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"Engle and Curato provide a child''s view of Cuba that is extremely accessible and as striking as it is unforgettable. A vibrant snapshot of modern Cuba, full of rich, sensory detail." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on All the Way to Havana

" He and Engle chronicle Cara Cara’s journey in loving detail as the family moves along the coast and into bustling city streets, giving readers glimpses into daily Cuban lives―newlyweds in a Dodge convertible, laundry hanging from balconies as “a sea breeze sings.” It’s a wonderful introduction to America’s very nearby neighbor." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on All the Way to Havana

"Engle’s tone is upbeat throughout: she highlights modest country vistas, picturesque contemporary Havana, busy people going about their daily chores, and the profusion of noisy vintage cars. Curato’s vibrant pencil and digital illustrations depict iconic images of Cuba―small farms, city neighborhoods, and government buildings―all in photographic detail. . . A lyrical and beautiful offering that should help to humanize views of this island nation." ―Booklist, starred review, on All the Way to Havana

"A fun addition to the ever-popular genre of transportation picture books―this one with a unique perspective and message of perseverance." ―School Library Journal, starred review, on All the Way to Havana

"Engle and Curato collaborate on this captivating road trip, with the steady pulse of Engle’s text (prosy on the page, labeled as poetry in the author’s note) punctuated by taka takas, roars, growls, whines, and putt putts of the vehicles, and Curato’s illustrations gliding smoothly from country- to city-scapes, never far from the edge of the sea. . . catnip for the Cruise Night crowd and for any kid who dreams of one day owning a classic set of wheels." ―The Bulletin on All the Way to Havana

"Engle’s use of onomatopoeia, at times replacing the sound of the car with animal sounds (honks, roars, growls, whines), gives a sense of the modern-day blend of rural and city life . . . The mixed-media illustrations capture the brilliant colors and scenic beauty of the island―both landscape and cityscape―as well as the multiracial makeup of its people." ―The Horn Book on 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

About the Author

Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California.

Mike Curato is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and the graphic novel Flamer, and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including What If… (by Samantha Berger), Worm Loves Worm, and All the Way to Havana.

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Solis
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Unique and engaging
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2017
Written. In first-person plural lyrical voice.unique story using a car as a way to show us a foreign place. Gre
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Roza Tole
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Beautiful, fun, Cuban approved!
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my niece, but I read it (translating into Spanish) to my Cuban grandparents, who were truly delighted by it. The story is fun, the pictures are beautiful, and it gives you a snapshot of the familial bonds and culture of Cuba!
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Marcy A. Prager
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Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2017
Beautiful, vivid illustrations, the words so reflective of Cuban life.
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A celebration of Cuba''s unique automobiles
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2018
A little boy and his family are headed to his cousin''s zero year birthday celebration. To get there, they must convince the old family automobile, Cara Cara, to make the trip. Cara Carr has been fixed multiple times through trial and error and creativity, but she still... See more
A little boy and his family are headed to his cousin''s zero year birthday celebration. To get there, they must convince the old family automobile, Cara Cara, to make the trip. Cara Carr has been fixed multiple times through trial and error and creativity, but she still runs. Like many of the other old cars the boy sees on the streets of Havana.

Definitely read the author''s note in the back of the book about why Havana is so full of old cars and how people work to keep them going much longer than people in wealthier cultures. An interesting look at how one person''s trash is another''s treasure, and the power of ingenuity. It should also make readers pause and think about their own materialism. Kids who like cars and tinkering should LOVE this. I''m not super into cars but I appreciate the message Engle intended and I know this will find an audience. I also like the peek into a foreign culture. The illustrations are quite something too and make sure you read the illustrator''s note on why the cars won''t look 100% authentic.
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Latinxs in Kid Lit
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A great ride through the Cuban countryside
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
I really enjoyed the trip this picture book takes through the Cuban countryside and into the city of Havana. It is easy to identify with the narrator, as he gets squashed in the backseat by all the passengers! Engle makes the question of whether or not the narrator and his... See more
I really enjoyed the trip this picture book takes through the Cuban countryside and into the city of Havana. It is easy to identify with the narrator, as he gets squashed in the backseat by all the passengers! Engle makes the question of whether or not the narrator and his father can get the car to work a suspenseful one, but as the journey gets underway, we don’t feel pity for the family for having an old car, but rather excitement for everything they see along the road to Havana. The bright colors of the cars alongside the blue of the sky and ocean make the pictures very attractive and illustrator Mike Curato adds plenty of detail to the vehicles and the scenery in Havana. The figures in the pictures can sometimes look a little flat, but it was nice to see an Afro-Latinx family featured—an unfortunate rarity in a lot of picture books. Both the author and illustrator include notes at the end talking a little about the background of the story and the process of researching the illustrations.
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Coffee.Girl
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A Poetic Road Trip through Cuba
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, is a realistic fictional poem that takes the reader on a road trip through Cuba. I just love all of the sound words which describes the the cars engine; a great way to teach the literary concept, onomatopoeia. These... See more
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, is a realistic fictional poem that takes the reader on a road trip through Cuba. I just love all of the sound words which describes the the cars engine; a great way to teach the literary concept, onomatopoeia.

These words made me think of my husband and his uncle. When my husband has an issue with one of our vehicles, he describes the noise in which the car is making and his uncle, an automotive genius, will already begin to think of what could be wrong. It is very impressive.

Here in the story, the Papa continuously strives to make this antique car run; which is common in the country of Cuba. The books final pages includes an author''s note, that tells us pre-1959 cars are extremely popular in this country, as the people are succumbed to both hardship and poverty. In addition, they consistently maintain these older cars with a lot of perseverance and creativity. The young boy in the story, likes to assist his Papa with fixing Cara Cara in hopes that one day it will become his.
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JerezS
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Beautiful illustrations by Mike Curato
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017
Beautiful illustrations by Mike Curato! As a daughter of a father who''s spent years renovating and restoring classic cars and who loves to draw them, I totally have an appreciation and connection to the art in the book. The story is awesome and the illustrations make it... See more
Beautiful illustrations by Mike Curato! As a daughter of a father who''s spent years renovating and restoring classic cars and who loves to draw them, I totally have an appreciation and connection to the art in the book. The story is awesome and the illustrations make it even better! Thank you Margarita and Mike!
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Tasha Saecker
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Glimpse of Cuba
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
A boy and his family are heading to a birthday party for a newborn baby. But first they have to get their old car to run. The car, like many in Cuba, is very old and has been repaired again and again. Papa opens the hood and the boy helps hand him tools to get the engine... See more
A boy and his family are heading to a birthday party for a newborn baby. But first they have to get their old car to run. The car, like many in Cuba, is very old and has been repaired again and again. Papa opens the hood and the boy helps hand him tools to get the engine chattering again. The road is bumpy and the car is crowded with neighbors who also needed a ride that day. As they get to Havana, the countryside transitions into an urban world, filled with other old cars, bicycles and people walking. After the party, the family heads back in the car in the darkness.

Engle’s skill with writing fills the page with the richness of Cuba and its cars. She spends time looking at the engine and letting the child help. There is a feeling of joy upon entering Havana and a wonder about it as well. The illustrations also feel that way, the text and illustrations slowing together as Havana comes into sight and is entered. A great pick for car fans and diversity. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
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Wonderful!
Reviewed in Canada on May 23, 2021
This book is amazing! If you’ve ever traveled to Cuba you’ll appreciate how great this book is.
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