Dan Yaccarino's picture book, All the Way to America: the Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel, is a warm and funny family history told in just 40 pages. Here he talks to Kirkus’ Children's & Teen Editor Vicky Smith about art, food and yelling. "There’s a lot of yelling in Italian families. We call it talking."

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