Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

by Margarita Engle

2017 Finalist · Poetry

Nominated by: Charlotte
Finalist blurb: Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and his Dream of Don Quixote by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Raúl Colón. Peachtree Publishers

In this poetic celebration of the power of imagination, we meet young Miguel Cervantes years before he creates his unforgettable hero Don Quixote. As a child Miguel copes with the constant chaos in his life by escaping to the world of dreams where he meets a brave knight/ who will ride out on/ a strong horse/ and right/ all the wrongs/ of this confusing/ world. Readers, too, will find comfort and hope through these gentle poems that are beautifully paired with Raúl Colón’s watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations. Back matter includes notes from both author and illustrator, as well as historical, biographical, and cultural notes.
— Irene Latham, Live Your Poem