Carmine by Melissa Sweet
A Little More Red (New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))

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And, as Carmine takes off on her bicycle with Rufus, that is just what she intends to do. But Carmine is a dreamy painter, always in search of capturing just the right hue in her drawings, and this drawing—the one she begins in a lovely forest clearing just off the path to Granny’s—must be her best yet.

Here is a new, lively retelling of a timeless tale with enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the very end.

About Melissa Sweet

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Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of many fine children's books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. And even though Melissa is 357 dog years old, she still loves walking her two dogs, Rufus and Nelle. For more information about the author and her work, visit
Published May 2, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Besides her vivacious paint and collage pictures, Sweet plays with her love of words by highlighting in alphabetical order, above and within the text, some unusual choices for an alphabet: “exquisite,” “nincompoop,” “zillion.” Includes Granny’s recipe for alphabet soup.

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(Fortunately for little kids, this wolf has no interest in turning Grandma -- or Carmine -- into a meal.) There's a lot going on in this revamped, revved up version of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Kids who might not have the patience for the rather wordy tale can follow the story by exploring the pictures from their favorite reader's lap.

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