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Carmine: A Little More Red

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  255 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 29, 2011 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, fairy-tale
Granny isn't sick -- she's just making a nice pot of alphabet soup. What could be more natural than to ring a favorite grandchild and invite her over? Our artistically-inclined, red-loving protagonist hops on her bike, taking her painting supplies and faithful dog, and off into the woods she goes. "Don't dilly-dally," her mother reminds her, but she can't resist pausing to sketch a scenic spot. And then, a little farther off, she spies some poppies crying out to by painted... While she is ...more
Oct 19, 2015 N_kellie rated it it was amazing
This creative take on the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” is set up in an ABC book format. But don’t be mistaken, it’s no baby book. Melissa Sweet has chosen to highlight some wonderful words as she tells the story of Carmine dilly-dallying on her way to grandma’s house. The reader is sure to expand their vocabulary with words like exquisite, indeed, lurking, reckoned, and surreal.

The story opens with Carmine (cleverly named a shade of red) painting a picture in her bedroom, thinking about how
Oct 12, 2009 Bernice rated it liked it
Carmine, a girl that loves red, is filled with imagination and demonstrates this through her beautiful portraits she paints for her grandmother. On one particular trip to her grandmother's house, against her mother's advice to ride straight through the forest without stopping, Carmine stops to paint the beautiful landscape around her. A wolf that has been heard and sighted in the area sees Carmine and her dog. We are whisked by her adventure to see what happens between Carmine and the wolf.

As I
Paul  Hankins
Before taking the Robert F. Sibert Award for Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, Melissa Sweet created this little alphabet book, her debut picture book.

A delightful retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Carmine is a little girl invited to her grandmother's house for some alphabet soup. On the way, she encounters a wolf. And a number of sight words that will be fun for younger readers while at the same time helping to develop a rich vocabulary.

Sprinkled into
Sep 07, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing
One of my new favorite alphabet books that is nestled within a classic-Little Red Riding Hood. Readers get a special treat when they enjoy this Caldecott-worthy picture book: a classic w/a twist that carries with it the genre of being an ABC book that truly has a fun, adventuresome character. My daughter brought this home from library at school & we ordered one for my (ahem, her) personal library right away.
May 19, 2013 Lorna rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A fun twist on the Little Red Riding Hood story, with the added addition of an alphabet book. Great vocabulary and interesting format would be great to use with upper elementary students.
Nov 20, 2016 Yolanda rated it it was amazing
Such a delightful book. Definitely a must read.
Feb 18, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
Carmine: A Little More Red is a modernized Little Red Riding Hood story. This book was published in 2005 and was written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. What first caught my attention about this book was the cover art, and as I flipped through the pages I was hooked.

What caught my attention first were the illustrations, they are made from mixed media, including handmade papers, collage, and found objects. The cover includes a drawing of Carmine and her dog, Rufus, outlined by a picture frame.
Nov 07, 2016 Melany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Carmine is one of my top 5 favorites. One of my favorite features is the fact that it is a intermediate reader of a classic fairy tale. I also love the fact that the illustrations are drawn and painted the way the character in the book would have done them. Also the illustrations add to the story just as much as the words do. Another fantastic part is the vocabulary used. Not only are the words in alphabetical order but the vocabulary uses unusual words for more ordinary known words.

I would use
Oct 31, 2016 yiming rated it really liked it
Cute book for younger readers, a modern take on Little Red Riding Hood. I checked it out from my local library, hoping that it would delve into the color carmine, which is made from the cochineal beetle. Fun little whimsical story that is less gruesome the fairy tale as I remember it.
Ying Lee
Jan 21, 2014 Ying Lee rated it really liked it
It' time for alphabet soup! Carmine is excited about granny's invitation for alphabet soup. Upon receiving granny's phone call, Carmine collects her art supplies and rides on her bike with her dog, Rufus, and sets off. Though her mom and granny have cautioned and reminded her of staying on the path and going directly to granny's place in case of the wolf, Carmine cannot help but be distracted by the exquisite scenery on the road. She decides to draw a picture for her granny. As Carmine is ...more
Loretta Kramer
Nov 16, 2008 Loretta Kramer rated it it was amazing
Carmine – A Little More Red is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The main character of the story, Carmine, sets off to visit her grandmother on her bike with her pet dog and art materials. As the story continues, each page highlights a letter of the alphabet with a word, such as alphabet, beware and clutter and ends with zillion – Granny reminded Carmine that she had been told a ZILLION times not to dilly-dally in the woods.

Carmine – A Little More Red is clever and educational all in one.
Diressa Belcher
This modern version of Little Red Riding Hood is sure to challenge our brains! Carmine is a painter who thrives on creativity. Carmine must avoid the Wolf's Den on her way to Grandma's house to enjoy alphabet soup. In this twist Carmen saves Grandma from the pack of hungry wolves!

In terms of literacy this book is very important for vocabulary development. Children are introduced to the words: beware, clutter, dilly-dally, exquisite, farther, green, haiku, indeed, joke, knoll, lurking, mimic, ni
Megan Boomgarden
This is the familiar story of "Little Red Riding Hood" but with a small twist. Carmine is on her way to visit her grandmother and get some soup but stops in teh woods to paint a picture of red poppies. Like the original story, the wolf beats Carmine to Granny's and when Carmine arrives, she finds her Granny locked in the closet. (not eaten thank goodness) the moral of this fractured fairy tale is to not "dilly dally" in the woods.

This version of "Little Red Riding Hood" has been adapted so it i
Tyley Hunter
Apr 14, 2013 Tyley Hunter rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This story is a children’s picture book about a famous folk tale, Red Riding Hood, but told with a unique twist. Carmine sets out for her granny’s house and was told to not stop because there has been a wolf spotted in the forest. Although Carmine agrees, along the way she stops to paint a picture for her granny. While she was painting, Carmine’s dog ran into the wolf and told him about the delicious soup that granny was making, which included large bones. The wolf goes to granny’s house and ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Written and Illustrated by- Melissa Sweet
Published- Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2005.
ISBN- 0-618-38794-3 (hardcover)
Awards- Red Clover Nominee
Genre- Fable

I read this today, after finding it when looking for fairytale stories retold. This book is an extremely charming retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The young protagonist Carmine is an artist who likes to wander on her way to visit her grandmother, and does so today. She stops and paints pretty pictures along the way with her dog. The dog i
Sara Larson
Mar 09, 2013 Sara Larson rated it really liked it
In this alphabet book, based on the story Little Red Riding Hood, Carmine is invited to her Granny's house to eat alphabet soup for lunch. Her Granny tells her not to stop along the way. Carmine grabs her dog Rufus and her art supplies, and heads over to Granny's on her bike. On the way, Carmine notices that the light is perfect for painting. She stops, sets up her easel and canvas, and begins to paint Granny a picture. While she is busy painting, a wolf begins a discussion with her dog, Rufus. ...more
Sarah Herranen
Apr 14, 2013 Sarah Herranen rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book was creative in a teachable sense. It is another change up to the classical tale of Little Red Riding Hood. This book had an alphabet scheme and taught difficult vocabulary along the way. Each page had a new vocab word that would be great to teach in a classroom. The illustrations were very unique. The story also ties in some other folk tales in little comic type boxes in the pages, for example: The Three Little Pigs. The in-pages were my favorite. They were splotches of all different ...more
Oct 20, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I have never read this first book by Melissa Sweet, I suppose you could say her first book about the color red, and be reminded of A Splash of Red, and this year, Little Red Writing. This particular book is filled with color and tells an “adapted” story of Little Red Writing Hood that uses highlighted words on each page that help tell the story a little girl named Carmine, on her way to Granny’s house to eat delicious alphabet soup. Carmine loves to draw and paint, and takes her art materials ...more
Stephanie Croaning
Aug 21, 2016 Stephanie Croaning rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, 2016
This is an exceptionally clever retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, as well as a very unique alphabet book. Melissa Sweet has used her usually collage style of illustration to tell the story of Carmine, a budding artist, who is distracted on her way to visit her grandmother, who is making alphabet soup.

Each section of the story begins with the next letter of the alphabet, and introduces young readers to some more mature and descriptive words. For example E stands for "exquisite"
Jun 30, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
This book is a different version of little red riding hood. It is about a grandma that teachers her granddaughter how to spell using alphabet soup, so the grandma invites her over one day for soup, and then the rest of the story is similiar to the little red riding hood.

However, on each page is a different word, as the book goes in order of the alphabet. It introduces a lot of really good vocabulary words throughout the book.

Some ideas for this book, The students could compare and contrast the t
Oct 14, 2009 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbgs-trad
The end pages of this book is cool as they list all the different words we use for the shades of red, and are spelled out with alphabet soup letters. This sets up the story that Red is going to be a very important color in the book. It is very neat how she took a traditional story and made it an alphabet book. The watercolor pictures are really neat and allow her to play up the red and playing with the lighting. It is a book that would also help teach new words, even a French word, and even ...more
Lyndy Stein
Jul 23, 2014 Lyndy Stein rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book filled with both colorful, detailed text and illustrations. This fun take on "Little Red Riding Hood" tells the story of Carmine and the journey that she goes on with her dog, Rufus, as they go over the river and through the woods to visit her grandma. What makes this book so unique is that it goes through the alphabet page by page and presents a lot of fun vocabulary words and phrases for young readers. Some of my favorites in this book were dilly-dally, exquisite, ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Deja rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Review: I never really heard of this book to I was searching for fairy tales online and this came up. I really enjoyed how they portrayed carmine in the story not like the original riding hood on the way to her granny's. Meaning she was and artist and seem like she always had art on her mind on her journal traveling through the forests.

Utilize:I would read this story as a guide on all the things that are in a forest. We would be already covering the topic on a forest so this book would be a grea
Jan 08, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the original story of Little Red Riding Hood. I search for and read all the different interpretations I can find. Melissa Sweet's story version is awesome. The plot line is good, the teaching of vocabulary is fun, yet not intrusive, and let's talk about the color and illustrations! The choices of reds and other colors work well with the illustrated scenery and the story line. The colors pop off the page. There is even a recipe at the end for Alphabet Soup! I won't spoil the end, I just ...more
Feb 12, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this very clever ABC/Little Red Riding Hood tale. It's a great read-aloud for all ages from PK-middle school. For the older kids, you could focus more on the interesting vocablulary & the subtle nuances included in the text and illustrations. Younger kids enjoy a breifer version of the story, relating to the "familiar" Little Red Riding Hood story-line. Although accurate, labeling this a ABC/Little Red Riding Hood story really doesn't do it justice. You really have to read it to ...more
Kacie Fincher
Jan 10, 2013 Kacie Fincher rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
One of the best parts of this book are the illustrations. The pictures are beautifully drawn and are full of vivid colors. Each page also uses a word to represent each letter of the alphabet, however some of the words chosen seemed a bit out of place. Also when reading this book I felt as though the story did not flow easily and there were a few times where I needed to re-read a page to understand the passage more clearly. A decent read.
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Combine twenty-six meaty new words, a sprinkling of fairy tale characters, one talented young artist, forty pages of gorgeous watercolours and an irresistably spunky dog and “voila!” an exciting new rendition of the Red Riding Hood theme. Bones optional.

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Courtney Gayle
This book is cute and has a different spin rather than the traditional little red riding hood. This book involves a girl in red making a trip to her grandmothers to get a bowl of vegetable book. This book introduces a lot of different forms of vocabulary through the letters of the alphabet soup as the story progresses throughout. Would be great to use if you needed a book to introduce specific vocabulary.
Nov 04, 2013 Ela rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
My son really enjoyed this book. His name is Carmine so I figured it would be a nice way of getting him a little more into the story while still having a good bedtime story to read to him.

It's a vocabulary book with really colorful pictures and a cohesive story. Although, I do have to say that I didn't find one of the words appropriate for a four year old.
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Melissa Sweet grew up in a suburban neighborhood that had lots of kids, kick-the-can games on summer nights, and Percy's candy store right nearby.

Later she received her Associate’s Degree from Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Sweet began began illustrating children's books in 1986 and h
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