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Carmine by Melissa Sweet
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Nov 16, 08

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. The protagonist is spunky and a budding artist, but like the original Little Red Riding Hood has some difficulty staying on task to visit her grandmother. The illustrations are childlike, but they capture the humor in this fantasy world with a talking wolf, and a messenger Mockingbird. A great read aloud and Little Red Riding Hood fractured fairytale addition.

A review from Common Sense says, “Carmine is a fleshed-out character with a love of painting and the wolf is now more than just a villain; he's a dad with a hungry brood to feed. (Kids can weigh in on whether or not this makes a difference in their wolf sympathies.) Rich illustrations offer up many details. 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.” It is true that Carmine is more dimensional than other Red Riding Hood characters and that the Bad Wolf has other motives for visiting the grandmother’s house, besides eating her.

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