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"A fetching retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” that also works as an effective alphabet book. . . . The fresh and imaginative mixed-media art imitates the sketchbook of a child artist." --School Library Journal,starred School Library Journal, Starred

"For her authorial debut Sweet . . . offers a colorful, abecedarian take on Little Red Riding Hood. Creative details, both visual and verbal, abound."

Publishers Weekly

"The illustrator tries her hand at words and images in this delightful alphabet and fairytale twist. . . . Besides her vivacious paint and collage pictures, Sweet plays with her love of words." --Kirkus Kirkus Reviews

"the sunny mixed-media art—nicely sparked with reds in all their bright variety—tells the story beautifully." —Horn Book Horn Book

"Reading is believing." New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review Notable Book
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About the Author

Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children’s books including Balloons Over Broadway, a Sibert winner, and The Right Word and A River of Words, both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as “exuberant,” “outstanding,” and “a creative delight.” Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine, not far from E.B. White's famous barn and farm. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618997172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618997176
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children's books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, on Madison Park Greetings and Smilebox cards, and on a line of eeBoo toys. She received a Caldecott Honor Medal for a River of Words by Jen Bryant
and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations.

In BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, Sweet uses her trademark mixed-media illustrations and a clear but charming text ("Tony Sarg, rhymes with aargh") to explain the various versions of puppets and balloons Sarg made for the parade, each better than the last, until finally creating the helium-filled balloons we see today. With a gorgeous palette, sidebars of diagrams, archival photographs, and newspaper clippings, Sweet explores the legacy of a creative, fun-loving man who imbued his work with his own playful sensibility and joie de vivre.

Melissa lives with her husband and dogs in Rockport, Maine. For more information, visit

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Little Red Riding Hood is reincarnated in this imaginative retelling of a favorite tale, Carmine taught to read by a beloved granny who uses alphabet soup to instruct the child. She started with a spoonful of letters and now Carmine can read a whole bowl. Whenever Granny makes a fresh pot of soup, like today, Carmine is invited for lunch. Before she leaves, Carmine sorts through her clutter for anything she might need on her journey, pencils, paper and paint. Accompanied by her beloved dog, Rufus, Carmine has been known to dilly dally on the way to Granny's house, although she has been warned by her mother that the route is fraught with danger. This time a lurking wolf spots the child, who has stopped to paint a picture for her grandmother, distracted by nature's abundant beauty. Racing ahead... well, you know this story. Luckily for Carmine, her Granny doesn't meet the same fate as the original grandmother, this one hiding in the closet as the hungry wolf gathers an armful of soup bones to take home to his pups. Happily reunited, Carmine, Granny and Rufus sip their soup while admiring Carmine's latest work of art.

The artwork in this book is vivid and imaginative, combined with a layout that introduces new vocabulary words used in context with the illustrations. This artist thinks outside the box, using both visual images and language to inspire young readers, cartoon balloons filled with Carmine and the Wolf's dialog as they confront their situations. Words like pluck, dawdle, mimic and nincompoop add alliterative rhythms, balanced with lively drawings, a bright palette accented with every shade of red: scarlet, carmine and fuscia. A multi-level reading experience, Carmine is a fabulous addition to a child's library, a visual and verbal feast as exuberant as its young heroine. Luan Gaines/ 2005.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Roiseland on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Carmine:A Little More Red"; it is a creative interpretation of a classic. The illustrations are beautiful!! While the vocabulary was too advanced for my 3- and 4-year old children to grasp, the pictures held their attention and I am sure that it will be a treasured book for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have always been rather fond of alphabet books, the story of Little Red Ridding Hood, paint and art and a well told story - in general. Fortunately, so do most children. And with all of those likes, Melissa Sweet have created her own quirky telling of this old tale to delight us all. Plus, we have the added bonus of a nice little color/art lesson coupled with a subtle sense of humor to amuse the adult reader.

But don't think that this is an ordinary alphabet book filled with little starter words. No, the author has used this little book as a vehicle to introduce children to scads of new and delightful words that they more than likely have heard, but have no clue as to the meaning.


Well, you get the picture.

Sweet has used the old, old Brothers Grimm tale in a new setting Here, Little Red, name Carmine, gets word that granny has made a new batch of alphabet soup (Granny taught Carmine to read using this soup), and wants her to join her. Now Carmine is a little artist so she packs up her art supplies, ergo we are introduced to the word "clutter," grabs her dog, hops on her bike and sets off to grand mother's house. She is told not to "dilly-dally," due to a wolf being seen, but she is captivated by the "exquisite lighting and landscape on the way and of course is diverted.

Whole this story bares little resemblance to the original tale, it never the less sort of follows the plot line. The reader will find themselves liking Carmine, Granny, the dog and yes, even the wolf in this one. The word play, little side notes, small conversations and observations will bring a smile or snicker to your face.

I quite like the art work in this one...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Little Red Riding Hood. There is probably more psychological baggage and scintillating undertones associated with this little tale than any other story in the Grimm repertoire. Accordingly, with every year more and more alternate versions and retellings hit the market full force. From James Marshall's classic version to Ed Young's stylized Chinese retelling ("Lon Po Po", in case you're interested), there are more little girls in red hoods out there than you can shake a fist at. "Carmine" is one of the most recent additions to the fold, and it makes for a lovely little read. Bringing together such disparate elements as the alphabet, gradations in color, a heightened sense of tension, and even a recipe at its conclusion, "Carmine" is not the most accessible of Little Red tales out there, but it's certainly one of the most pleasant to thumb through. You're not going to get the straight dope on Little Red with this version, but for the modern kid Sweet's interpretation of the events involving one girl in a hood, one granny, and one wolf makes for a perfectly nice and perfectly new story of its own.

Each plot twist in this book begins with a letter of the alphabet. So the first step in the story comes with the word "Alphabet". Carmine loved going over to her granny's for a little alphabet soup. "Beware". There was a wolf about and Carmine was warned to go straight to granny's and not to dilly-dally. Unfortunately, Carmine is a world class dilly-dallier. There are few dallys she hasn't dillied (or, alternately, dillies she hasn't dallied). Since Carmine is a fan of painting she spots some poppies on her route and decides that granny deserves a picture of them.
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