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Carmine: A Little More Red
Melissa Sweet
Picture Book
Ages 4 to 7
Houghton Mifflin, 2005, 0-618-38194-3
  Carmine is going to go to Granny’s house to have alphabet soup with the old lady. She is going to ride her bike to get there and she is told that she must not “dilly-dally” nor should she stray from the path because Granny heard a wolf howl the night before. Carmine promises that she won’t stop along the way but she does take her paints, pencils and paper – just in case she needs to paint a picture.
  True to form Carmine stops and as the day is so “exquisite” she decides to paint a picture as a gift for Granny. On Carmine paints, writing a haiku, and admiring all the lovely colors of the countryside. Meanwhile her dog Rufus smells something which makes his decidedly nervous. He is in no doubt that there is a wolf nearby, a wolf who would be happy to eat a little dog “in the blink of an eye.”
  This unique version of the story of Little Red Riding Hood will give readers plenty to read and to look at. This is a fairy tale, an alphabet book, and a stylized artist’s sketchbook all rolled into one. Readers will discover other famous characters on the pages including the three blind mice and the three little pigs. Distinctive painted and collage artwork will certainly encourage artistically inclined readers to try their own hand at creating pictures using paint, papers, and other materials.



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