Carmine: A Little More Red

Written & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Carmine is a painter, always in search of just the right color (especially anything in the red family) to add to her paintings. So when she and her dog Rufus set off on their bike to Granny’s, she is too easily lured by a lovely meadow full of poppies. And, as she begins painting, she is too oblivious to danger lurking along the path.


  • "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 REVIEW

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

    "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 Reviews

    A New York Times Best illustrated book 2005