Friday, February 26, 2010

Need a little Red?

I am amazed by Melissa Sweet's illustrations (A River of Words, Tupelo Rides the Rails, The Boy Who Drew Birds).  I found this book and loved her take on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood.  In this book, "Red" is named Carmine and she's a painter... who "dawdles" all the way to Grandma's house, looking at colors, light, and noticing the things along the way, stopping to paint and think all the way.  An artistic twist to a classic story.
     It's Carmine's dog that notices trouble "lurking" and tells the wolf where to find Grandma's house.  Sweet takes through an alphabet of rich and wonderful vocabulary with just enough familiarity for us to know where the story is leading.  Visually, it's a beatiful text (as are most of her books).  She's such a great illustrator and I love  Carmine: A Little More Red, the first book she's authored. 
     There's a wonderful blog entry about Melissa Sweet's work, which you can find at:  I also love to visit her informative and colorful website, it's worth a look:

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