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Carmine: A Little More Red

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Busy retelling of Red Riding Hood is a winner.

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There's a lot going on in this revamped, revved up version of Little Red Riding Hood. CARMINE: A LITTLE MORE RED works as an alphabet book using an impressive vocabulary -- including "surreal" and "pluck"; a graphic mini-novel with much of the dialog in balloons; and of course an intriguing way of reexamining a favorite fairytale. Kids will be able to revisit the book as they mature and discover new ways to read the story, and adults will like the witty take on tradition.

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.

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