My Red Velvet Cape

Cover: My Red Velvet Cape

Mateo is so excited. It's his birthday and he can't wait! Not only will there be a party later with friends but his grandmother is bringing him a very special gift: a red velvet cape. It's a cape for superheroes! Mateo imagines all the wonderful things that will happen when he wears the cape, from not needing to hold his big sister's hand on the way to the bus to being more popular at school. But is the gift really what he thinks it is? Or did Mateo misunderstand what his grandmother said?



  • Dewey: [E]
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585363933): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 02/15/2018
  • PDF (9781534122901): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 02/15/2018
  • Hosted ebook (9781534123076): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2018, 02/15/2018
  • Subject: Language Arts


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
  • Lexile® Measure: 440
  • Guided Reading Level: I
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending

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School Library Connection - My Red Velvet Cape

Mateo is having a superhero themed birthday party. Grandma calls to wish him well and tell him she has made “a red velvet…” but before she can finish, Mateo becomes excited, certain that Grandma is bringing him a red velvet cape. He has many plans for how to use the cape, like walking the dog and getting to the bathroom on time. Then, his big sister punctures his excitement by telling him that Grandma is actually bringing a red velvet cake. Oh, what a difference one letter in a word can make! Mateo is devastated and sulks and pouts even when Grandma arrives with a package that contains “a red velvet…” The cartoon style watercolor and ink illustrations are full of action and expression. Details include bilingual color signs and superhero posters, a unisex restroom, multiracial friends, and a hip Grandma who flies with Mateo and his friends with her own red velvet cape. The back matter includes a section which teaches readers how to make their own red velvet capes.


Author, Illustrator: Dana Sullivan

Dana Sullivan was born in Los Angeles, California, and has been drawing on scraps of paper and in the margins of math tests for as long as he can remember. He has a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and in Graphic Design from Seattle Central Community College. Dana was the Creative Director at Costco Wholesale for 16 years until he realized he wasn’t being all that creative. He wrote and illustrated Ozzie and the Art Contest and Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari and illustrated the Digger and Daisy early reader series. His favorite animal is the dog, and his favorite vegetable is peanut butter. Since he was a kid, he’s wanted a red velvet cape, and now he has one! See pictures of Dana in his cape and other stuff at