Clifford The Big Red Dog (Norman Bridwell)

cliffordI remember reading this book as a child. The illustrations seemed almost hypnotic to me. He’s big. He’s red. He’s a dog. What more can you say? He’s been popular with children since he was born in 1963. Clifford is so popular that’s there’s a Clifford book for every season and nearly every holiday. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a whole line of Clifford’s puppy day stories, which also cover every season and most major holidays. This dog is huge — in more ways than one! The first book is very simple and very sweet, and it goes a long way toward explaining the popularity of the series. Instead of being a story about a big red dog, it’s a story about the special friendship between a girl and her dog. Emily Elizabeth loves her dog, despite what others may see as his shortcomings. Yes, even Emily Elizabeth will admit that he has a few. For instance, when Clifford chases cars, he actually catches them and brings them home. When Clifford doesn’t win first prize at the dog show, Emily Elizabeth doesn’t mind. She’ll take Clifford over any of those other dogs any day. So would I.  🙂



  1. Clifford’s the cutest! I forgot about this character, thanks for the lovely reminder! 🙂

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