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Clifford the Big Red Dog
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
Emily Elizabeth has the biggest, reddest dog in the neighborhood. She has extra fun with such a big dog, but extra problems too. Silly solutions shown in the cartoonlike illustrations delight young children. The good-natured Clifford has not lost his appeal since he first appeared more than thirty-five years ago.
Is it any good?
Dry wit for children is unusual in these days of over-the-top silliness and bathroom humor, but Bridwell knows how to tickle a child's funny bone without pandering. He accomplishes this by juxtaposing blandly flat textual setups with expressive drawings that act as a punch line.
As one might expect in a book where the pictures make the story, Bridwell's are charming. Simple lines and colors are combined with clever cropping and a delightful range of expressions for the goofy Clifford. His sneaky tiptoeing when playing hide-and-seek, his look of surprise to find his ears propped up with sticks to make a tent, and his one-eyed glare at a burglar who's after Emily Elizabeth's piggybank all keep kids chortling -- and reading.