Clifford the Big Red Dog

Book review by
Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media
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After 35 years, Clifford hasn't lost his appeal.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is nothing objectionable in this classic. Parents may enjoy the dry humor and simple story. Children giggle over the childlike drawings of a huge dog and his escapades.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byms.callawayclass January 14, 2020

Clifford is the best

We love Clifford books because we like to read about funny dogs. clifford's dresses up as funny characters
Parent Written byK G April 9, 2008

Good books for young children

My toddlers love to see what Clifford is up to next. The big red dog really draws their attention and gets them talking.
These are books I read with my toddler... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig October 23, 2020

Iconic Books

Great books for kids
Kid, 10 years old April 13, 2012

Great book for the saga of Clifford the big red dog

I never read the book, but I saw the show and the movie. A nice family book to complete the saga for the whole idea of Clifford in the first week.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to have such a huge pet as part of your family. How would you take care of such a big dog?

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