Parents' Guide to

Clifford the Big Red Dog

By Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

After 35 years, Clifford hasn't lost his appeal.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 6+

Clifford is the best

We love Clifford books because we like to read about funny dogs. clifford's dresses up as funny characters

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (3):

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.

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