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Clifford the Big Red Dog

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

What parents need to know

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Norman Bridwell
Illustrator:Norman Bridwell
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Scholastic Inc.
Publication date:December 31, 1969
Number of pages:32

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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.
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 toddlers as there are lots to learn and explain to 1.5 / 3 year olds. Everyday situations and interesting subjects (such as the visit to the fire station or the day the dogs went to the building site) provides lots of situations for toddlers / and young children to identify with.