Clifford: The Big Red Dog

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To celebrate Clifford's 35th anniversary, this durable board book edition of the first Clifford storybook invites the youngest readers into the happy world of the Big Red Dog and his friends. Full color.-4 yrs.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Board Book by Norman Bridwell celebrates Clifford's 35th anniversary. The giant dog-whose house is bigger than his owners', who gets a bath in the swimming pool and occasionally catches the cars he chases-is now as remarkable for his ...

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Overview

To celebrate Clifford's 35th anniversary, this durable board book edition of the first Clifford storybook invites the youngest readers into the happy world of the Big Red Dog and his friends. Full color.-4 yrs.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Board Book by Norman Bridwell celebrates Clifford's 35th anniversary. The giant dog-whose house is bigger than his owners', who gets a bath in the swimming pool and occasionally catches the cars he chases-is now as remarkable for his longevity as he is for his size.

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    Norman Bridwell  

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
An introduction to the well-loved Clifford, for the very youngest non-readers, this board book will keep them occupied while their siblings are read the stories with plots. Fun to read, it's short enough to read over and over again. And when Clifford's owner tells us that she'd rather have him than any other dog in the world, even adults will agree with her.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590341257
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Clifford
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 101,373
  • Age range: Up to 3 years
  • Lexile: 220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 4.82 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Bridwell

Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, MA with his wife Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

Biography

Growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, Norman Bridwell was always drawing. "I was not good at sports and my high school shop teacher, after a few days of class, took my tools away, telling me 'Here's a pad of paper instead. You seem to like to draw: stick to that,'" Bridwell remembers. But not everyone believed his drawings or writing would someday delight millions of children (and parents and teachers) around the world, a point he likes to stress when he visits schools, something which he does frequently. "I always liked to draw," Bridwell tells children, "but I was never considered very good. In school there was always someone better than me; the art teacher always liked their work better than mine. Teachers didn't like my writing either."

After high school, Bridwell wanted to turn his love of drawing into a career. He studied first at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and then moved to New York, where he took classes at another art school, Cooper Union, for two years. He then went to work as a commercial artist. It was in 1962 while he was working as a freelance filmstrip and slide illustrator and drawing mostly cartoons that Bridwell decided to put together a portfolio of colorful drawings and make the rounds of children's book publishers. Now married, with an infant daughter -- Emily -- he was hoping to supplement his income with some extra work illustrating books.

Bridwell visited about fifteen publishing houses but there were no assignments to be had, and even worse, seemingly little hope for any in the future. One editor at Harper & Row went so far as to tell Bridwell that his art by itself was just not good enough, and she didn't think anybody would ask him to illustrate a book for them. But amazingly enough, she also made the suggestion that helped bring him the phenomenal success he enjoys today. She advised him to write a story to go along with one of his pictures. She picked out his sketch of a baby girl and a horse-sized bloodhound and casually said, "There might be a story in this," Bridwell remembers.

He wasted no time in taking her advice, but he did decide to make the bloodhound even bigger and more of an "all-around" dog -- much like the dog he had wanted as a little boy, one that he could ride and who would be a fun companion. Bridwell remembers speaking to the editor on a Friday, and "By Monday, I had done this little book about a girl and her dog," he says.

Now all he needed were names for his characters. "I wanted to call the dog 'Tiny,' but Norma (his wife) said that was boring and suggested 'Clifford' after an imaginary friend from her childhood," Bridwell says. The little girl's name, however, was easy. Bridwell named her Emily Elizabeth, after his young daughter. He dropped off his drawings and manuscript at Scholastic and tried not to expect anything. Three weeks later the phone rang. Scholastic wanted to publish Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Despite his (and Clifford's) success, Bridwell, like anyone who does anything creative, still can't always predict how others will respond to his work. In just a few hours on the night before he was to meet with his editor about a Clifford book that he had worked on for many weeks, Bridwell drew some sketches and put together the text for what would become one of his most popular books, The Witch Next Door. Bridwell thought he was just bringing along something extra, but The Witch Next Door, about a kindly witch and her friendship with her two young neighbors, was accepted for publication while the Clifford book was rejected. "That's the way it goes," Bridwell says, calling The Witch Next Door a "happy accident."

But what he has obviously learned and what he tries to stress to young writers is that rejection is not a reason to give up. "Sometimes you'll do something that you really like and no one else does. You'll feel terrible, but you've just got to press on and keep trying. If you like doing it and keep working at it, then someday you will succeed."

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    1. Hometown:
      Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 15, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Kokomo, Indiana
    1. Education:
      John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
    2. Website:

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Big and Colorful for a 2 year old

    My grandson loves to look at the big colorful pictures and listen to me reading. Though he is only 20 months, this book holds his attention.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    If your child loves Clifford

    Our little 11 mo old loves dogs and we recently introduced her to Clifford on PBS. Although she is too young for us to read the story to her, she does really enjoy the pictures in this book.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Bright & Colorful Fun

    My daughter loves the Clifford cartoon on tv so it was only fitting that we couldn't leave the store without this book. Easily read and bright colors keep this book entertaining and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Perfect for First Time Readers

    Great for first book; colors attract babies attention easily. We read it almost everyday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2009

    Babies love it!

    This book's illustrations and durable format make it a great choice for babies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    short texts and bright colors

    I got this book for my 1 yr old daughter. I like it because the texts are short and I can read them at my daughter's turning pages pace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    My 19-month-old twins love this book!

    The simple text and large, colorful graphics of this book really appeal to toddlers. On each two-page spread, there's a drawing that features Clifford hiding, plus text that describes two items in the picture, then asks the child to point out Clifford. Once you've read the story to your child a few times, he or she will start pointing to Clifford at the right points in the story. My 19-month-old twins love doing this. (I'm going to order a second copy of the book from Barnes and Noble, since the first copy is getting worn out from so much use!)

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