Although Clifford the big red dog has a successful Hollywood career, he gets homesick and returns to his master.
About the Author
Hometown:Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:February 15, 1928
Place of Birth:Kokomo, Indiana
Education:John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
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Clifford Goes to Hollywood based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Clifford went to Hollywood and became a big star. He had fun at first, but then it was too much and he missed Emily Elizabeth, so he returned home to her.
Our younger daughter adored Clifford, and your children will, too! Part of the appeal of these books is that adults like them, too. You will find them a good launching pad for sharing your own perspectives about life with your child. Because Norman They are modern fables without the scary parts. Since Mr. Bridwell both draws and writes the books, you will find that the humor and story-telling are very well integrated. You could almost ¿read¿ this book without the words, which makes it attractive for youngsters who are still learning to read. The words are simple, and the book can quickly be memorized in order to have a ¿reading¿ experience before all the words can be decoded. Then real reading quickly follows. Clifford Goes to Hollywood is a real joy for young people. By the time they are ready for this book, television, movies, and celebrities are part of their lives. What child hasn¿t dreamed about becoming a big star? The story explores that subject, but with a twist. Clifford is discovered, not Emily Elizabeth, and the story describes his experiences in the silver screen capital. If your child is not familiar with Clifford, the Big Red Dog, the book does not require any background from the other Clifford books. This book opens with a sequence where Emily Elizabeth and Clifford are shown having fun together. Then, a man passes by and notices Clifford. The man wants to know if Clifford would like to be in the movies. Of course! But first, there¿s a screen test, and you will enjoy a series of very funny drawings of Clifford acting up a storm. Clifford gets the part, and the movie is a runaway success with Clifford as the star. Soon, he is surrounded by the accouterments of celebrity, in dog fashion. These include an elaborate dog house, fancy dishes and food, many servants to wait on him, beautiful and valuable dog collars, a bone-shaped pool (this will be sure to elicit giggles), his footprint in the cement in Hollywood, TV talk show appearances (where Emily Elizabeth can watch him) and fans everywhere. Clifford also experiences the downside of being a celebrity. Fans won¿t give him any privacy (they are even in his food dish!). Some even snip out his hair, leaving him looking very mangy indeed. But worst of all, he has no little girl to play with. When Clifford sees a girl and her dog playing outside of his walls, he¿s sad. That night, he escapes over the wall . . . and comes home to Emily Elizabeth, where he can really be happy! Your child can have lots of fun with this book . . . thinking about playing with Clifford, imagining what it would be like to have a dog who is a movie star, imagining life as a movie star her- or himself, and comparing fame to the good life at home. Norman Bridwell has done a fine job in this story of providing many lessons, without putting a negative cast to the book. Clifford just gets to pick the better of both worlds. I was also glad that Emily Elizabeth was not sad when Clifford went away. Her cheering for Clifford sets a good example for being happy for the success of friends, as well. How do you choose in your life between greater success and more closeness to those you love and care about? Are you happy with the balance you have selected? Put first things first! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise