Read all about Clifford's BIG ideas! Classic Clifford reissued!
It only takes a little to BE BIG!
As a puppy, Clifford was so small Emily Elizabeth gave him a bath in a soup bowl! He was very easy to lose because he would find lots of hiding spots and end up in all sorts of mischief.
The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD'S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.
About the Author
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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When Clifford was a puppy he got in trouble not for being too big, but for being too small and always getting lost.Clifford was way cuter as a puppy.
Our younger daughter was very committed to Clifford stories, and got more laughs from them than anything else. That was particularly good since she was actually uncomfortable around big dogs. If you know Clifford, you know that most of the humor comes from his 'oversized' good intentions creating havoc with mere mortals and objects. Usually, Clifford saves the day for someone along the way, making good use of his size. This book plays on the opposite theme, how ordinary objects overwhelm a tiny Clifford when he was a puppy. If you read this book first in the Clifford series, it will seem like a three or four star book. If you read it after some of the others, especially Clifford, The Big Red Dog, you will find the counter-humor much funnier and more charming. I based my rating on that way of using the book. 'Clifford wasn't always so big. When he was a puppy, he was very, very small.' A ball is so big that it knocks Clifford over. A teddy bear falls over and pins him. He rides on an long-playing record on a turntable like a child would ride on playground equipment. Occasionally, he falls asleep in Emily Elizabeth's hat and cannot be found until she puts it on! He also rides on floating soap in the bath, until one day he slips off. After that, he gets his baths in a soup bowl. Daddy is 'surprised' to learn that when he next eats his soup. The main event is when Clifford climbs into Emily Elizabeth's aunt's purse without being noticed. When her aunt goes to a bake shop, she opens her purse to pay . . . and out pops Clifford, into all the gooey goodies! He makes quite mess. How shall he get cleaned up? Her aunt bumps into a boy with a St. Bernard who likes whipped cream and makes short work of the mess. 'The dog who brought him home was the biggest dog I had ever seen . . . until Clifford grew up.' The last two pictures show the contrast of Clifford, before and after, with the St. Bernard in both illustrations. Many children are attracted to the idea of having a puppy or kitten as a pet, but not to having a full-grown dog or cat. This book can be useful in explaining how the two are connected. You can also use this book to discuss with your child the ways that things that seem large to your child are really pretty harmless. Enjoy people and animals of all sizes and shapes! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution