Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Clifford the Big Red Dog
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AuthorNorman Bridwell
CountryUnited States
PublisherScholastic Books
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For the television show, see Clifford the Big Red Dog (TV series).
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog logo.svg
AuthorNorman Bridwell
CountryUnited States
PublisherScholastic Books
Norman Bridwell, the creator and author of the Clifford the Big Red Dog book series, in 2011.

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an eponymously titled American children's book series about a big red dog named Clifford. It was first published in 1963 and was written by Norman Bridwell (1928-2014). The series helped establish Scholastic Books as a premier publishing company,[citation needed] and Clifford himself is Scholastic's official mascot.

Clifford was the runt of a litter of puppies and was chosen by a city child named Emily Elizabeth as her birthday present. No one expected him to grow, but Emily's love for her tiny red puppy changed him dramatically. Before long, he was over 25 feet (7.6 m) tall, forcing the Howard family to leave the city and move to the open spaces of Birdwell Island. He met friends there including, Cleo, Mac, and T-Bone.


The White House 2003 Christmas decoration of Clifford the Big Red Dog

List of books[edit]

Clifford, the Big Red Dog1963
Clifford Gets a Job1965
Clifford Takes a Trip1966
Clifford's Halloween1966
Clifford's Tricks1969
Clifford, the Small Red Puppy1972
Clifford's Riddles1974
Clifford's Good Deeds1975
Clifford at the Circus1977
Clifford Goes to Hollywood1980Reissued in 2010 under the title: Clifford is a Star
Clifford's ABC1983
Clifford's Christmas1984
Clifford's Family1984
Clifford's Kitten1984
Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors1985
Clifford's Pals1985Reissued in 2010 under the title: Clifford's Best Pals
Clifford's Manners1987
Count on Clifford1987
Clifford's Birthday Party1988
Clifford's Puppy Days1989
Where is Clifford?1989
Clifford's Happy Days: A Pop-Up Book1990
Clifford's Word Book1990
Clifford, We Love You1991
Clifford's Animal Sounds1991
Clifford's Bathtime1991
Clifford's Bedtime1991
Clifford's Peekaboo1991
Clifford Counts Bubbles1992
Clifford Follows His Nose1992
Clifford's Happy Easter1992
Clifford's Noisy Day1992
Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit1993
Clifford I Love You1994Pop-Up
Clifford the Firehouse Dog1994
Clifford's First Christmas1994
Clifford and the Big Storm1995
Clifford's First Easter1995
Clifford's First Halloween1995
Clifford's Sports Day1996
Clifford's First Autumn1997
Clifford's Spring Clean-Up1997
Clifford's First Valentine's Day1997
Clifford's Peek-And-Seek Animal Riddles1997
Clifford and the Big Parade1998
Clifford Counts 1 2 31998
Clifford Makes a Friend1998
Clifford: Where is the Big Red Doggie?1998
Clifford's First Snow Day1998
Oops, Clifford!1998
Clifford and the Halloween Parade1999
Clifford Grows Up1999
Clifford Keeps Cool1999
Clifford's Best Friend: A Story about Emily Elizabeth1999
Clifford's Big Book of Things to Know1999
Clifford's First School Day1999
Clifford Barks!2000
Clifford to the Rescue2000
Clifford Visits the Hospital2000
Clifford's Opposites2000
Clifford's Schoolhouse2000
Clifford's Big Red Reader2001
Clifford's Furry Friends2001
Clifford's Happy Mother's Day2001
Clifford's Puppy Fun: A Lift-The-Flap Board Book With Stickers2001
Clifford's Valentines2001
Clifford Runs to Story Time2001
Clifford's Busy Week2002
Clifford Goes to Dog School2002
Clifford's Neighborhood: Lots to Learn All Around Town2002
Clifford Loves Me!2003
Clifford's Class Trip2003
Clifford's Day with Dad2003
Clifford's First Sleepover2004
Clifford Goes to Washington2005
Clifford's Puppy Days: Christmas Angel2005
Clifford the Champion2009
Clifford Makes the Team2011
Clifford Goes to Kindergarten2015[3]
Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah2015[3]


Clifford The Big Red Dog with Laura Bush and many children at the White House Easter Egg Roll, 2007.


In 1988, Scholastic Studios, Mendelson-Melendez Productions, Nelvana, Wang Film Productions, and Family Home Entertainment released "Clifford's Fun with...", a videotape series with the theme song by Phillip Namanworth and Benjamin Goldstein. Brent Titcomb voiced Clifford and Emily Elizabeth was voiced by Alyson Court. Lorimar Productions released the video "Clifford's Sing Along Adventure" around the same time. Warner Home Video re-released it in the mid-1990s.


Scholastic Studios produced a television adaptation shown on PBS Kids, which aired from 2000 to 2003.

Live-action/animated film adaptation[edit]

In May 2012, it was reported that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment would make a live-action/animated feature film based on the book. Matt Lopez had been hired to write the script, while Chris Meledandri and Deborah Forte would produce the film.[4] In July 2013, it was reported that Illumination Entertainment had dropped the project.[5] On September 13, 2013, it was reported that the film is still in development at Universal Pictures and David Bowers is in talks to direct the film.[6] Like the 2011 film Hop, the titular dog character will be animated while the other characters will be live-action.[6] On August 1, 2014, Universal Pictures scheduled the film for a release on April 8, 2016.[7]

Video games[edit]

Original Series

Modern Series

See also[edit]


^ Media and Culture, 5th ed., Richard Campbell, Christopher R. Martin and Bettina Fabos.

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  2. ^ a b "Clifford the Big Red Dog - Don Markstein's Toonopedia". 2004-02-20. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b Weber, Bruce (December 16, 2014). "Norman Bridwell, Creator of ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Books, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved December 20, 2014. Two additional Clifford books, “Clifford Goes to Kindergarten” and “Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah,” are scheduled for publication by Scholastic in 2015. 
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (May 8, 2012). "Illumination and Universal Adapting 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Debruge, Peter (July 17, 2013). "Illumination Chief Chris Meledandri Lines Up Originals for Universal". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2013. At the same time, Illumination has scrapped a number of planned movie ideas. “Waldo” and a Tim Burton-helmed, stop-motion “The Addams Family” are dead. The company abandoned a Woody Woodpecker pic, and couldn’t crack “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” 
  6. ^ a b Shaw, Lucas (September 13, 2013). "David Bowers in Talks to Direct ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’; Illumination Drops Off (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Clifford the Big Red Dog Movie is Coming in 2016". August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 

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