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Clifford the Big Red Dog

(Clifford the Big Red Dog)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  66,014 ratings  ·  704 reviews
Emily Elizabeth describes the activities she enjoys with her very big red dog and how they take care of each other.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Scholastic (first published 1963)
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When I was little I loved EVERYTHING Clifford! I remember wishing I could have a dog as big as he was :) You cannot go wrong with any of the books in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series. I have read pretty much ALL of the book's, but there is no way I'm gonna go through and rate all of them individually. There are just too many for that. These stories are super sweet and teach about friendship. The books are addicting and impossible not to fall in love with Clifford and all of
Did you ever get over the original despair of learning that a big, red dog like Clifford was unattainable?
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This has all of the ingredients of the ideal book for me:

1) It is about dogs

2) The dog is RED

3) There is a long family history of loving this book. Behold, my dad:


So what happened? Why didn't I loooove it? I think those three factors just resulted in the perfect storm. And I am easily prone to over-stimulation. Maybe I just need to wait until I'm a bit older. Maybe I just need to wait until I'm sitting on the can.
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
For a kids book, this was pretty entertaining. However, for an adult, it was not worth the read.
Rahul Holani
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Clifford , Do you ?
Did anyone forget about their favorite big red dog Clifford. If you never read it when you were a toddler, then I ask you, Why. I loved reading Clifford books. 👍
Katherine Cowley
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A classic kids book, and a must read. This book is all about expectations--Clifford does all the same things that a normal dog does, but on a different scale, with different consequences (for example, he likes to chase cats, which means he scares a lion at the zoo). The constant reversal/twisting of expectations is what makes the book delightful, and makes me not mind reading it aloud again and again. (The "trouble" Clifford makes is something that is maintained in all the spin-off books, but yo ...more
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes red dogs
great book...easy read. Compelling story about a very large animal-I think it was a dog and its owner Emily Elizabeth. I did't know a dog could grow so big. Does anyone know what type of dog Clifford is? One problem I have with the story is it never explains how Emily cleans up after him- that would be one big pile of stuff!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I sure did love this big red dog growing up.
Rachel Aranda
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved learning to read with these books. Clifford the Big Red dog helped me love dogs even more.
Steve Holden
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, Clifford! I've always been a softie for dogs and dog books. I loved the Clifford series as a child! I owned them all, and read them so much! I loved the idea of a big dog. And red? Get out of here! It had such an impact that when I was so fortunate as an older child to get to pick out a dog and breed from my parents - my final choice was between an Irish Setter (red) or a Newfoundland (big). I went big with the Newfoundland, and have never gone back from the breed. I'm not nearly as cool as ...more
Hákon Gunnarsson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now that's what I call a big dog. It's the size of a house. I'm just glad I don't have to feed him, but walking him would be interesting. All in all, I think it's a nice funny and children's book.
Guadalupe Sanchez
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Clifford the big red dog by Bridwell Norman
Genre: Comedy, Humor, Reading level: P-2 grade Format: good
General fiction, animal stories

Clifford the big red dog is a book about a girl named Elizabeth and her dog named Clifford. Elizabeth talks about how she has a big dog compared to the other people around her neighborhood and how she enjoys playing with Clifford. The book is also about Clifford doing tricks and how the dog isn’t perfect in how he chases cars and cats. As I was reading the book
Ellie Slama
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A sweet and cute story about friendship. Clifford is a fun, lovable, and goofy big red dog.
Gary Vassallo
Had fun reading this to my 2 year old. A great book for youngsters with beautiful illustrations and an easy to follow story.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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April Wells
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: other
This was a books that I enjoyed as a very young reader and I enjoyed reading it aloud to my niece.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book from my childhood. Nice memories. Intriguing pictures. An all-round must read for kids.
Brady B
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
David Blaylock
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
The plot just didn't hold my attention.
Ethan H
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the better novels that I have ever read. It has so many clear, and simple details. Overall, if you are looking for a quick, and easy read to pass the time. This book is for you.
ANTHONY(new) Edgerly
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response
My cousin enjoys the book. She sat down and I read it to her and then she read it to me. She really likes the pictures and colors. She thinks Clifford is an awesome book. The quality of the writing was pleasing and my little cousin enjoyed the pictures.

The plot tells how Emily talks about her dog, Clifford. She says that her dog is a big red dog. She also talks about how he chases cars and chews on shoes. My little cousin loved how the pictures went with the words so she cou
Rhonda Lee
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Clifford is one of the most popular series for many children! I used to read it a lot when I was younger and i still would recommend it to many young readers. Clifford is one of the biggest red dog that you will ever read about. His size is enormous but don't let that fool you, he is the softest and most playful pet you could ever meet! In this fantasy book of Clifford you will meet what kind of dog he is and the games that he enjoys playing. At first, some kids and neighbors are shocked by his ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I love reading novels to my children, especially when they are ones that promote more reading to my kids, because they relate to something that they already know and enjoy- like a popular kid's TV show. However, I have found that the older my son gets, the more he's beginning to realize when they just don't make since.

The ending in each of these Clifford stories were abrupt and sudden, and some of the things that Emily E. and Clifford were doing just didn't make since (like playing with bear cu
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I also read this book to my little sister. She loves "Clifford the Big Red Dog". I like this book and the other Clifford books Norman Bridwell wrote because they aren't all about things that are so unrealistic, except for the fact that the dogs talk to the humans and the size of Clifford. Amanda liked this book because Emily, Clifford's owner, talked about all of the things she likes to do with Clifford. My sister, including me, agreed it would be cool to have a dog that you could talk to and so ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Clifford, the big red dog, is probably one of the most loved and recognizable children's book character. He is lovable, and like them, has trouble fitting in as he makes his way through life. His person, Emily Elizabeth, loves him and the Clifford books subtly send positive messages about caring, loyalty, friendship, and responsibility. In this first book, Emily, introduces the reader to her dog, Clifford, and traces the ups and downs of life raising a jumbo size dog. Even though Clifford is fif ...more
Gulzar Malji
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once there was a puppy called Clifford. He grew and grew until he was really big. He grew so big that he could not fit in his home any longer. He is owned by a little girl who loves him more than anything in the world. When Clifford goes out, everyone is scared by him but really Clifford is a kind dog with a caring, loyal heart.

This is a great EYFS book for introducing size vocabulary such as 'big' and 'small.'
It is also great for introducing different types of animals as part of developing KUW.
Kristine Hansen
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I sometimes wonder at what the story was behind this book. How was it the author came up with such a monstrously huge dog as the pet for a little girl. I think sometimes that every child at some point wishes they had a pet that would be loyal and fun and also a protector from whatever bullies plague them. I think we love Clifford because he embodies so many traits of what makes the 'perfect pet.' Whatever the reason, Clifford is fun even after reading about him to my children for the millionth t ...more
David Johnston
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
"I hate Clifford the Big Red Dog. There’s seven books about Narnia that cover the birth and death of a nation, and mice with swords and a lion who’s a god. They did it in seven books. There’s fifty books about Clifford the Big Red Dog and they all tell the exact same story: Look how big this dog is! That’s it! That’s the whole book! Here’s how big he was at the fire house! Here’s how big he is at Thanksgiving!’ Who gives a shit! You just drew him big! You, on purpose just made him bigger than pe ...more
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Norman Bridwell was an American author and cartoonist, best-known for the Clifford the Big Red Dog series of children's books. Bridwell attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lived on Martha's Vineyard, MA, where he wrote an average of two books a year.

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