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Clifford the Big Red Dog

(Clifford the Big Red Dog)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  79,327 ratings  ·  819 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 kids, this book was pretty entertaining. However, for an adult, it is not worth the read.
Tatsuhiro Sato
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! ...more
 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.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Famu favorite. Even the older kids sat down to listen to me read this. Clifford books are good read out loud stories.
Jenna Vahue
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I read this for my Halloween costume. How could not you not like an enormous red dog?

“You can keep all your small dogs. You can keep all your black, white, brown, and spotted dogs. I’ll keep Clifford...Wouldn’t you?”

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. ...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
I should not have borrowed the audiobook version. It's a cute story. It probably works a lot better in its regular book form. ...more
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 boo
Ellie Slama
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
David Blaylock
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
The plot just didn't hold my attention. ...more
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.
Shirley Revill
Love this children's book. Published some time ago but still a family favourite. Recommended. ...more
Gary Vassallo
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Had fun reading this to my 2 year old. A great book for youngsters with beautiful illustrations and an easy to follow story.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was cute enough, but my five-year-old absolutely adored it and wanted to read it again immediately. He found several parts funny. I love books that appeal so strongly to kids!
Lauren Allen
I never realized how alarming Emily Elizabeth's eyes were.... They are a little soulless, tbh.

It is pretty good that Cedric can say "big, red dog" by himself now, though.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
I hate Clifford.
Anne Forrest
Macie’s review.
“I was very happy that Clifford kept the burglars away & I love Clifford.”
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has a shocking ending. I don't want to spoil it but it will make you rethink everything you know about friendship. ...more
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Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book from my childhood. Nice memories. Intriguing pictures. An all-round must read for kids.
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 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
love this book!
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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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