Happy Birthday Clifford the Big Red Dog
Some Facts About Clifford the Big Red Dog
1. Written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell
2. The dog’s original name was Tiny, but Bridwell’s wife, Norma, thought that was silly and suggested the name of her imaginary childhood friend.
3. Emily Elizabeth, the little girl who loves Clifford, was named for Bridwell’s infant daughter, who’s now 51 and a preschool teacher herself.
4. Bridwell’s manuscript was rejected by nine other publishers before Scholastic bought it. Now, with more than 100 tiles, there are 126 million copies in print.
5. In May 2012, it was reported that Illumination Entertainment, the company behind Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, will 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 will produce the film
Did you read Clifford the Big Red Dog as a child?