Clifford the Big Red Dog (book series)

American children's book series

Clifford the Big Red Dog is an American children's book series. It is about a giant red dog named Clifford. It was first published in 1963 and was written by Norman Bridwell. Clifford is Scholastic's official mascot.

Clifford the Big Red Dog
AuthorNorman Bridwell
CountryUnited States

Characters change

  • Clifford: A 2-year-old male red dog whose appearance, disposition and behavior are based on a giant dog. His size is inconsistent: While he is often shown being about 25 feet (7.5 m) tall from paws to head, Clifford can appear far larger. The character's name is based on the imaginary childhood friend of creator Norman Bridwell's wife, Norma Bridwell. Bridwell originally wanted to name the dog "Tiny". His wife persuaded him that "Clifford" was better. Clifford's pet owner is Emily Elizabeth. Clifford has a mother, two brothers, and two sisters, all normal-sized dogs. Clifford was originally the runt of the litter, seemingly fated to be small and sick, but grew to an enormous size apparently due to Emily Elizabeth's love and care. Clifford's character was created when a Harper & Row editor advised Bridwell to write a story to go along with one of his pictures. Bridwell recalls she picked out his sketch of a baby girl with a horse-sized bloodhound, and casually said, "There might be a story in this" because there always was one.
  • Emily Elizabeth: Clifford's owner and human friend, an 8-year-old girl. She is frequently portrayed riding him like a horse. She was named for creator Norman Bridwell's daughter and based on the imaginary adventures of Bridwell's wife. The TV series adaptation gives her a surname, Emily Elizabeth Howard, and changes the background, with her receiving Clifford as a surprise present on her 6th birthday instead of picking her out as a Christmas present.

List of books change

Title Year Notes
1. Clifford, the Big Red Dog 1963
2. Clifford Gets a Job 1965
3. Clifford Takes a Trip 1966
4. Clifford's Halloween 1966
5. Clifford's Tricks 1969
6. Clifford, the Small Red Puppy 1972
7. Clifford's Riddles 1974
8. Clifford's Good Deeds 1975
9. Clifford at the Circus 1977
10. Clifford Goes to Hollywood 1980 Reissued in 2010 under the title: Clifford is a Star
11. Clifford's ABC 1983
12. Clifford's Christmas 1984
13. Clifford's Family 1984
14. Clifford's Kitten 1984
15. Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors 1985
16. Clifford's Pals 1985 Reissued in 2010 under the title: Clifford's Best Pals
17. Clifford's Manners 1987
18. Count on Clifford 1987
19. Clifford's Birthday Party 1988
20. Clifford's Puppy Days 1989
21. Where is Clifford? 1989
22. Clifford's Happy Days: A Pop-Up Book 1990 Pop-up book
23. Clifford's Word Book 1990
24. Clifford, We Love You 1991
25. Clifford's Animal Sounds 1991
26. Clifford's Bathtime 1991
27. Clifford's Bedtime 1991
28. Clifford's Peekaboo 1991
29. Clifford Counts Bubbles 1992
30. Clifford Follows His Nose 1992
31. Clifford's Happy Easter 1992
32. Clifford's Noisy Day 1992
33. Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit 1993
34. Clifford, I Love You 1994 Pop-up book
35. Clifford the Firehouse Dog 1994
36. Clifford's First Christmas 1994
37. Clifford and the Big Storm 1995
38. Clifford's First Easter 1995
39. Clifford's First Halloween 1995
40. Clifford's Sports Day 1996
41. Clifford's First Autumn 1997
42. Clifford's Spring Clean-Up 1997
43. Clifford's First Valentine's Day 1997
44. Clifford's Peek-And-Seek Animal Riddles 1997
45. Clifford and the Big Parade 1998
46. Clifford Keeps Cool 1998
47. Clifford Counts 1 2 3 1998
48. Clifford Makes a Friend 1998
49. Clifford: Where is the Big Red Doggie? 1998
50. Clifford's First Snow Day 1998
51. Oops, Clifford! 1998
52. Clifford and the Halloween Parade 1999
53. Clifford Grows Up 1999
54. Clifford's Best Friend: A Story about Emily Elizabeth 1999
55. Clifford's Big Book of Things to Know 1999
56. Clifford's First School Day 1999
57. Clifford Barks! 2000
58. Clifford to the Rescue 2000
59. Clifford Visits the Hospital 2000
60. Clifford's Opposites 2000
61. Clifford's Schoolhouse 2000
62. Clifford's Big Red Reader 2001
63. Clifford's Furry Friends 2001
64. Clifford's Happy Mother's Day 2001
65. Clifford's Puppy Fun: A Lift-The-Flap Board Book With Stickers 2001
66. Clifford's Valentines 2001
67. Clifford Runs to Story Time 2001
68. Clifford's Busy Week 2002
69. Clifford Goes to Dog School 2002
70. Clifford's Neighborhood: Lots to Learn All Around Town 2002
71. Clifford Loves Me! 2003
72. Clifford's Class Trip 2003
73. Clifford's Day with Dad 2003
74. Clifford's First Sleepover 2004
75. Clifford Goes to Washington 2005
76. Clifford's Puppy Days: Christmas Angel 2005
77. Clifford the Champion 2009
78. Clifford Makes the Team 2011
79. Clifford Goes to Kindergarten 2015
80. Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah 2015

Adaptations change

Videos change

Karl-Lorimar Home Video released the video Clifford's Sing Along Adventure around 1986. Warner Home Video re-released it in the mid-1990s.

In 1988, Scholastic Studios, Film Roman, Nelvana Limited, TMS Entertainment, Wang Film Productions, and Family Home Entertainment released Clifford's Fun With, a videotape series with a theme song composed by Phillip Namanworth and Benjamin Goldstein. The episodes on the release are: "The ABC Message Service", "Clifford's Birthday Surprise", "The Scavenger Hunt", "The Rhyme Cat Rescue", "Clifford Goes to Hollywood", and "The Pet Show". Musician Brent Titcomb was the voice of Clifford, and actress Alyson Court was the voice of Emily Elizabeth. In the late 1990s, a television station in Spain aired the direct-to-video series for a short period of time.

Television change

Scholastic Media produced a 65-episode adaptation shown on PBS Kids. It aired from September 2000 to February 2003. Clifford was voiced by actor John Ritter. Emily Elizabeth was voiced by Grey DeLisle. There was also a 39-episode prequel series that took place during Clifford's puppyhood. It aired from September 2003 to February 2006. Lara Jill Miller was the voice of Young Clifford. During that time, a movie released in theaters served as the show's finale. It was released in February 2004. No new episodes were released after John Ritter's death. In December 2019, a new series was released. It premiered on December 6, 2019 for Amazon Prime Video and December 7, 2019 on PBS Kids. Adam Sanders voices Clifford and Hannah Levinson voices Emily Elizabeth.