Norman Bridwell

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Norman Bridwell
Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog, 2011.jpg
Bridwell in 2011, holding a copy of the first Clifford the Big Red Dog book.
Born (1928-02-15) February 15, 1928 (age 86)
Kokomo, Indiana
Occupation Writer and illustrator
Nationality American
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Clifford the Big Red Dog
Spouse Norma Bridwell
Children Emily Elizabeth[1]

Norman Bridwell (born February 15, 1928)[2] is an American author and cartoonist best known for the Clifford the Big Red Dog series of children's books.

Bridwell was born in Kokomo, Indiana, to Leona and Vern Bridwell.[3] He graduated Kokomo High School in 1945,[3] and went on to attend John Herron School of Art,[4] in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Cooper Union,[4] in New York City.

By 1962 Bridwell was married to his wife Norma, and they had an infant daughter Emily Elizabeth.[1] Bridwell put together a portfolio and attempted to get a job as an children's book illustrator but was rejected by around fifteen publishing houses.[4] While at Harper & Row, an editor offhandedly suggested he turn one of his drawings into a story. The drawing was of a baby girl and a horse-sized bloodhound, and the story became Clifford The Big Red Dog.[4] That book spawned over 40 best-selling Clifford books,[4] two television series,[5] merchandise,[6] and a live musical.[7]

Bridwell's other successful books include The Witch Next Door, and A Tiny Family. There are over 126 million copies of his books in print in 13 languages.[2]

Norman and Norma Bridwell have resided on Martha's Vineyard since 1969.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Fretts, Bruce (September 8, 2000). "Living A Dog's Life: Norman Bridwell". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ a b "Norman Bridwell". 
  3. ^ a b "Norman Bridwell - Never Give Up on Your Dreams". Howard County Memory Project. 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Biography: Norman Bridwell". KidsReads. The Book Report Network. 2012. 
  5. ^ "Program Summary: Clifford The Big Red Dog and Clifford's Puppy Days". Parents & Teachers. PBS. 
  6. ^ "Clifford The Big Red Dog". Shop PBS Kids. PBS. 
  7. ^ "Clifford The Big Red Dog Live Show". Scholastic. January 2012. 

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