Norman Bridwell, at 86, created ‘Clifford’ storybooks

December 17, 2014 5:02 AM

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Norman Bridwell, at 86, created ‘Clifford’ storybooks

To hear Norman Bridwell tell the story — and hundreds of millions of children around the world have read his tales for more than 50 years — Clifford the Big Red Dog almost never came to be.

Mr. Bridwell was living in New York City in the early 1960s with his wife and their new baby, and money was short. He was working as a commercial artist when his wife, Norma, suggested he try his hand at illustrating children’s books.

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