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Clifford's Puppy Days (Clifford The Big Red Dog ) Paperback – August 1, 1989

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About the Author

Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, MA with his wife Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Clifford The Big Red Dog
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel; Reissue edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590442627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590442626
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,849,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Our younger daughter was very committed to Clifford stories, and got more laughs from them than anything else. That was particularly good since she was actually uncomfortable around big dogs.
If you know Clifford, you know that most of the humor comes from his "oversized" good intentions creating havoc with mere mortals and objects. Usually, Clifford saves the day for someone along the way, making good use of his size.
This book plays on the opposite theme, how ordinary objects overwhelm a tiny Clifford when he was a puppy. If you read this book first in the Clifford series, it will seem like a three or four star book. If you read it after some of the others, especially Clifford, The Big Red Dog, you will find the counter-humor much funnier and more charming. I based my rating on that way of using the book.
"Clifford wasn't always so big. When he was a puppy, he was very, very small." A ball is so big that it knocks Clifford over. A teddy bear falls over and pins him. He rides on an long-playing record on a turntable like a child would ride on playground equipment. Occasionally, he falls asleep in Emily Elizabeth's hat and cannot be found until she puts it on! He also rides on floating soap in the bath, until one day he slips off. After that, he gets his baths in a soup bowl. Daddy is "surprised" to learn that when he next eats his soup.
The main event is when Clifford climbs into Emily Elizabeth's aunt's purse without being noticed. When her aunt goes to a bake shop, she opens her purse to pay . . . and out pops Clifford, into all the gooey goodies! He makes quite mess.
How shall he get cleaned up? Her aunt bumps into a boy with a St. Bernard who likes whipped cream and makes short work of the mess.
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Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of puppies, kittens and baby bunnies, my daughter really enjoyed this book which tells of Clifford the dog's days as a puppy. The little girl in the tale has lots of fun playing with Clifford and sharing in his little adventures and misadventures.

This is a great book for bedtime reading, and it is illustrated with many humorous pictures.

Darien Summers, author of The Mischievous Hare, a children's book. The Mischievous Hare
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A Kid's Review on October 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Emily Elizabeth describes the things that Clifford did as a tiny puppy! The balls Emily would use to play with him were too big, and so was her teddy bear. She made a merry-go-round for him, which was a record on a record player. Clifford even slept in her hat! He was too small to take a bath in the bath tub so Emily had to use a soup bowl. But one day, Emily�s aunt came to visit and Clifford climbed in her purse. After Emily�s aunt left, Emily and her mom looked all over for their little puppy, but they couldn�t find him. Read the book to see how they find him!!
I think this is a good book for children. It shows that all big things were once tiny and harmless. I would recommend this book to children that are afraid of things that are big.
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A Kid's Review on December 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Clifford's Puppy Days is about Clifford the Big Read Dog when he was younger. He was very small and always got lost in things. He would hide in hats, and people's purses. I like this book because it has a little bit of comedy in it and is rather funny. It also talks about how Emily, his owner, takes care of him and loves him. I also like this book because when I was little I always wanted a puppy and my mom would never get me one. So I read these books to see what it would be like to actually have a puppy.
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