What a sad day for children’s literature! Norman Bridwell, creator of the wildly popular Clifford the Big Red Dog franchise, died on Friday Dec. 12.
Norman Bridwell, 86, has passed away. The writer and illustrator who originated the Clifford the Big Red Dog children’s series died late last week at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. So Sad.
Norman Bridwell, Creator Of Clifford The Big Red Dog, Dies
A children’s literature icon has passed away. Norman, who wrote and illustrated over 40 editions in the Clifford The Big Red Dog, had been suffering from a number of ailments before he took a fall in his Edgarton, Massachusetts home last month.
He was hospitalized for the final weeks of his life. Norman died peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Friday.
More than 120 million copies of Clifford books have sold worldwide, and the cuddly red puppy that’s bigger than a house has been the focus of cartoons, a feature film, and mountains of stuffed animals, stickers, keychains, clothing, and other merchandise.
Norman had even completed two more Clifford books, set to be released sometime in 2015.
Several generations have grown up with the Big Red Dog! It’s so sad that the man who dreamed him up has passed on.
Clifford’s influence has touched the careers of several entertainment and literature icons. Actor John Ritter voiced Clifford on some of the cartoons, and author Suzanne Collins worked on Clifford scripts years before launching the Hunger Games franchise.
“A lot of people were Clifford fans and that makes them Norman fans, too,” his wife of 56 years, Norma Bridwell, told the Associated Press.
Isn’t this so sad, Hollywoodlifers? Were you big fans of of Clifford growing up?
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