Bridwell is survived by his wife, Norma; their daughter, Emily Elizabeth; son, Timothy; and three grandchildren. Before his death, Bridwell had completed two more Clifford books that will be released in 2015: "Clifford Goes to Kindergarten" in May and "Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah" in the fall.
These books have always appealed to kids. I have to admit that always seem to irritate me a bit. The stories, here and in the many other Clifford books, are just fine. Very sweet, with just the right amount of silliness. But the illustrations have always seemed second rate at best. The scale of the dog changes from page to page, the drawing is sort diffuse and scattered, the scene doesn't always seem to me to really fit the text, although, to be fair, the drawings are always bright an colorful.
So how big is Clifford? Very big. More than 126 million Clifford books are in print in 13 languages. And an animated TV series is in its 12th season on PBS Kids. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Clifford book,