A big dog celebrates a big birthday this year.
Clifford, the Big Red Dog, first appeared 50 years ago, along with Emily Elizabeth, the little girl who loves him.
Today we have Norman Bridwell, to talk with NPR's reporter on his dog's 50th birthday. So, Norman, tell us how it all started.
Well, it was 1962 and I was struggling, not very successful artist in New York.
My wife suggested that I try my hand in painting for children's books.
So I did ten paintings and took them to publishers.
I was turned down everywhere, except one publisher, where a young woman told me I wasn't very good.
So if I wanted to paint for a book, I needed to write one on my own.
So you did?
Umm, the woman pointed to a painting I'd done, about a little girl with a big red dog.
And she said "maybe that's the story". And I went home.
And over that weekend, I wrote the story Clifford the Big Red Dog, and was shocked when it was accepted for publication because I'd never written anything before.
I see. How wonderful!
Yes, it was. My wife was also at shock when she did realize it wasn't a dream. But it was just luck.
And that luck turned into 90 Clifford books that have sold 126 million copies in 13 languages.