Norman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Clifford's creator, Norman Bridwell attends Clifford The Big Red Dog 50th Anniversary Celebration at Scholastic Inc. Headquarters on September 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
386665 02: Illustrator Norman Bridwell, creator of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog,' poses with a pair of stuffed Cliffords at his home in Edgartown, MA., April 9, 1997. An Indiana native, Bridwell chose what became a successful career in illustrating children's books despite heart-breaking rejections from various publishing houses. (Photo by Stephen Rose/Liaison)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Clifford's creator, Norman Bridwell attends Clifford The Big Red Dog 50th Anniversary Celebration at Scholastic Inc. Headquarters on September 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Clifford's creator, Norman Bridwell attends Clifford The Big Red Dog 50th Anniversary Celebration at Scholastic Inc. Headquarters on September 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Author Norman Bridwell (L) and Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic Dick Robinson (R) celebrates Clifford The Big Red Dog's 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Scholastic Flagship Store on September 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/WireImage)
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Norman Bridwell, creator of the popular "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series of children's books turned into a PBS TV show, has died.

Scholastic, his longtime publisher, says Birdwell died Friday in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. He lived in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

Starting in 1963 with "Clifford, the Big Red Dog," Bridwell wrote and illustrated more than 40 Clifford books, from "Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors" to "Clifford Goes to Hollywood." More than 120 million copies have sold worldwide, along with cartoons, a feature film, a musical, stuffed animals, key chains, posters and stickers. Images of Clifford have appeared everywhere from museums to the White House.

Bridwell is survived by his wife, Norma, their daughter, Emily Elizabeth, son, Timothy, and three grandchildren.

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