Elizabeth tells me that Easter is coming up fast. When I asked her what Easter is, she said, “I think I have a dog book about it!”
We went downstairs to the Children’s book room and found it: Clifford’s Happy Easter by Norman Bridwell. It’s a book for little two-leggers!
Clifford is a big red dog. When I say he’s big, I mean he’s really BIG. Just look at the cover photo… See the little girl hiding behind his ear? That’s REALLY REALLY BIG!
“I’ve never seen a dog that big,” I said to Elizabeth. “Is the illustrator using what you call artistic license?” Apparently that is nothing like a dog’s license, which I have rattling about on my collar with my rabies and name tags. Artistic license is where an artist fudges the facts to emphasize his or her point. I think….
“No, I think he’s real. He lives in Alaska. I thought it was just a story until I saw his footprint on the side of the highway going to Tok. It was huge… about twelve feet across!” I looked at her in disbelief. “I know, Stella. But it’s true! It could only have belonged to Clifford the Big Red Dog.” She says her brother didn’t stop so she could take a photograph.
I don’t believe her. Two-leggers see something in a book and they seem suddenly to become the most gullible creatures on the face of the planet.
Anyway… Clifford’s Happy Easter. It’s a silly book for little two-leggers up to about six years of age. It’s all about how, after a busy day painting Easter Eggs (What’s that all about? Eggs are for eating, not painting! Unless they’re peeping, like some I found on the shore one day. Then you leave them alone and very soon, little swimming flappers break out of them! It’s amazing!), Clifford’s very little two-legger (maybe she’s just so tiny that she makes Clifford look bigger), ends up dreaming about painting Clifford when she falls asleep that night.
But the story will make your little two-leggers laugh.
And, if you buy the book through the links on this blog before March 31, it will make a homeless dog in Kenora happy, too! Remember, I’m giving my commission on this and all my previous Tail Thumper sales to It’s a Dog’s Life, Kenora’s dog fostering network to help look after all my homeless dog friends here. Get them while we still have stock at
my Elizabeth’s bookshop!