I’m pretty sure that nearly every child, and nearly every adult, knows, or knows of, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Sadly, the author of the famed books, Norman Bridwell, passed away last Friday, at the age of 86. His most famous works were the Clifford, the Big Red Dog books. Sadly, he is not the first children’s author we’ve lost this year. Eric Hill, the author of the Spot the Dog books, passed away earlier in the year.