"Sometimes you'll do something that you really like and no one else does,” said Norman Bridwell. Norman Bridwell has proved that if you like something you just go with what you want. He proved it when he was in high school; he liked to write but the teachers didn’t appreciate it. After taking a look at the life and work of Norman Bridwell, it is apparent that this writer deserves recognition as a profound American author.
Norman Bridwell was born on February 15, 1928 in Kokomo, Indiana (TEACHERS). He always dreamed of going to college to study to be an instructor but he never had enough confidence to do it (About the Clifford). It took him a long time to get his confidence back; once he got his confidence back he went to college and studied what he wanted. He was not good at any sports, he was a nerdy kid in highschool so he was bullied a lot. One day his gym teacher gave him a pencil and a notebook so when he had gym he would draw or write stories (TEACHERS). Norman always had time to write and draw and if he didn’t have time he would make time.
Norman had a lot of things that influenced him. Some things that influenced him was his mom. His mom influenced him by having him read books with her for hours and he loved to read with his mom (TEACHERS). He wanted to do better when one editor from Harper and Row went so far and told Norman that his art was not good enough. Some people in public would always tell him that his art would never fascinate millions of children (EBMA - Bridwell). In school there was someone who was better than him and the teachers would like the students art and writing instead of Normans (The Man Behind Clifford).
Norman Bridwell's first book was Clifford the Big Red Dog (TEACHERS). The book was published in 1962 by Scholastic (About the Clifford). Clifford the Big Red Dog is a about a little girl named Emily Elizabeth who gets a red puppy named Clifford. She got so connected to her that she wished so hard for Clifford to grow really big (TEACHERS). Norman got the idea to write this book by his drawing that he made of a little girl and and her pet dog. This...