Zog

by

Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Sheffler

Reading Age: 6+

Interest level: 3+

by

Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Sheffler

Zog is a keen dragon at Dragon School who aims to be the best in his class and win a golden star. The story follows his attempts at learning to fly, roar and breathe fire, leading to a series of minor injuries for which a mysterious girl provides assorted bandages and plasters.

 

There are numerous twists in the tale; the girl turns out to be a princess whose ambition it is to be a doctor rather than wearing silly dresses and hiding in castles, and the knight who comes to rescue her would rather ‘wear a twisty stethoscope’ than armour.

 

The illustrations are as vivid, imaginative and amusing as you would expect from the illustrator of The Gruffalo, with subtle details that children and adults will love. The perfectly crafted rhyming text is ideal for reading aloud. And the ambitious princess is a great touch.

 

Publisher: Alison Green books

About the authors

  • Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular writers. Her bestselling titles include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. Although she is best-known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow and spends a lot of time on stage performing her brilliant sell-out singalong shows!

     

    Julia Donaldson is the Children's Laureate 2011-13.

     

    http://www.juliadonaldson.co.uk
    © Alex Rumford
    © Alex Rumford
  • Axel Scheffler

    Axel was born in Hamburg, Germany. At school he was good at art, but didn't think of a career in illustration until he won a cuddly purple cow in a drawing competition. He moved to England in 1982 to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art, and then set up home in London.

     

    He was the illustrator for Julia Donaldson's first picture book, A Squash and a Squeeze - the start of a hugely successful partnership. Their bestselling modern classic, The Gruffalo, has sold millions of copies. His books have been translated into 42 languages.

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When Zog was younger, his teacher taught him to fly and he flew into a tree, so a girls put a plaster on his head.

Rating: 5 star
Calisha-Ashni
Watford
27 July 2015

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