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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review: Zog

By the award-winning creators of The Gruffalo, this is another wonderfully funny story that is sure to become a bedtime favourite.

Zog is the keenest dragon in school, but he's also the most accident-prone. He is desperate to win a golden star in at least one of the tests Madam Dragon sets for him and his classmates, but each year sees him just fall short. In Year One, he learns to fly … but crashes into a tree. In Year Two, he learns to roar … but gives himself a sore throat. In Year Three, he learns to blow flames … but sets his wing on fire.

Fortunately, during every setback a young girl seems to arrive to help at just the right time. She's armed with bandaids, soothing peppermints and bandages — just what Zog needs to get back on track!

And then it's Year Four and Zog has to learn how to capture a princess. Finally it's his time to shine as he learns that his young helper is none other than Princess Pearl and she's quite happy to be captured! But what will happen in Year Five, when Zog has to learn to fight and a knight named Gadabout the Great shows up to rescue Pearl?

Axel Scheffler's bright bold illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to Julia Donaldson's clever rhyming text. And the twist at the end is a wonderful reminder of the importance of not being afraid to be different and having the courage to follow your heart.

Title: Zog
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Scholastic, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781407115597
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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