- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Alison Green Books; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407115561
- ISBN-13: 978-1407115566
- Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 28.2 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Zog Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Zog is all about a young dragon at Dragon School. He's really very keen and tries his best with all of his lessons, but somehow things keep going wrong and he keeps having accidents. Luckily, every time he gets into a scrape a mysterious girl comes along and fixes him up with plasters and bandages etc. Finally, Zog has to attempt the hardest task of all - capturing a princess - and finds that he's really not very good at it. He's feeling very sorry for himself when along comes the girl again - can she save the day this time?
Of course, as you'd expect this book has a happy ending...although I've only given it 4 stars instead of 5 because the ending felt a little bit forced somehow and our little boys didn't immediately fully understand it. However, that said, it's still a lovely rhyming text that mostly trips off the tongue and the pictures, as ever, are a joy to behold. There are so many little details in the illustrations that we could sit for ages whilst the boys point out all the insects, animals and other goings on in the background.
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone with little ones as you generally can't go wrong with a Julia/Axel book. However, if you've not yet read "Room on the Broom", "Gruffalo" or "The Snail and the Whale" by the same authors then I would recommend those even more highly than this.
This is a lovely book which appeals to both boys and girls. Our almost 4-year-old boy enjoys the "dragony-ness"(!) of it, and I've tested it on a wider audience by reading it to his pre-school class who all loved the illustrations and the trademark Donaldson rhyming story. The story is simple to understand but complex enough to prompt questions from keen pre-schoolers and the illustrations are full of lovely details. It makes excellent bedtime reading as it's just the right length to be part of a "2 story" session!
My son hunts this book out amongst his ever growing collection, it is a firm favourite. Also there is enough of a story for parents to avoid chewing their own limbs off in boredom (none of the state the obvious "an Orange is Orange drivel").
If you like this I also recommend Giraffes Can't Dance.
It's a fun story to read to my group of preschoolers, though not one of their favourites - it isn't quite as rhythmic as 'The Gruffalo', 'Room on the Broom', 'The Snail and the Whale' or 'Tiddler' - but I rather enjoy some of the concepts. The dragon-theme of the whole book is very appealing to youngsters, but this is arguably the most message-filled of the Donaldson stories to date.
There are dragons, knights and princesses - but, led by the princess, all are ultimately determined to buck their stereotypical story-tale roles. The princess doesn't want to be a princess, since it's kind of boring being a damsel in distress. Instead, she'd rather be a doctor and help people - and her rebellion leads Zog (the titular dragon) and her would-be rescuer knight to also reveal that they would prefer to help people, instead of embracing their expected violent career paths.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sent to my niece she really loved it. It was in excellent condition.Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Janet M. Wilce
Fantastic book. My daughter loves it. Read it thee times in a row when we got itPublished 19 days ago by gareth
A lovely book, a bit "old" for my almost 2 YO little boy, but he'll be up for it in a couple of months.Published 21 days ago by MR C INGHAM
Any of the book from Julia Donaldson is a must for kids. And illustrations by Axel Scheffler are brilliant.Published 27 days ago by peter
Julia Donaldson - what can be said Fantastic story stunning illustrations - I buy every book she publishesPublished 1 month ago by J. S. Macpherson
We love the Julia Donaldson books and this one is no exception! Cute story, great rhymes and my little one asks for this again and again!Published 1 month ago by smash7
Much loved by nephew aged 5, as with any Julia Donaldson book, big success!Published 1 month ago by PaulaNI2006
What can I say but we have enjoyed endless nights of reading this book. My little one loves it and even joins in the story telling.Published 1 month ago by Cally F.