Zog Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010
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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.
It is a great story, about a dragon called Zog who goes to school to learn dragon ways and meets a princess, its very entertaining. The imagery of the book is really good as well, Axel Schaeffer is a great artist and Axel and Julia work well together to create books that children will love.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, it is funny and a pleasure the read over and over and over again. I would strongly recommend it.Published 1 day ago by Clemntine
Yet another favourite of my daughter's. Lovely book which encourages children to do well at school.Published 5 days ago by SRC17
My little 2 year old girl loves it. We have to read it most nights.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm really disappointed- this item was listed as the paperback version of 'zog and the flying doctors'. They are totally different books and shouldn't be on the same listing. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Miss C.
My three- and four-year olds love this book. I love that it undermines the princess narrative.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love Julia Donaldson books and zog doesn't disappoint. Lovely drawings as ever and great story. Board book recommended for 2/3 year oldPublished 1 month ago by S Byrne