Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Zog is the keenest dragon at school and tries his hardest to win a golden star. But he always seems to come up short. Thankfully a girl named Pearl is never too far away and helps him when he stumbles. In year four the dragons must capture a princess. Zog is determined to get that golden star, but will Pearl be able to help him this time? And will Pearl turn out to be the type of princess everyone excepts?
When the dragons learn to roar, Zog gets off to a “snowy” start, and then when he finally masters it, his wing tip catches on fire! This spread shows the brilliance of Julia’s rhymes as well as Axel’s wonderful illustrations which bring the story to life.
Zog is so endearing in his efforts to win a golden star and while at first Pearl seems to be there just to help Zog, Julia produces a wonderful twist that elevates this story. This is a story about trying your best, having the courage to stand out from the crowd and follow your dreams.
Picture Book Perfect Rating:
Five out of five stars.
Publisher: Alison Green Books, Scholastic
Publication date: 7 July 2016
ISBN: 978 1 497186 95 5
I am very grateful to (Santa) Scholastic for sending me Zog as part of a Twitter competition.