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A Gold Star for Zog

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The ultimate back-to-school quest from bestsellers Donaldson and Scheffler

What do dragons learn at Madam Dragon's school?
How to fly. . .
How to roar. . .
How to breathe fire!

Zog is the most eager student in the class, but he's also the most accident-prone. With each test (and each bump, bruise, or scrape), his dream of earning a gold star seems further away than ever.

But a
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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This is another great read from the Donaldson/Scheffler team. The illustration’s are in the same vein as those you would expect from Gruffalo and the like; clever, funny, brightly coloured and plenty to accompany the story for a little reader.

The story of the dragons made me smile alot. It’s great to see them learn how to be dragons and make plenty of mistakes along the way. Dragon school looks cool and is a great idea for children to relate too.

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I can't help but think that this would have been a better story had the author not bothered with making it a rhyming book. The story in general was fun, but the rhymes were SO FORCED.
Emer Mattimoe
This is a story about a young dragon who is attending Dragon school. He is very keen and tries really hard with all his lesson, however, things always seem to go wrong and he is constantly having accidents. Every time he hurts himself a mysterious girl comes along and bandages him up. One of Zogs task is to capture a princess who turns out to be the girl who always helps him. She is happy for zog to capture her as she is happy to escape from her royal life. Zog gets his gold star and the princes ...more
Mark Lawrence
Celyn went into hospital today for a procedure under General Anaesthetic and while she was out I nipped down from the Children's Hospital to the nearby Waterstones and picked this up (also signed 3 Prince of Thorns & 1 King of Thorns copy (Bristol, Galleries)). We read it together while she was recovering before going home.

Nice read. Not quite Room on the Broom or Stickman quality, but a solid 3.75 stars. The fairybook princess and rescuing knight both throw off their stereotypes and opt to
Katherine Dyson
Zog is a dragon who grows up from being in year one at school to year six. There is an emphasis on the stages in school, which can be related to the real world and it would also be great to link to mathematics for simple rote counting. Zog is also a rhyming book that can be used to develop a child’s phonics skills. It incorporates the rule of three as the dragon hurts himself three times and is helped by a princess each time, this helps children to follow the story and prediction can be included ...more
Jules (Never enough time to read)
Zog is definitely a new favourite in our home, it is a beautifully written story with lots of nice rhymes and repetition , but it is perhaps not as good as some of the other Julia Donaldson books like the Gruffalo. However, the illustrations are spectacular and it really is one of the brightest, well illustrated baby books that we own so far.

It's also nice to read a story where the princess doesn't want to be a princess but a Doctor.
Beth Wood
It is difficult to tell a story in rhyme scheme that holds its meter and flow. This book keeps the rhyme convincingly going throughout, it's a good story, it has repetitive language (which I like) and the illustrations are really fun. Another plus is that it contains both mail and female characters. Winner!
Emily Brown
So cute. About a dragon who wants to be the best in class, but just can't cut it. Every year something bad happens to him and a little girl helps him. She and him grow up, and she becomes the doctor for the dragons until a knight comes to rescue her! But does she need him?
This is such a fun book. Zog is a dragon and tries really hard to do well at dragon school. The only problem is that he's a bit accident prone. When learning to fly, he runs into a tree. When learning to breathe fire, he sets his wing alight. Fortunately, each time he hurts himself, a mysterious girl pops out of the woods with her medicine bag and patches him up. But his biggest test comes when he has to capture a princess. Will he succeed and graduate from dragon school with flying colours? The ...more
This has been on the book trolley for ages but somehow I have neve rgot round to reading it which is very unusualto say it is a Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler book who I have been a huge fan of ever since I first heard the Gruffalo a few moons ago.
You see the dragon each year trying and trying to learn dragon things and failing each time - as children do.

Lovely to see the other female character go against the grain and stand up for herself and go for what she wants. Children's books are de
Jane Mercer
A lovely tale of a young dragon going through dragon school determined to win a gold star.
My granddaughter loved the book, it rhymes, mostly, and liked the repetition of some of the lines.
The dragon learns to fly, breath fire and capture princesses usually hurting himself to be helped by a princess each time. A very independent one who wants to be a doctor, so to does the knight sent to rescue her and they can't on a horse so the dragon offers to help and so they become flying doctors. A nice t
Jessica Bingham
This is a story about a little dragon named Zog who wants to be the best student in his dragon school. His first test is learning to fly. Zog ends up flying into a tree and falling and hurting his head. He meets a nice little girl who puts a band aid on his head and he feels better. He flies away. A year goes by and Zog must learn to roar like a proper dragon. He roars and roars until his throat starts hurting. Along come the same little girl, just a year older, and she gives him a peppermint st ...more
Zog is a young dragon who desperately wants to win a gold star in his dragon classes. Unfortunately, he isn’t having much luck. Flying classes ended with him crashing into a tree, though he was patched up with a band-aid from a young girl. In Year Two, Zog learned how to roar. The same girl, a little older now, offered him a peppermint for his scratchy throat after he tried too hard. The next year, Zog learned how to breathe fire but set his own wing on fire. Again, the girl was there to bandage ...more
Karen Burt

This book is full of colorful, fun illustrations that add to a story about dragons attending school. Children will be able to relate to Zog as he tries his hardest to earn a "Gold Star" at dragon school, falling short each time. Zog flies into a tree, becomes hoarse when he roars and catches his wing on fire when he is practicing breathing fire. Each time Zog gets hurt a nice girl helps him out by bandaging his wing or offering him a peppermint for his throat. In the fourth year of Dragon School
Sharn Samra

Zog is an accident prone dragon that attends Dragon school to learn a new skill every year. He is determined to receive a gold star and every year he sets off independently to try and achieve his goal. When he sets off on his own he causes accidents, only to be rescued by a very caring girl who takes care of Zog’s bumps and bruises ready to set him off in the “blue”, known as the sky. The tasks become harder each year and by year four Madam Dragon sets out a task to capture a princess, he is uns
Michelle at Booksmykidsread
Zog is an eager student at Madam Dragon's school, but he is also accident prone. Each year the dragons work on mastering a new skill and each year a mysterious girl comes to his aid when he manages to get hurt - crashing into a tree when learning to fly, losing his voice when learning to roar, and burning his own tail when learning to breathe fire. When it comes time to learn to kidnap a princess, he just can't seem to do it. He runs into the girl again and explains that he will never win a gold ...more
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. He's feeling very sorry for himself when along comes the girl again - can she save the day this time? Axel Scheffler does not disappoint with his vibrant illustrations packed full of new and exciting ...more
Julia Donaldson - thank you! It's very nice to see a book about a princess that isn't all pink and fluffy! Here, the princess wants to be a doctor, she's brave and decisive, and nurses Zog back to health after he fails in his dragon lessons.

Burned wings, hoarse throats, and bashed noses, this is a funny book, with absolutely brilliant illustrations from Axel Scheffler.

This is a book I'd quite happily read a thousand times.
Not as totally awesome as the Gruffalo, but pretty great. The illustrations are fabulous, absolutely recognizable. And my son loved finding the squirrels, the mouse and the fox from the Gruffalo. All the elements of a great storybook are in there: elevated elements, humor, a bumbling underdog who wins out in the end and an interesting twist at the end. There's even a non-traditional princess.
Jack Lloyd
Zog is from the creators of The Gruffalo. This book is based on a young dragon called Zog and he is at a dragon school. The message behind the story is that Zog wasn't very good at new challenges but when he practiced and practiced, he became better and towards the end of the story he received a 'golden star'. The book contains rhyme throughout and is good for lower key stage 2.
Michelle Brandstetter
This is a beautifully illustrated children's book! The story, like most children's books, conveys a message. In this one, Zog finds out no matter how much he way want to achieve in school, he needs a little help from a new friend to get to the gold star he covets so highly. Once he realizes this, he and his new friend find out they may be able to break the mold of their respective roles and strike out together to do something completely unheard of in their world. But this something, could bring ...more
This wonderful story is about a dragon named Zog. Probably the keenest dragon in school, but he's also the most accident-prone. He is desperate to win a golden star, 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 and in year three, he learns to blow flames … but sets his wing on fire.

Fortunately, he meets a young girl who seems to arrive to help at just the right time. She's armed w
I'm not sure if there's anything by Julia Donaldson with Axel Scheffler that isn't good, but at the risk of sounding repetitive: another triumph! Well done!

Love the messages in this one - people making themselves useful by following their own paths. Working together. Breathing snow. Etc.
Matt Davies
Zog is a young dragon learning how to be a dragon at dragon school. Throughout his schooling he is helped out of various scrapes by a little girl who grows up to be a princess. The story is told in rhyming verse and is beautifully illustrated. The thing I love most about this book is how it subverts the traditional tropes: the princess wants to be a doctor, the knight who comes to 'rescue' her decides he'd rather she taught him medicine, Zog chooses a career as an air ambulance and even the knig ...more
Shahida Zia Gill
Yet another fabulous story.
Zog is a flying dragon who is persistent and continues to practice despite being prone to lots of accidents.
A good story to say don't give up and keep trying.
Geetha Lavaniya
Thoroughly enjoyedvreadingvthis book with my four year old son. Great book to encourage early reading.
Another Julia Donaldson picture book on its way to being a classic! It is beautifully illustrated by Axel Scheffler and tells the story of Zog the dragon who is not quite like other dragons.

This is a great addition to any bookshelf but it will probably be snatched by Key Stage 1. Any child however, will love the moral behind the story and it would be ideal for any EAL or SEN to add to their reading collection, especially as a home book.

It is a great addition to phonics lessons as it is written i
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A Gold Star for Zog – what a great book for a class to discuss character development, trying your best but not succeeding, making friends, determination, and being eager. Zog is a dragon who goes to school but can’t quite learn how to fly, roar, and breathe fire. He meets a mysterious girl who patches him up after his many bumps and bruises so he can go back to school and try to earn that elusive gold star. Kids will identify with Zog and cheer him on with every attempt he makes to learn a new d ...more
Another great kids book.
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I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho
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