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A Gold Star for Zog

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  1,190 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
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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Mark Lawrence
Feb 17, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 18, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
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.
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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.

I also enjoyed
Jun 17, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story with stunning illustrations. Every child/parent should read this.
Craig Sisterson
Sep 29, 2016 Craig Sisterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoyed this one from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. They're a consistently great writer & illustrator team - most well known for The Gruffalo of course - and this one ticks all the boxes. The rhyming story is full of delight and near-perfect for reading aloud (there were only 2 lines where the rhythm seemed a touch off), with a great sing-song quality and plenty of fun words, humorous moments, and wee twists to keep little readers engaged and amused. The illustrations from Axel ...more
Emer Mattimoe
Jan 10, 2012 Emer Mattimoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Bhargavi Balachandran
A book that firmly shatters gender sterotypes - a princess who doesnt want to just wear a frilly
gown and just be a princess; a knight who would rather wear a stethescope and a dragon who
would rather help a bunch of docs. Very interesting storyline. Lo has already asked me to read
the book twice. I have a feeling this is going to be one of her favourites. She does take to Julia's
books easily, her favourites being Tyrannosaurus drip and Flum flum tree. The zany rhyming
quality in Julia's books
Katherine Dyson
Oct 14, 2012 Katherine Dyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2016 Sabrina rated it liked it
Author and Illustrator:
It is so hard for kids to say no to dragons. The author Julia uses dragons as characters to tell a tale about a young dragon going through dragon school determined to win a gold star. The illustrate in this book is very cute.
Personal Response to the Book:
Children will be able to relate to Zog as he tries his best to earn a "Gold Star" at dragon school. It is not a easy journey for Zog to get "gold star" but he never give up.
Evaluation of Educational Purpose:
It is a great
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
Dec 30, 2012 Beth Wood rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 22, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another lovely book, this one has much more humour in it than other ones I have read. My daughter loves how Zug and the princess keep meeting up all the time. When we first got this book I think I was forced to read it everyday for two weeks.
Emily Metroka
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?
Zoey Nealon
Dec 28, 2014 Zoey Nealon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely adorable. It is a children's book with inner child is going wild! =D

5 out of 5 stars!
Sophie Starshine
Nov 28, 2016 Sophie Starshine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like it because like how the princess wants to be a doctor and help her people, or should i say dragons.
Instead of being a princess that has to keep on fussing about paths and feathers
One of my son's favourites.
Kirsty Cabot
First read to Ivy 25/11/2016
Chandana Sudha
Stereotypes are broken :) Everyone makes their own choices/decisions...excelllent
Oct 12, 2016 Vikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is loved in our house by both myself and my daughter. I like that the princess in this book is motivated to go out and do something (be a doctor) rather than sit around in pretty dresses and wait for someone to rescue her. My daughter is also a fan of dragons so this a fun story for her that isn't trying to make the dragon too scary (she is 2).
Kirsty Cartwright
Used this book to plan a unit of work for a Year 1 class using Talk for Writing, and the children loved it. They were motivated and engaged by the dragons and had great fun.
Sharn Samra
Jun 07, 2013 Sharn Samra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jessica Bingham
Aug 27, 2012 Jessica Bingham rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Karen Burt
Apr 06, 2014 Karen Burt rated it really liked it

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
Sep 12, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am writing this with my fourth grade class.

We rate this book 4 and a 1/2 stars, because the main character persevered! He tried his best. The illustrations are cool, and the rhythm and rhyme made it fun to hear read aloud. I like that the girl is very caring and gives to the dragon. We like this because it is filled with dragons, princesses, and even doctors!
Today We Did
May 05, 2015 Today We Did rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Today We Did

Zog is the largest dragon in Madam Dragon’s class. He is learning to fly, roar and capture princesses, but while he tries very hard, he also tends to be a bit clumsy. Luckily for him, every time he hurts himself, a friendly girl comes along and helps him. As the years pass, and the girl grows older, perhaps they will find their true calling together.

Dragons, dragons, dragons. This book is about dragons, and much like they react to books about dinosaurs, my kids gravitated straight to
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
Oct 23, 2013 Aoife rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jul 03, 2013 Sanah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Matt Davies
Jun 24, 2016 Matt Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-by-women
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 ...more
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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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