The pairing of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have produced yet another wonderfully entertaining children's book. Julia is one of the best writers of children's literature of recent times and her stories dance along on the perfectly written rhymes. The book has a flawless tempo which makes it an absolute delight to read out loud to the children.
Zog is a trainee dragon at Madame Dragons school where he is learning all the skills required to be a fearsome dragon when he is fully grown. He encounters a helpful young girl each year as her progresses through the school who turns out to be a princess with a rather unusual career plan.
Tristan bought this book with his World Book Day token and he is totally smitten. I have read the story to him almost constantly since we purchased it and he already knows the words. He is now practicing to be a dragon by following the lessons given by Madame Dragon in the story - it involves a lot of roaring.
It isn't just Julia's beautiful words that make this a must have addition to your children's book collection, it is the fabulous illustrations by Axel Scheffler as well. The characters are drawn and coloured in his usual vibrant and friendly style which makes any child fall in love with the funny looking dragons. There are things going on in every scene and a few well known characters are hiding behind trees and on rocks for you to find as you go along.
It is a fabulous book which comes a with a humongous recommendation from us.