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A Gold Star for Zogby Julia Donaldson
Synopses & 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 mysterious girl keeps coming to his rescue. And when Zog faces his toughest test yet, she may be just the person to help Zog win classroom glory!
The beloved creators of ROOM ON THE BROOM, THE GRUFFALO, and STICK MAN are back with this tale of an unexpected hero who's good as gold.
"In a fractured fairy tale of sorts from the duo behind The Gruffalo and other stories, Zog wants to be the best student in dragon school, but he crashes into a tree during flying lessons, gets a sore throat from roaring, and ignites his wings with his own fire breathing. A nice girl always appears just in time to patch him up, but she has troubles of her own: she's really Princess Pearl, who yearns to escape the royal life and be a doctor. Will Zog and Pearl get the happy endings they deserve? And what of Gadabout the Great, a knight who shows up to 'rescue' Pearl? Donaldson's rhymes are somewhat lackluster ('Zog went off to practice./ He tried and tried and tried,/ But he simply couldn't manage./ Ã¢Â€Â˜I'm no good at this,' he cried'), but while Scheffler's characters are straight out of fantasy, they exude a sweet, down-to-earth quality that makes them instantly sympathetic. Readers will get a kick out of the genial self-awareness in his cartooning — on almost every spread, a character glances at the audience as if to say, 'Can you believe this?' Ages 4 — 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson is currently being honored as the UK Children's Laureate, and has written many bestselling picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm.
Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include ROOM ON THE BROOM, THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE, and THE GRUFFALO. His illustrations have been published in more than thirty countries. He lives in London, England.
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