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Meet Zog – the brand new character from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of
Stick Man and the Gruffalo.

ZogZog has just started in Year One and is the most enthusiastic dragon in school. But he's also the most accident-prone - flying into trees and setting himself on fire. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help Zog with his toughest test: capturing a princess?

Zog is a warm and funny tale of the importance of friendship and of trying to succeed against the odds. As an extra treat, will your child be able to spot the Gruffalo hiding somewhere in the book?

Click here for the chance to a win a signed hardback first edition of Zog, and more! 



ZogBuy your copy of Zog here


Zog interior


And in case you don’t already own these classic titles…

Tabby McTat Tiddler Stick Man

Tabby McTat - Buy here

Tiddler - Buy here

Stick Man - Buy here

"absolutely purr-fect stuff" THE TIMES

"picture-book perfection" INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"A cracker of a book" FINANCIAL TIMES


Need a handy way to get your kids reading more? Here are some Mumsnetters' top tips


  • "I think the point is more that at this age books should be attractive and alluring - she should be developing real pleasure and interest in books rather than reading. If she loves books then the reading is way more likley to follow that love..." pagwatch
  • "Look and say method, a child learns the whole word at once rather than as a series of letters or sounds. To teach whole words, the teacher may use flashcards and/or pictures to represent the word. The teacher might sound out the word for the child and ask the child to repeat the word rather than sound it out for himself/herself" mrz
  • "DD is making a scrapbook of her holidays. Just stuff like pressed flowers, tram tickets, photos, drawings. She is writing a little bit on each page, not sure if it's enough to keep her hand in, but she wants to do it, so that's fine by me" ixia
  • "My son knew the sounds for all the letters in the alphabet well before he started school. But it was never forced and that is the important thing. We just had fun playing games and spotting letters." rosie79


For more ideas on developing your child’s love of reading, and for downloadable picture book reading notes, visit www.scholastic.co.uk/storytime 

About the authors

JuliaJulia Donaldson is one of today’s most successful authors for young readers. Previously, Julia was a song-writer for BBC TV shows, including Playdays. Although she is best-known for her picture books, Julia also writes novels and plays. She lives in Glasgow.

Congratulations to Julia on the recent birth of her first grandchild, Poppy, to whom ZOG is dedicated!



Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his children’s book illustration, and his books have been translated into over twenty languages.

Born in Germany, Axel now lives in London and has a small daughter.




Look out for Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler at an event near you soon.

For a full list of all of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s books, visit www.gruffalo.com










Last updated: over 3 years ago