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A gold star for Zog
Julia Donaldson
Easy Picture Book DONALDS

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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./ '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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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