Zog (children's book)

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AuthorJulia Donaldson
Audio read byImelda Staunton
IllustratorAxel Scheffler
GenreChildren's picture book
Published2010 (Alison Green)
Media typePrint (paperback, hardback)
Pages32 (unpaginated)

Zog (rendered on the cover and title page as ZOG) is a 2010 children's picture book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, about a young accident-prone dragon, named Zog, who wants to be the best student in dragon school.


Booktrust reviewing Zog, wrote "The illustrations are as vivid, imaginative and amusing as you would expect from the illustrator of The Gruffalo, with subtle details that children and adults will love. The perfectly crafted rhyming text is ideal for reading aloud. And the ambitious princess is a great touch."[1]

Zog has also been reviewed by The Wall Street Journal,[2] Booklist,[3] and the School Library Journal.[3]

In 2010, the story book won the Galaxy National Book Award.[4]

An interactive Zog-themed woodland nature trail for children was installed at Grizedale in Cumbria in 2019.[5]

Publication history[edit]

Television adaptation[edit]

Magic Light Pictures produced a half-hour television adaptation, also known as Zog. Directed by Max Lang, it was broadcast on Christmas Day 2018 at 4:50 PM on BBC One. Magic Light previously adapted five other Donaldson/Scheffler books for the BBC, including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and The Highway Rat. It won the 2018 International Emmy for Kids Animation.[8]

Home media[edit]

Zog was released on DVD on 11 February 2019 in the United Kingdom.

Voice cast[edit]

  • Sir Lenny Henry as the Narrator.
  • Hugh Skinner as Zog, the orange accident-prone dragon who tries his best every day to win a golden star.
    • Rocco Wright as Young Zog.
  • Kit Harington as Sir Gadabout the Great, the knight in the story who, at one point, joins Zog for a fight.
  • Patsy Ferran as Princess Pearl, the princess who lives in a castle with her uncle and dreams of being a doctor.
  • Tracey Ullman as Madame Dragon, the green dragon and teacher at Dragon School who teaches the dragons throughout the school days.
  • Rob Brydon as the Horse / Castle Guards.

Zog and the Flying Doctors[edit]

The sequel, titled Zog and the Flying Doctors was published by Alison Green Books on 7 September 2016. On 12 November 2019, it was announced that Magic Light Pictures and BBC One would team up once again on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Zog And The Flying Doctors for Christmas Day 2020 at 2:35pm, with music by French composer and musician Rene Aubry. Zog and the Flying Doctors was released on DVD on 22 March 2021 in the United Kingdom.

Voice Cast[edit]


  1. ^ "Zog". booktrust.org.uk. Booktrust. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. ^ "In Brief: Children's Books". The Wall Street Journal. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2017.(subscription required)
  3. ^ a b "A gold star for Zog". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Galaxy National Book Awards". readingagency.org.uk. The Reading Agency. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  5. ^ Join Zog on his magical forest adventure at Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests, Cumbria Crack, 13 February 2019
  6. ^ "Zog". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  7. ^ "A gold star for Zog". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Magic Light Pictures' 'Zog' Wins International Emmy for Kids Animation". 31 March 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2021.