Zog (children's book)

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AuthorJulia Donaldson
Audio read byImelda Staunton
IllustratorAxel Scheffler
GenreChildren's picture book
Published7 July 2016 (Alison Green)
Media typePrint (paperback, hardback)
Pages32 (unpaginated)

Zog (rendered on the cover and title page as ZOG) is a 2016 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]

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.

Home media[edit]

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

Voice cast[edit]

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 yet again to bring Zog And The Flying Doctors for Christmas 2020.

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. ^ "Zog". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  6. ^ "A gold star for Zog". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 17 December 2017.