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Zog and the Flying Doctors {a picture book review}

Zog and the Flying Doctors

Since my children came along I have enjoyed reading the stories by Julia Donaldson as much as my children have. Yesterday I heard that the latest book to be animated is The Highway Rat and will be screened at Christmas 2017. That feels like quite a long time so I was also pretty pleased to discover a new book had been published by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Theirs is such a winning combination so when I spotted a copy of Zog and the Flying Doctors in the supermarket, I popped it in my trolley.

Zog and the Flying Doctors is the original sequel to the bestselling ZOG (which was published back in 2011).

Meet the Flying Doctors
a dragon, knight and girl.
Their names are Gadabout the Great,
The Flying Doctors soar over the countryside, tending to sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn, and even a sneezy lion. But can they save the King when he falls ill?

Zog and the Flying Doctors

As soon as my son saw the cover he reached for it and read it himself. At 6 I thought he might be too old for this kind of story but he loved it. He later read it to his 4 year old sister who enjoyed it too. It’s a great sequel to Zog and a fun story in it’s own right. We all enjoyed the illustrations and soon spotted the hidden Gruffalo – did you know Axel Scheffler hides one in every Julia Donaldson book he illustrates?

When we read the book again yesterday my daughter asked to read all the other books we have by¬†Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. She can’t wait to learn to read at school so she can read them herself. But for now she is happy sharing books with me and looking at the pictures.

You may be interested in some of our other Julia Donaldson story book posts and crafts:

Gruffalo Cupcakes

Gruffalo Bento

Gruffalo Crumble Cupcakes

Gruffalo activity trail

Gruffalo story stones

15 Gruffalo activities

How to make a Gruffalo cave

Gruffalo Storytelling session

Stick Man activity trail

Ladybird stones (What The Ladybird Heard)

How to craft Stick Man (Stick Man)

Room on the Broom pom pom art (Room on the Broom)

Superworm activity trail

Beach treasure Tiddler craft (Tiddler the Story Telling Fish)

A Squash and a Squeeze activity for toddlers (A Squash and a Squeeze)

Making our own Superworm (Superworm)

Stick Man suncatcher craft (Stick Man)



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    Mellissa Williams
    September 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I adore Julia Donaldson books. The illustrations by Axel Scheffler are great and the rhyming captures kids imaginations. I love the Gruffalo and Room On A Broom

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    September 15, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I love the Gruffalo, such a brilliant story. I’ll have to check this one out for my nephew!

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    Zog the dragon animation brings magic this Christmas -
    December 14, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    […] books but my little girl loves dragons and this remains one of our favourites, as does the sequel Zog and the Flying Doctors. I love the fact that although it features princesses and knights it has a twist, perfect for my […]

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