Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Alison Green Books
Purchased: Harrods

Why: Well here is a fun story – back in my carefree, childless days, my husband and I used to travel quite a bit. On one such trip we found ourselves at Harrods in London, up in the book section. I had somehow never stumbled upon this section on previous trips to the store. In any case, we had recently been talking about trying to start a family and I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to buy a book for the child we would one day hopefully have. So this is the very first book we ever bought for our son and it holds a special place in my heart for that reason.

Pros: What’s NOT to like here? Wonderful rhyme, beautifully intricate illustrations, a hidden Gruffalo for fans to find, and a message about pursuing what you love no matter what you’re supposed to do.

Funny Note: The US version of the book is called “A Gold Star for Zog” while the British version is simply “Zog”. Since that’s the version we have, I’m sticking with the title we know.

Ps. Get used to Julia Donaldson around here. You’re going to see a LOT of her!

Durability: 3 bite marks. For a paperback this has gone through quite a lot with little wear to show for it. My son did manage to rip one page (see the picture) but it’s been a few months since he made that tear and it hasn’t gotten any worse so that’s a plus.


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