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date: 17 January 2019


The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature

Daniel Hahn

Zagazoo (1998) 

A witty cycle-of-life picture book by Quentin Blake, which begins with a young couple, George and Bella, who have many hobbies in common, including making model planes and eating strawberry and vanilla ice cream. The postman delivers a parcel containing a baby—‘Its name is Zagazoo’—and the book shows this funny little creature growing by characterful stages into a young man himself (having first been through a vulture phase, a warthog phase, an elephant phase, etc.). Both simple and subtle, this is the funny, wise Quentin Blake at his very best.