Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor : The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

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Description

Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets... While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere - she even brought a crocodile to school!

When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the Natural History Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children's tea parties - with her komodo dragon as the guest of honour.

With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination.

'Delectably stylish' SUNDAY TIMES

'The illustrations by Felicita Sala are full of rich colour and telling details and bring this unusual book to glowing life.' IRISH INDEPENDENT
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Product details

  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 218 x 281 x 6mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1783447419
  • 9781783447411
  • 17,329

Review Text

"This amazing story of a largely unknown scientist – and pioneer of the care of Komodo dragons – is a fascinating read"
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Review quote

"Delectably stylish... Beautifully composed images by Felicita Sala are informative about reptiles and 1920s style" -- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times * "...lyrical prose...the illustrations are full of unusual colours and telling details." * Irish Independent - Books of the Year 2018 * "The illustrations by Felicita Sala are full of rich colour and telling details and bring this unusual book to glowing life." * Irish Independent * "This amazing story of a largely unknown scientist - and pioneer of the care of Komodo dragons - is a fascinating read" * BookTrust * "This is a lovely book about a remarkable woman, told in simple language with stunning illustrations" * The School Librarian *
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About Patricia Valdez

Patricia Valdez (Author)
Patricia Valdez is a scientist who loves writing for children. She earned her PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Institutes of Health. Originally from Texas, she now lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor is her first picture book. Visit her at PatriciaValdezBooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @Patricia_Writer.

Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
Felicita Sala is a self-taught artist who studied philosophy at the University of Western Australia. She has worked on several animation projects, but her passion is making picture books. Felicita lives in Rome with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at FelicitaSala.com, FelicitaSala.blogspot.com, and Instagram.com/felicita.sala
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Rating details

1,364 ratings
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4 40% (552)
3 11% (144)
2 1% (7)
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