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Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor


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Times were changing and Joan Procter was leading the way! The inspirational story of the pioneering female scientist who loved reptiles, and went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo.

About the Author

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 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,, and


"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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