Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

By Patricia Valdez
Illustrated by Felicita Sala

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.

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

  • Nominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal!
  • The inspirational story of an incredible woman's life and passion for her work showcases a strong female role model.
  • Joan Procter lived in London and worked at the Natural History Museum and London Zoo.

About the 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.

About the illustrator

Felicita Sala is a self-taught Artist Biography 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

ISBN: 9781783447411
Imprint: Andersen Press
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: June 7, 2018
Dimensions: 216 x 280mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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