Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

For fans of Ada Twist: Scientist comes a fascinating picture book biography of a pioneering female scientist--who loved reptiles! 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 preferr For fans of Ada Twist: Scientist comes a fascinating picture book biography of a pioneering female scientist--who lov...

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Title:Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
Author:Patricia Valdez
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0399557261
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles Reviews

  • Kristy
    Mar 27, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

  • Robyn Schultz
    Apr 16, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

  • Kirsten
    Apr 03, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

  • Tasha
    Mar 03, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

  • Barbara
    Mar 31, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

  • Melissa Stoller
    Nov 30, 2017

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

  • Clementine
    Apr 13, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

  • Shauna Yusko
    Aug 11, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

  • Laura Harrison
    Apr 20, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

  • Peacegal
    May 30, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

  • Margie
    Aug 11, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

  • Sarah Lynne
    Dec 18, 2017

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

  • KC
    May 09, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

  • Martha
    May 16, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

    Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, ...

  • Cathy Mealey
    Mar 20, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

  • Cathy Mealey
    Mar 28, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

  • Stephanie Tournas
    May 03, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

  • Heidi Burkhart
    May 19, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

  • QNPoohBear
    Jun 01, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

  • Alexandra Calaway
    May 03, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

  • Laura G
    Aug 18, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

    Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, ...

    What a remarkable woman! I had never heard of her until this book came along. The story about her love of reptiles was so wonderful. I had always heard how dangerous Komodo dragons were and was quite alarmed that she allowed one of hers to roam freely at events! I know they have every ...

    This is a fascinating non-fiction picture book biography about Joan Procter, a lady who was born in 1897 in London England, and who grew up to become the head curator of the Natural History Museum's reptile & fish department and the curator of reptiles, as well as the designer of t...

    There is so much to love in JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR. First off, that title! Secondly, the illustrations are as charming as can be and really transport the reader to Joan's world. Lastly, and most important, is how much I adored learning about Joan and what she was passionate about....

    I read this to my mother who is 81 and she really enjoyed it. I also read this to a fifth grader that I tutor, and he loved it. We started a very small notebook with ideas for stories and book reports in the front and new vocabulary in the back. He was excited to add this book to the f...

    What a remarkable woman! Largely self-educated, she contributed so significantly to the field of herpetology (study of amphibians and reptiles). Even more amazing is that she accomplished all that she did by age 34, when she died of a chronic intestinal illness. I loved reading about h...

  • Kathy
    Apr 25, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

    Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, ...

    What a remarkable woman! I had never heard of her until this book came along. The story about her love of reptiles was so wonderful. I had always heard how dangerous Komodo dragons were and was quite alarmed that she allowed one of hers to roam freely at events! I know they have every ...

    This is a fascinating non-fiction picture book biography about Joan Procter, a lady who was born in 1897 in London England, and who grew up to become the head curator of the Natural History Museum's reptile & fish department and the curator of reptiles, as well as the designer of t...

    There is so much to love in JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR. First off, that title! Secondly, the illustrations are as charming as can be and really transport the reader to Joan's world. Lastly, and most important, is how much I adored learning about Joan and what she was passionate about....

    I read this to my mother who is 81 and she really enjoyed it. I also read this to a fifth grader that I tutor, and he loved it. We started a very small notebook with ideas for stories and book reports in the front and new vocabulary in the back. He was excited to add this book to the f...

  • Beth Anderson
    Feb 23, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

  • Christy
    Feb 10, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

  • Cat
    Mar 21, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

    Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, ...

    What a remarkable woman! I had never heard of her until this book came along. The story about her love of reptiles was so wonderful. I had always heard how dangerous Komodo dragons were and was quite alarmed that she allowed one of hers to roam freely at events! I know they have every ...

  • Baby Bookworm
    May 03, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

  • Viviane Elbee
    Feb 26, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

    Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, ...

    What a remarkable woman! I had never heard of her until this book came along. The story about her love of reptiles was so wonderful. I had always heard how dangerous Komodo dragons were and was quite alarmed that she allowed one of hers to roam freely at events! I know they have every ...

    This is a fascinating non-fiction picture book biography about Joan Procter, a lady who was born in 1897 in London England, and who grew up to become the head curator of the Natural History Museum's reptile & fish department and the curator of reptiles, as well as the designer of t...

  • Jen Betton
    Dec 04, 2017

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

    Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, ...

    What a remarkable woman! I had never heard of her until this book came along. The story about her love of reptiles was so wonderful. I had always heard how dangerous Komodo dragons were and was quite alarmed that she allowed one of hers to roam freely at events! I know they have every ...

    This is a fascinating non-fiction picture book biography about Joan Procter, a lady who was born in 1897 in London England, and who grew up to become the head curator of the Natural History Museum's reptile & fish department and the curator of reptiles, as well as the designer of t...

    There is so much to love in JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR. First off, that title! Secondly, the illustrations are as charming as can be and really transport the reader to Joan's world. Lastly, and most important, is how much I adored learning about Joan and what she was passionate about....

    I read this to my mother who is 81 and she really enjoyed it. I also read this to a fifth grader that I tutor, and he loved it. We started a very small notebook with ideas for stories and book reports in the front and new vocabulary in the back. He was excited to add this book to the f...

    What a remarkable woman! Largely self-educated, she contributed so significantly to the field of herpetology (study of amphibians and reptiles). Even more amazing is that she accomplished all that she did by age 34, when she died of a chronic intestinal illness. I loved reading about h...

    Joan Procter liked to invite slithery and scaly guests to her tea parties ? she even had a pet baby crocodile! When she gets older, Joan works at the natural history museum and takes care of the reptiles at the London Zoo ? including real, live, Komodo dragons! Joan's tea parties c...

  • Jessie Oliveros
    Mar 21, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

  • Kat Harrison
    Jun 28, 2018

    JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR (written by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, published by Alfred A. Knopf). When I saw the cover and title for this book, I thought I would like it, but it was when I saw the endpapers that I KNEW I would love it. With ?dragon? in t...

    This inspiring story about a woman scientist hits just the right notes. From the first page, where the author writes, "while other girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan read books about lizards and crocodiles," the reader wants to find out what happens next. And the boo...

    One of the best picture book biographies I have ever read. A compelling subject, entertaining and extremely well researched and written. The illustrations are magnificent. There is even an actual photo of Joan with her pet alligator included. Phenomenal! ...

    As a child, Londoner Joan Proctor didn't love parties and dances, she loved lizards and snakes. A stunning biography on a remarkable woman who rocked the science world and sadly died entirely too soon. ...

    A hero for any nerdy girl, so a hero for me. ...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello, friends! Our book today is Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, written by Patricia Valdez and illustrated by Felicita Sala, the story of the nota...

    Although I'm no fan of zoos--yes, I know they serve a purpose, but I always feel sad at the thought of various species in captivity and I know that some zoos have not been the best places for many animals--I was excited to read this brief picture book biography about a woman who defied...

    Joan Proctor was an early 20th-century herpetologist at the British Natural History Museum and London Zoo. Without much formal education in science, she developed a passion for studying reptiles and amphibians early on in life. A sickly child, her best friend was her pet crocodile! She...

    This was a HUGE hit with my animal-obsessed preschooler. It discusses the career and accomplishments of a pioneering herpetologist in a kid-friendly and humorous way. Procter?s chronic illness and wheelchair use are also touched upon. The back matter provides valuable biographical in...

    I loved the story! The illustrations were wonderful. [Only two things bothered me. When Joan is 16 she receives a baby crocodile. The illustration makes Joan look like a seven year old! On the facing page is an illustration of Joan taking that same crocodile to school. The two stud...

    Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Procter loved lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. She dismissed dolls in favor of her animals, even having a baby alligator as a pet and taking it to school with her. But Joan was born in the late 1800s, so girls were not expected to study ...

    Really liked this book! Made me want to learn more about Joan Procter. There is an excellent bibliography at the end, so that's easy. ...

    Yes! Pair it with Ada Twist, Scientist. And SO many other girl scientist biographies. ...

    Gorgeous and really really interesting. ...

    The author weaves a great true story about a fascinating, trailblazing young woman who loved reptiles. In the 1920s, she became a world-renowned expert who ran the London Zoo's reptile house and, apparently without a lot of formal training, could perform delicate surgeries on dangerous...

    Cool art and a pretty decent overview of a pioneer woman working with reptiles, but the incredibly oblique references to her chronic illness coupled with pictures of her riding through a zoo in a wheelchair were a little jarring. ...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    Lovely language and engaging illustrations energize this amazing picture book biography about a trailblazing scientist from debut author Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala. Fascinated by reptiles from an early age, Joan Procter followed her childhood passion for slithery,...

    With a touch of humor, this biography follows the path of a girl who was different, one who was fascinated by reptiles. Like these creatures, she was unique, quiet, and interesting. When the Komodo dragon was discovered, it inspired curiosity and fear. Joan, not only led the way in stu...

    I've been reading many picture book biographies lately, and this one definitely stands out. Joan Proctor loved reptiles as a child--studying them, caring for them, watching them, even having tea parties with them! As an adult, she became the first female curator at the Reptile House of...

    This is a superlative picture book biography of an interesting woman who became a herpetologist in the 1920's, when women were thought incapable of doing such a job. What I especially like is the believable description of Procter as a young girl - how she loved reptiles and followed he...

    4.5 stars -- This book is an absolute delight. Young readers are introduced to Joan Procter, a woman with a passion for science and reptiles. It's great and encouraging to see these biographies of pioneering women, and inspiring to young girls who may not have traditionally "girly" int...

    A lack of rain this summer in northern Michigan has kept the sightings of snakes in our area down to a minimum. Which for some, if not many, people are perfectly fine. They tend to startle you more than present danger if you're not expecting them. (Believe it or not, I've had a garter ...

    Viewing the cover with Joan Proctor Dragon Doctor balancing a baby crocodile on her head, and a snake wrapping around her neck, it is true, this biography won't remain on the shelf long. Accompanied by exquisite colorful illustrations of Joan with her pet lizards as a very young girl, ...

    What a remarkable woman! I had never heard of her until this book came along. The story about her love of reptiles was so wonderful. I had always heard how dangerous Komodo dragons were and was quite alarmed that she allowed one of hers to roam freely at events! I know they have every ...

    This is a fascinating non-fiction picture book biography about Joan Procter, a lady who was born in 1897 in London England, and who grew up to become the head curator of the Natural History Museum's reptile & fish department and the curator of reptiles, as well as the designer of t...

    There is so much to love in JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR. First off, that title! Secondly, the illustrations are as charming as can be and really transport the reader to Joan's world. Lastly, and most important, is how much I adored learning about Joan and what she was passionate about....