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Children's Fiction Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptile Club, The

by (author) Maureen Fergus

illustrated by Elina Ellis

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Reptiles & Amphibians, Friendship, Imagination & Play
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
3 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price

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There are lots of clubs for Rory to join at his new school, but none seem quite right for him. So when his parents suggest he start his own club about something he loves, Rory knows exactly what it will be: a Reptile Club! He's positive that there are other kids out there who share his passion. He sets up his first meeting and then waits and waits for students to show up. Just as he is about to give up, Rory hears whispering in the hallway and hurries over to see who it is. To his astonishment, it's not his schoolmates who have arrived to attend the first meeting, but a crocodile, an anaconda and a gecko!

Popular, award-winning author Maureen Fergus's playful picture book is perfect for story time, with its laugh-out-loud appeal and clever twist on the meaning of “Reptile Club.” Loads of intriguing reptile facts are tucked into the story (for example, a gecko has to lick its eyeballs to keep them clean and moist!), making this an excellent choice for a life science lesson on the characteristics of reptiles. The details in Elina Ellis's lively, colorful illustrations encourage children to spend time examining each page. This is also a terrific book for a character education discussion about initiative, or for lessons on personal development and confidently pursuing one's own passions.

About the authors


Maureen Fergus est auteure lauréate de plusieurs livres pour enfants et jeunes adultes, dont The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, Et si je ne veux pas? et les livres de la série Buddy and Earl. Elle vit à Winnipeg, au Manitoba.


Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series of books. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.


Maureen Fergus' profile page

Elina Ellis was born in Ukraine and has an MA in children's book illustration from Anglia Ruskin University. She creates both her own books and illustrates books for others, including The Reptile Club and This Is the Path the Wolf Took. She lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Elina Ellis' profile page


  • Unknown, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Unknown, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association
  • Unknown, The Globe 100: Favourite Books of 2018, The Globe and Mail

Editorial Reviews

... a funny, laugh-out-loud story ...—Resource Links

... surprising and funny ...—The Globe and Mail

An appealing picture book especially for reptile fans.—Booklist Online

... a great addition for any family with a little one interested in reptiles or as a gentle introduction to a new subject in school.—CM Magazine

This testament to imagination, confidence, and entrepreneurship offers refreshing takes on learning about animals and how to make friends.—Kirkus Reviews

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