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Friday 24 January 2020

Review: The Reptile Club

Rory wants to join a club at school, but none of the clubs he can choose from are really for him. 

He tries a few, but they just don’t fit his interests.

So Rory decides to create a new club.

The reptile club.

He makes signs and bakes cookies to tempt in new members, but none of his classmates seem interested, until… a snake, a crocodile and a gecko turn up, eager to join Rory’s reptile club. 

And once Rory’s classmates see who’s in his club, everyone wants to join.

The Reptile Club is a fun and joyful story about finding your place in the world. It’s filled with real facts about reptiles, masterfully woven into the narrative, and it explores life at school, friendships and fitting in.

This is a picture book that leaves you feeling deeply satisfied when you get to the end. There is no obvious lesson; there is no real agenda to the story. It’s just a lovely and entertaining tale about a young boy who gets to know the reptiles he loves when he starts a school club.

I am in complete awe of Elina Ellis’ illustrations. Detailed and engaging, they bring the characters to life and are filled with hidden treats and things for kids to spot. Honestly, I could stare at her illustrations for hours.

For the lovers of all things scaly, or for anyone looking for a fun and engaging picture book read, I highly recommend The Reptile Club. 

Title: The Reptile Club
Author: Maureen Fergus
Illustrator: Elina Ellis
Publisher: Affirm Press, $19.99
Publication Date: 31 December 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781925972382
For ages: 3 - 6 
Type: Picture Book