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Curtis, the Curly-tail Lizard Series

Curtis Curly-tail
wants to help
his friends survive
a hurricane.
But Curtis is
blown away!
What happens to
the iguanas on
Beach Cay?
Will Curtis be
blown back home
to Warderick Wells?

An Adventure Tale
For Readers Age 8+

Illustrations by
Monique Carroll

30 Pages

In the fourth book of the series, the very good friend, Curtis Curly-tail, joins Allison Andros Iguana to warn fellow iguanas on low-lying Beach Cay about a coming hurricane. They are vulnerable to the storm surge, high rainfall and the powerful winds. Their entire population could be wiped out by the storm!
In this story, as in real life, people come together to help each other, the animals
and the environment. Curtis Curly-tail is blown away by the storm. Grab a copy today and find out what happens to his iguana friends—and if Curtis makes it back home to his perfect den on Warderick Wells Cay.
This is a fun adventure for kids that teaches them
about weather science and ecosystems.

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Curtis Curly-tail travels to
where tourists
come from.
How will he get
back home?

An Adventure Tale
For Readers Age 7+

Wonderful Colored Pencil Illustrations
by Arthur F. Winstanley

40 Pages


The very curious Curtis catches a ride on a boat. At first, the big city is so different, Curtis is happy to be there.

But, he’s alone, in an unfamiliar place, where life moves very quickly. He wants to go home to his den, to his native sand.

How in the world will Curtis ever get back to Warderick Wells?

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This book, before it became a favorite children’s storybook, had a story all it’s own. Then writer Elaine A. Powers, met a curly-tail lizard on a beach in The Bahamas; and after the lizard sat on her sneaker for over two hours, the story came to her, in one sitting.

If you’d like to read the whole story, Curtis tells about this meeting on the blog page, Tales and Tails, in Hello from Curtis!

colorful children's book cover with a curly-tail lizard riding on a hutia's back

Curtis wonders what can
be done when an endangered
species threatens
a protected
A choose-your-
own-ending book.

A Chapter Book
For Readers Age 10+

Colorful, bright
Illustrations of the characters,
the island
and ocean life
by Anderson Atlas 

40 Pages

This is a special story for readers
who like to solve problems.
It takes Curtis Curly-tail on his second adventure, but is based on real ecological events taking place on Warderick Wells Cay in The Bahamas.

The hutia are endangered rodents native to the islands. Some are transplanted to Curtis’s cay, and Curtis meets his new friend, Horace. When the scientists come back to check on the hutia, they find that the native shrubs are almost gone, due to the hungry hutia. 

But Curtis and Horace do not understand what is happening when the hutia are captured and put into cages. Curtis decides to do everything he can to help Horace and his family. 

It is you, the reader, however, who must decide how the story will end. How do you solve a problem when an endangered species threatens a protected environment? There are three endings to the book. Which one will you choose?
Or, will you come up with another solution?

Lesson plans for teachers are also
available at

a blue and white children's book cover with curly-tail lizards illustrated

Curtis Curly-tail becomes the
unfortunate victim of poachers,
along with other protected animals.
Who will
save them?

An Adventure Tale
For Readers Age 10+

Lovely Colored Pencil
Illustrations by
Jessica Minns

30 Pages

In the third book of the series, the very curious Curtis Curly-tail mistakes a poacher for a tourist wanting to snap a picture of his perfectly-curled tail. Instead, he is captured, along with critically endangered native plants, Conch and Iguanas. 

Together the animals plot their escape from the dangerous poachers. Who will help them? How will they get free of the cages on a boat and return home safely to Warderick Wells?

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