Fossils from Lost Worlds

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Outstanding Science Book Winner 2022, National Science Teacher’s Association and Children’s Book Council

Walk in the footsteps of the first fossil researchers to discover the earliest creatures on Earth, in this large format fact-filled picture book.

Packed with full-page color illustrations and comics, this visual and informative book for children ages 8 and up looks closely at the incredible creatures to once walk on our planet.

Young fossil and dinosaur enthusiasts can explore the story of a spiny sea worm without tail or head, a walking fish, a peaceful sea dragon, and, of course, dinosaurs including the tyrannosaurus and stegosaurus.

Told through comics, illustrations and data, Fossils from Lost Worlds is also a fascinating insight into paleontology itself. It shows how science is a process of thinking and rethinking, questioning and learning. Through illustrated timelines of animal reconstructions and major discoveries, we can track the beliefs and theories that have brought our knowledge to where it is today, including important personalities and historical female scientists.

This big book of fossil facts is a must-read for young dinosaur and fossil fanatics to share and learn together with the entire family.

“The careful curation of this parade of creatures takes readers on a comprehensive journey through the fossil record.” – New York Times

Hélène Rajcak lives and works in Paris as an illustrator. She studied illustration at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs.

Damien Laverdunt lives and works in Paris as a writer and illustrator and teaches applied arts at the Lycée de Sèvres.

Hélène and Damien are the co-authors and co-illustrators of Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals.

Praise for Fossils From Lost Worlds
“The illustrations use an elegant color palette but don’t sacrifice adventure, humor or information for design…The careful curation of this parade of creatures takes readers on a comprehensive journey through the fossil record. I enjoyed the paleontologists, depicted in droll graphic-novel-style comics interspersed throughout, almost as much as I enjoyed the paleontology.” – The New York Times

“The subdued palette and inky lines of Hélène Rajcak’s pictures give the book a stylish feel, while its lively, graphic-novel-style layout conveys a sense of humor about dinosaurs, fossils and the work of those who study them.” – Wall Street Journal

“This is a treasure for any school library and a work of art to pore over at home.” – School Reading List

Praise for Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals
“A book to keep for years.” – The Guardian

“This splendid, oversize encyclopedic study of extinct animals handles a potentially depressing subject without hectoring or mawkishness.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Format Your Price Add
978-1-77657-315-8
$22.49
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction, Animals
Copyright 2021
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 72
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037050, JNF025150, JNF051150
Dewey 560
Dimensions 9.75 x 12.5
Lexile 1050
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Timeline

Awards

  • 2022 Outstanding Science Trade Book, Winner, 2022

Reviews

The New York Times Book Review

“The careful curation of this parade of creatures takes readers on a comprehensive journey through the fossil record. I enjoyed the paleontologists, depicted in droll graphic-novel-style comics interspersed throughout, almost as much as I enjoyed the paleontology.”—The New York Times Book Review

Author, Illustrator: Hélène Rajcak

Hélène Rajcak was born in 1981 in Paris, where she lives and works as an illustrator. She studied illustration at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and has also trained as a textile designer.

Author, Illustrator: Damien Laverdunt

Damien Laverdunt lives and works in Paris as a writer and illustrator and teaches applied arts at the Lycée de Sèvres.