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Fossils from Lost Worlds - Hélène Rajcak

Fossils from Lost Worlds

By: Hélène Rajcak, Damien Laverdunt, Daniel Hahn (Translator)

Hardcover | 1 March 2021

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A large-format non-fiction picture book that describes the incredible creatures that once walked the Earth, with a lively mix of illustrations, comics and facts.

Walk in the footsteps of the first fossil researchers to discover the earliest animal life on Earth. Explore the story of a spiny sea worm without tail or head, a walking fish, a peaceful sea dragon, and many other incredible creatures. 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 a timeline of animal reconstructions and major discoveries, we can track the beliefs and theories that have brought our knowledge to where it is today.

About the Authors

Hélène Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt both live and work in Paris as writer/illustrators.

Hélène Rajcak studied illustration at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and has also trained as a textile designer.

Damien Laverdunt teaches applied arts at the Lycée de Sèvres.
Industry Reviews

"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

"This oversized, stylish book invites readers to pour over its intricate pen-and-ink/watercolor illustrations and its narrative passages interlaced with tongue-in-cheek talk bubbles...Book design steals the show here. The thick, cream-colored pages make a great backdrop for the terrific artwork...truly unique and beautiful."

Starred review

-- Youth Services Book Review

"The subdued palette and inky lines of Helene 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."

-- The Wall Street Journal

"The text is really easily understood and yet it's still quite comprehensive scientifically. Lots of facts, simply expressed."

-- Radio New Zealand - Nine to Noon

"This multi-layered book is a must for anyone interested in palaeontology. And if that's not you, it will definitely change your mind. This is a treasure trove of information the whole family can savour and enjoy for many years, and highly recommended for ages 8+."

-- Readings

"Fossils from Lost Worlds is a large-size hardback book of fascinations. Pick up this glorious book and head back into the distant past and go digging."

-- Paula Green, Poetry Box

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