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Fossils From Lost Worlds

Fossils from Lost Worlds

Published: 7 Apr 2021

Hardback, 72 pages

Recommended for age 9+

By Damien Laverdunt

Illustrated by Helene Rajcak

Translated by Daniel Hahn

Published by Gecko Press

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This book features in the Upper KS2 Curiosity Caves collection which is part of The Reading Journey

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 beliefs and theories that have brought our knowledge to where i is today.

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Reviewed by Stephen Connor

Fossils From Lost Worlds by Helene Rajcak and illustrated by Damien Laverdunt is a beautifully presented book, full of vivid illustrations married to detailed scientific content.

Chronologically ordered, each double-page spread is set out to appeal to all readers – a mix of comic book illustrations and detailed information.

The left-hand side of the double pages is the comic. Here, we meet different historical figures, such as Mary Anning and Charles Robert Knight, and explore the places where fossils have been found.

The right-hand side is the information, detailing well-known findings like the stegosaurus and explanations of how palaeontologists use their findings to imagine how these creatures would have looked, how they would have moved, or what they would have eaten.

There is something for everyone here – whether you already have an interest in palaeontology or think that fossils are not relevant at all, the learning potential of the book is fantastic, particularly as it helps us to understand that scientists are always working, always exploring, and often changing their minds about previous findings.

Fossils From Lost Worlds could be used to teach curriculum content and is a worthy addition to any key stage 2 classroom – it is sure to generate discussion and encourage children to ask (and answer) some of the big questions around fossils.


Note from Caroline at Just Imagine: This book would make the ideal pairing with a fiction title such as Picklewitch and Jack and the Sea Wizard’s Secret.

I currently teach Y5/6 in South Derbyshire, leading KS2 in a rural school. My obsession with children's literature is only just beginning, I fear.

When not reading, I will be running, or walking around the Lake District.

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