Fossil by Bill Thomson {Children’s Book Review}

fossil book

I recognized right away the illustrations of Bill Thomson. He has such a way with taking acrylic paint and colored pencil to create art that mimics realistic photos in a remarkable way! Just from seeing the cover of the book and title, I had a feeling my kids and I would be swept away visually. But I had not imagined how much we honestly would be!

There are no words in this book. In fact, it’ll change every single time you carefully examine each page gone through. I wasn’t sure at first what I thought about that but in the end, I embraced it. The illustrations not only speak for themselves but so do you and the child interpreting each page in their own way. Personally listening to both my son age 3 and my daughter age 5 1/2 narrate this story all on their own has been quite the pleasure. Let the creativity commence!

So what is it about? Well, it’s about a boy and his dog that are out exploring. The boy ends up tripping over a rock that is actually a fossil! This was quite exciting for my kids to see and they keep asking if we can go out and find one to look at hands-on. After coming across the first fossil, the boy finds more and then all of sudden those fossils that were found come to life! There’s a fern, a dragon fly, and a pteranodon! It’s quite thrilling to see how the boy and his dog react to fantastical situation happening around them!


If you are a teacher whether at home or at school, you’ll be pleased to find that has a link to a educators and kid activity guide ( for k-2nd grade) for this book! These guides are done very well and I know I’ll be using them with my Kindergarten aged daughter!

I would recommend this book if your child has an interest in fossils and dinosaurs. Perhaps even if they don’t this book might open the door for them to learn even more. It’s a delight for the eyes and it gives the viewer a chance to be extremely creative mixing a bit of science and fantasy together.

Interested in Purchasing? You can find Fossil on in hardcover for $10.79 (as of this posting) or on Kindle format for $3.99.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.