The Amazing Fossil Book Giveaway

We have a special book for STEM Friday today.

The word about Fossil by Bill Thomson is simply, “Wow!”

Fossil cover

In this new wordless picture book, the intended storyline follows a boy and his dog walking on a beach. When the boy accidentally cracks open a fossil of a fern, actual ferns emerge. When they break open a fossil dragonfly, a living dragonfly skims away. The next fossil the boy opens is…

Because it is a wordless book, the reader is the one who develops the story based on the illustrations. It can change every time you read the book.

The book trailer is a great way to see how it can work:


Isn’t that amazing? By the way, Bill Thomson’s stunning illustrations are all done by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils.


Would you like to win a copy? Two Lions/Amazon is pleased to offer a giveaway copy of Fossil to one winner (U.S. addresses only). All you need to do is leave a comment on this post (with a legitimate e-mail address so we can contact you if you win) by December 6, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. PST. Entrants will be numbered in the order received and then selected at random. Note:  to increase your chances of winning be sure to visit some of the other participants in the blog tour, because most are also offering giveaways. Check the blog tour links listed below for details. Edit: The giveaway has now ended and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Fossil is so stimulating, it is sure to raise questions. Here are some links for related information and activities:

1. Ferns

Ferns are a group of plants that have been found as fossils, but also can be found in forests today.


They are vascular plants, which means they have the internal channels that move water and nutrients (xylem and phloem). Ferns differ from other vascular plants because they reproduce by spores. More about ferns at Mosses, ferns, liverworts and horsetails at Growing with Science.

2. Dragonflies


These insects with large eyes and wings that stick straight out have also been found in fossils. Some of the relatives of dragonflies were larger that those found today, with wingspans over two feet wide! The adults feed on insects they catch in the air, especially pesky mosquitoes.The immature forms or nymphs live in the water.

See Dragonflies and damselflies at Growing with Science.

3. Pteranodon

One of the fun things about the book, is that kids can call the large winged reptile whatever they feel comfortable calling it. The generic name for it is pterosaur, which means “flying lizard.”

Some people have called all these flying creatures with leathery wings “pterodactyls.” Technically the genus Pterodactylus consists of only smaller pterosaurs with teeth, so you won’t catch experts calling them that.

The larger pterosaurs that lack teeth and have large crests belong to the genus Pteranodon. The creature in the book is a Pteranodon.

If you are local, it turns out there’s an exhibit of pterosaurs  called Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies at the Arizona Museum of Natural History right now. Even if you aren’t local, you can download a free educator’s guide – see “Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies” under “Current Exhibit.”

Related fossil activities at Growing With Science:

Links to free guides to accompany the book at Amazon :

Fossil by Bill Thomson is sure to charge up the reader’s imagination. See where it leads your children today!

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Two Lions (November 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1477847006
ISBN-13: 978-1477847008

See a short review of Bill’s previous book, Chalk, at our sister blog, Wrapped in Foil.

Previous stops on the blog tour:

Disclosures: This book was provided for review purposes. Also, I am an affiliate for Amazon, and if you click through the linked titles or ads and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Proceeds will be used to maintain this self-hosted blog.


Come visit the STEM Friday blog each week to find more great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math books.


  1. Sue Heavenrich

    Great review! I remember hunting for fossils with my dad. We found fish, but not any dragonflies. Now I find fossils in my garden – we have tons of Devonian rock that keeps getting in the way of carrot roots. If you ever want some brachiopods, you can come get them any time!

  2. Jill Neimark

    Neat idea, thanks for reviewing

  3. Meredith Menton

    Love books by Bill Thompson and wordless books as it allows children to tell their own story. Add in some science for STEM Friday and you have the perfect combination.

  4. Rachel Meyers

    Thank you so much for reviewing and for the giveaway opportunity to win a copy… I would love to use this story as a jumping off point for studying fossils with my little explorers 🙂

  5. Bill Thomson

    Hi, Roberta- Thank you for your wonderful review, kind words about FOSSIL, and great related links!

  6. Tiffany

    My son would love this book! I didn’t know of this author. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Roberta


    Lovely! That area is great for fossils. We find them in the shale particularly.

  8. Roberta

    Hi Jill,

    There are some dinosaur feet in this one 🙂

  9. Roberta


    Yes, Bill Thomson and science do make a great combination. Can’t wait to see what the next topic is for the trilogy.

  10. Annette

    Sounds like a great book! Thank you for your excellent blog.

  11. Magic and Mayhem

    This looks like such a neat book! We are huge fossil hunters in our family. 🙂

  12. Katherine Duggan

    New to this blog, love it! Love Fossils!

  13. Roberta

    Good luck to all the Fossil hunters 🙂

  14. Jaclyn Reynolds

    Would love to enjoy this with my children, looks like a fantastic book!

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