Be prepared to be amazed. No, I swear that I’m not being hyperbolic! Bill Thomson has created another wordless picture book that astounds the eye and encourages imaginative storytelling in young children. In Fossil, a boy and his dog encounter more than they expect as they hike near a lake one day, and their adventure involves old rocks and new magical life. If you don’t want to take my word that this book will knock your kids’ socks off, listen to these experts who just happen to be in the book’s target audience:
Now that you’ve gotten to see some of the book’s images for yourself, let me blow your mind just a little bit more. As with his previous picture book Chalk, there is a note on the copyright page of this one that speaks to Thomson’s illustrations:
“Bill Thomson embraced traditional painting techniques and meticulously painted each illustration by hand, using acrylic paint and colored pencils. His illustrations are not photographs or computer generated images.”
I’ll give you a second to go back and read that sentence again.
I can’t even begin to explain how incredible this fact is, because these illustrations are the most realistic-looking ones I’ve ever seen. The nuances in shade and shadow, the presence of texture and depth, the details in the boy’s and dog’s faces– there are not strong enough words to express my amazement.
I have often written about the usefulness of wordless books in a child’s library, and as you could plainly see in the video above, the absence of text does not at all hinder a creative child’s ability to tell the story. Whenever I brought his previous book into my preschool classroom library, it was always in constant rotation among my students, and I watched as they stared in wonder at the pages for long periods of time. I have no doubt that Thomson’s latest offering will have the same fate in children’s hands for years to come.
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