Helene Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt both live and work in Paris as writer/illustrators. Helene 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 Lycee de Sevres.
Each page uses a variety of visual techniques including graphics to focus on a different aspect or creature which allows the text to be segmented into readable and engaging chunks complete with detailed illustrations. The fascinating information conveyed is not onerous or complicated and will appeal to younger children and reluctant older readers. At the end of the book is an extensive but clearly presented Brief History of Palaeontology. * ReadPlus * Covering a staggering amount of information, 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 * 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 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 *