Christopher Denise: Picturebooking, Episode 40

In All, Picturebooking, Podcasts by Nick Patton34 Comments


Christopher Denise’s illustrations are stunning. Some are warm and tender. Some are breathtaking and epic. All are crafted with care. I loved uncovering the mindset behind his images. Enjoy this talk with the amazing visual storyteller who brought us FIREFLY HOLLOW (written by Alison McGhee) and BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA’S (written by his wife Anika Denise).

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  1. Guys, this is one of the most amazing podcasts I’ve ever listened to. Right up there with Matthew Winner’s “Beekle” podcast with Dan Santat. Incredibly moving and full of the passion for this INCREDIBLE ART of picture books. Thank you SO much! And I am SO going to possess FIREFLY HOLLOW, whether it’s through your giveaway or off the B&N shelf πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. You and Anika are an amazing team, Christopher. Between her lyrical writing and your fabulous illustrations, you’ve certainly nailed it in the world of picture books. I really enjoyed the interview – thanks for that, Nick!

  3. My son is a huge fan of fireflies, as well as I was as a child, well and still am. These stunning illustrations capture our love of these magnificent little bugs and we share the same dream as fly to the moon! I love how the four friends embark on their journey’s together thru this big scary world. We can’t wait to read this gem of a tale! Great job on the book and the wonderful podcast.

    1. Couldn’t agree with you more! Fireflies evoke such wonder and excitement. You know your having a good night when you slow down long enough to notice them.

      Thank you for your kind words about this book and the podcast! If you entered the give-away … good luck!

  4. Wonderful episode! Thank you so much for introducing me to such a talented couple! I enjoy listening to your podcast while I work on my illustrations and this one was so inspiring. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

  5. The images on your firefly Hollow book are amazing! I love how warm and comforting the images are. It seems like you put allot of love into every page. I cant wait to have this book on my bookshelf for my children to fall in love with!

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