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).
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Christopher Denise Website
- Christopher’s Blog (FIREFLY HOLLOW development – part 1 & part 2)
- Chris is on Twitter
- And Facebook
- RISD Faculty: Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, Mary Jane Begin & Kelly Murphy (Kelly’s Picturebooking Episode)
- FIREFLY HOLLOW article/interview with Alison McGhee in Publishers Weekly
- FIREFLY HOLLOW personal/honest blog post by Alison McGhee in Pippin Insider
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These illustrations are amazing! I’d love to read Firefly Hollow. Best regards from Barcelona,
I know Marta! Chris’s work is so good. I know you’d love Firefly Hollow.
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 😀 😀 😀
Thanks Donna! Winner/Santat is high praise.
Wow-thanks so much!
Thanks for the chance! Sounds very fascinating!
awesome podcasts! Firefly Hollow looks so great!
Thank you Silvia and thanks for the tweet!
The pictures are so beautiful, this looks exactly the type of books I enjoy reading with the kiddos!
Thanks Julie-I hope they enjoy it!
The pictures are beautifully whimsical. I love them.
Thanks Wanda! And thank you for the tweet!
The pictures are absolutly amazing.
Thank you Nancy!
Really stunning illustarations!
Thanks so much Lane!
Hooray! Thanks for the giveaway, Nick!
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!
Your welcome Barbara. It was a joy to get to talk to Christopher and to study his work.
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 Firefly..to 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.
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!
Congratulations Aarone! This comment was randomly chosen as the winner of the FIREFLY HOLLOW book! I’ll be email you. Hope you enjoy Chris’s book!
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!
I’m so happy you enjoyed the episode Lauren. I love that you listen while working on your illustrations. I’m honored to be a small part of your creative life!
I think the gallery images are super! I’d love to see some of those blown up and hanging on my walls.
I really like the firefly picture. Makes me think of summer nights.
Looks like an amazing book. My niece would love to have one.
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!
Your books take me away to another little world 🙂
The pictures are beautiful and it looks like a great book!
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