040: Christopher Denise – The Mindset of a Visual Communicator

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Chatting


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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  • These illustrations are amazing! I’d love to read Firefly Hollow. Best regards from Barcelona,

  • :Donna Marie

    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 😀 😀 😀

  • I know Marta! Chris’s work is so good. I know you’d love Firefly Hollow.

  • Thanks Donna! Winner/Santat is high praise.

  • Christopher Denise

    Wow-thanks so much!

  • Amy Lovell

    Thanks for the chance! Sounds very fascinating!

  • Silvia D

    awesome podcasts! Firefly Hollow looks so great!

  • Julie H

    The pictures are so beautiful, this looks exactly the type of books I enjoy reading with the kiddos!

  • Wanda Bergman

    The pictures are beautifully whimsical. I love them.

  • Nancy Parsons

    The pictures are absolutly amazing.

  • Lane Hart

    Really stunning illustarations!

  • Christopher Denise

    Thanks so much Lane!

  • Christopher Denise

    Thank you Nancy!

  • Christopher Denise

    Thanks Wanda! And thank you for the tweet!

  • Christopher Denise

    Thank you Silvia and thanks for the tweet!

  • Christopher Denise

    Thanks Amy!

  • Christopher Denise

    Thanks Marta!

  • Christopher Denise

    Thanks Julie-I hope they enjoy it!

  • Breezy Brookshire

    Hooray! Thanks for the giveaway, Nick!

  • Barbara Berkley

    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!

  • Trish Williams

    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!

  • Your welcome Barbara. It was a joy to get to talk to Christopher and to study his work.

  • Aarone Mawdsley

    great pictures

  • Lauren Mendez

    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!

  • Wanda Bergman

    I think the gallery images are super! I’d love to see some of those blown up and hanging on my walls.

  • Robyn B.

    I really like the firefly picture. Makes me think of summer nights.

  • Gabrielly Margutti

    Looks like an amazing book. My niece would love to have one.

  • Emilee Bond

    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!

  • Kim Antworth

    Your books take me away to another little world 🙂

  • Alisha Lecroy

    The pictures are beautiful and it looks like a great book!

  • 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!