Chris Madden is an Editorial and Lifestyle illustrator from Manchester, UK, where he lives with his family.
Chris received his first illustration assignment at the age of 9 for his primary school newspaper. He then took a short break from professional illustration until graduating with a 1st Class honours degree in Illustration in 2010. Since then Chris has been published in a wide range of international newspapers and magazines.
When Chris isn’t shifting pixels around, he can often be found in his home studio making a mess with ink, reading books, playing Video games and eating Jaffa Cakes. Follow him on Instagram here.
Another fascinating, beautifully illustrated information book from Words & Pictures, We Build Our Homes shows young readers how some of the amazing architects of the animal world build places to raise their babies, or protect themselves. Amongst the 26 different creatures included are Tailorbirds, the ‘needle-beaked nesters’ who sew leaves together with spiderweb; Satin Bowerbirds, the ‘shiny-feathered, choose-me-now birds’, who decorate their homes with blue items to attract a mate; as well as Weaver Ants, Gopher Tortoises, Prairie Dogs and Chimpanzees. The text is lyrical and sometimes playful, and a joy to read. The book also includes a useful map of the world, and a Builders’ Fact File.
UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | Some of the world’s most extraordinary animal migrations are detailed in this beautiful book, in short lyrical passages of text and stylish illustrations. From garter snakes, to Emperor penguins and Bar-headed geese, their journeys are brought to life over stunning double-pages, additional notes at the end detailing the exact distances travelled. There’s a map of the world so that you can trace their journeys across the globe and in an important final scene, people of different races are shown at an airport, a reminder that humans too travel many thousands of miles and for lots of different reasons.