artist and author
Jonathan Fenske is a children’s book author/illustrator and artist who lives in the northern suburbs of Denver, CO. He is the author/illustrator of Woodward and McTwee, Love Is in the Air, Guppy Up!, and A Pig, A Fox, and A Box , all published by Penguin USA. Along with his wife, Jennifer, Jonathan also has created a line of modern art prints on canvas for children at FatandAppy.com. Jonathan is also a painter, and his work has appeared in New American Paintings, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on HGTV.com and in private and public collections across the country.
on the nightstand:
- The New Yorker
- Mental Floss
- This is Not My Hat by John Klassen
- Tenth of December by George Saunders
- warm days and cool nights here in Colorado
- Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s “Love Has Come For You”
- Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir
- Valmont Bike Park, Boulder, CO
what’s one item in your summer wardrobe you can’t go without?
This summer I seem to wear a Goofy vintage-style tee shirt quite a bit. It’s from a family trip to Disney World earlier in the year.
what is your summer theme song this year? “Summer Guest” by Asgeir
what are three constants in your day?
- Early mornings
- Child chaos (I have three young daughters)
tell us about the inspiration behind this work.
Stuff is a picture book that explores a little boy’s fleeting fascination with the latest consumer staple. I was inspired to write and illustrate Stuff by watching our three girls and their remarkably short attention span with their new toys.