Thursday, September 6, 2018

MO WILLEMS STUDIO UPDATE, SEPT. & OCT. 2018!

The fall is here and filled with new series, exhibits, an appearance and lots Mo':

BOOKS!


Unlimited Squirrels are furry friends!  
Unlimited Squirrels have fuzzy ends!
If you can read Elephant & Piggie, here is our referral: 
Try Unlimited Squirrels!

I am very excited for the launch of my new fiction/non-fiction early reading hybrid, UNLIMITED SQUIRRELS in I LOST MY TOOTH!

The book features, stories, facts, quizzes, a-corny jokes, and so, so many squirrels! Here are some of the Squirrels!




I hope you enjoy the book when it releases on October 2, 2018!

Big news & just announced:

The Pigeon will be returning with a brand new adventure in 2019, and this time The Pigeon is getting schooled!  Here's the cover:



It's been a few years since The Pigeon has had a new book to himself and he's not been happy about it!  Hope you'll enjoy this when it comes out next summer!

PW has the inside story about this book and another upcoming effort, BECAUSE.

Bundle!





ELEPHANT & PIGGIE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION has just been released.  It features a hard back version of every E+P adventure, plus 2 Elephant & Piggie Bookends Metal (featuring a hidden Pigeon).  

This is as complete as it can get!

It can also be used as a massive paperweight.

Foreign

I'm always thrilled by seeing my work in a foreign edition!  Sometimes I can muddle through them; mostly I can't.

Here are some foreign editions of my books that have come thru the studio.  












To date, my work has been translated and published in over 25 countries from Azerbaijan to Vietnam.  A quick search in your favorite language should be able to tell if and where to get them!


EXHIBIT!


THE PIGEON COMES TO TOPEKA!

Kansas Children's Discovery Center
4400 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66604

Runs thru January 4, 2019!



This interactive, immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation and much Mo' is designed to spark creativity in kids and their grown up pals.

The bus is has currently stopped at Topeka, KS's Kansas Children's Discovery Center.

There are many fun experiences for you and your family to enjoy.  Hopefully, it will spark the whole family to start writing and drawing together.  I hope you'll have fun when you visit!



You can read about the process behind the exhibit HERE.

THEATER!


There is one production of my musical plays going on this summer.  If you're in the area, take a kid to the theater.  You'll be exposing a young mind to the joys of live performance, and I'll bet you have a great time, too!

Here's what's running now:


Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Citadel Theatre

825 S. Waukegan Rd
Lake ForestIL 60045

09/29/2018 to 10/07/2018


Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Whirligig Stage

628 S. Pitt Street
GreenvilleNC 27834
10/04/2018 to 10/14/2018


Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Lakeshore Black Box Theatre


4941 Long Avenue
White Bear LakeMN 55110


10/06/2018 to 10/19/2018



Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Northwest Childrens Theatre


1819 Nw Everett St Ste 216
PortlandOR 97209-2189

09/22/2018 to 10/21/2018

APPEARANCE!


UNLIMITED SQUIRRELS BOOK LAUNCH

October 13, 10 am - 3pm

The ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART
Amherst, MA

We'll be celebrating the launch of Unlimited Squirrels first adventure I LOST MY TOOTH with readings, signed books, games, events and Mo!

I will be doing two readings in the auditorium at 11am and Noon.  Reservations are required for the readings, so contact the Museum as these readings typically do sell out (Tkts for members are available starting 9/18, tkts for non-members 9/21).

There will be loads of signed books as well (both new and old), but I won't be doing a signing for this event.  There will still be lots and lots of fun surprises!

 Details are HERE!

THANK YOU!




Thanks to YOU, the Elephant & Piggie Biggie spent a few weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List in July and August.  Thank you!

THAT'S IT!

Remember there's always more to see on the various blogs, the NEW Pigeon Presents site, and the THANK-O-RAMA site! 


Remember, you can get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop.  I just visited and signed a slew of 'em!

Friday, June 29, 2018

THE MO WILLEMS STUDIO JULY & AUGUST 2018 UPDATE!

I will be spending the summer catching up on some book projects.  

But that doesn't mean that there isn't lots to see and do in July and August.

EXHIBIT!


THE PIGEON COMES TO PITTSBURGH!

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children's Way

Runs thru Sept. 2, 2018



This show is a fun, interactive, immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation and much Mo' designed to spark creativity in kids and their grown up pals.

I'm lucky to have worked on this exhibit with an amazing creative team and we all feel that we've made something special.

You can read about the exhibit HERE.


The show is scheduled to travel around the country for years.  It's next stop is the KANSAS CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY CENTER in Topeka in September.

THEATER!


There is one production of my musical plays going on this summer.  If you're in the area, take a kid to the theater.  You'll be exposing a young mind to the joys of live performance, and I'll bet you have a great time, too!

Here's what's running now:



at Children's Theatre Of VA

1601 Willow Lawn Drive
Richmond, VA 23230

Virginia Repertory Theatre

 

July 13 thru August 12, 2018

 
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!
at Southern Rep 

Loyola University, Marquette Theatre
New Orleans, LA

Thru July 14, 2018 

BASEBALL!


When my kid was young we used to frequent Brooklyn Cyclones games at Coney Island, so the upcoming Mo Willems Day at the Brooklyn Cyclones on September 1st very special for the family!

The Cyclones will be playing their rival, the Staten Island Yankees, while wearing special Knuffle Bunny Jerseys (to be auctioned off later for charity)!  There are lots of fun premiums, including attending a book reading with me, photo ops with Elephant and Piggie, a Pigeon Baseball and Pigeon Bobblehead !  This is a one time and one time only event!

This is going to be a home run!  Details are HERE!

BOOKS!


Hyperion Books has been wonderful about increasing their Spanish Language offering, including this summer's release of ¿Estás lista para jugar afuera? & ¿Puedo jugar yo también? on August 14, 2018!



Thanks to YOU, the Elephant & Piggie Biggie spent a few weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List in May.  Thank you!


 If you're looking for books to read this summer, visit the Books-a-Million Summer Reading Adventure site with suggestions and an offer to get your own ELEPHANT & PIGGIE PENCILS AND PENCIL CASE!

ANIIMATION/AUDIO


The audio book (based on the animated short) of NANETTE'S BAGUETTE has was awarded an EARPHONE AWARD for childrens stories.  Congrats to narrators Trixie and Cher Willems!


If you're in Aotearoa, New Zealand this July 7 - 21st, you can see a collection of my animated films at the Len Lye Theater of the Govette Brewster Gallery.    I was a big fan of Len Lye's films as a student, so this is cool!

Details are HERE!

UPCOMING!



This is going to be a busy fall, which will see the release of the first volume of my new fiction/non-fiction early reading hybrid, UNLIMITED SQUIRRELS in I LOST MY TOOTH!

The series features, stories, facts, quizzes, a-corny jokes, and so, so many squirrels!

I hope you enjoy the book when it releases in October, 2018!

THAT'S IT!

Remember there's always more to see on the various blogs, the NEW Pigeon Presents site, and the THANK-O-RAMA site! 

 
Remember, you can get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

MO WILLEMS STUDIO MAY - JUNE 2018 UPDATE!

Here's a look at events and happenings over next two months of May and June.  If something fun is happening in your area, go check it out.  I hope you have a great early summer of reading, playing, and fun!
 
BOOKS!


 

Pal LeUyen Pham's hilarious upcoming addition to the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series, THE ITCHY BOOK!, was given a starred review by publisher's weekly, saying, " Pham imbues her spreads with fizzy energy." 

I'm a huge fan of the 5th installment of the series.  LeUyen has been fun to work with and her color-work is amazing!

You can get your copy May 15, 2018 at your favorite book shop or library.

There are also a few new foreign editions out:







A new Simplified Chinese collection of six Pigeon stories from New Star Press

MO WILLEMS' THANK-O-RAMA TOUR !
 

Best pals Elephant & Piggie will be traveling across the eastern seaboard to some of their very favorite indie bookstores and would love to meet you. It's all part of the THANK-O-RAMA TOUR 2018!

Each store will have their own celebration that will include games, fun, photo-ops, books, and a chance to meet and take pictures with Elephant & Piggie!



The schedule (which is always subject to change, so call the venues first) is here:

Sun, 5/13 – Flying Pig (Shelburne, VT)

Thurs, 5/17 – Northshire Bookstore (Manchester Center, VT)

Fri, 5/18 – An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA)

Sat, 5/19 – RJ Julia Bookstore (Madison, CT)

Sun, 5/20 – Book Revue (Huntington, NY)

Tue, 5/22 - Children’s Book World (Haverford, PA)

Sat, 5/26 – Hooray for Books (Alexandria, VA)




The tour isn't coming to your town?  Don't worry: you can check out videos, a thank you spinner, downloadables, and mo' at the updated THANK-O-RAMA WEBSITE and have your own Thank-o-Rama fun! 


In addition to this tour, Elephant & Piggie often make visits to schools and libraries around the country throughout the year for pictures and hugs.  I love it when they do.

EXHIBIT!



THE PIGEON COMES TO PITTSBURGH!

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children's Way
Pittsburgh, PA
Runs thru - September 2, 2018


  











photo: Renee Rosensteel

This is an interactive immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation, and much Mo'.  The whole team behind this show did some amazing work over the past few years to bring you an fun experience where you can explore your creativity in a myriad of ways.

You can read about the exhibit HERE.

You can see a TV news report about the exhibit HERE.











 photo: Renee Rosensteel

I was lucky enough to visit the exhibit for opening weekend last month and had a blast.

Check out the schedule for upcoming special events!

Here is an article about the show. 
















 After its extended Pittsburgh run, this exhibit will be touring the nation for many years, hopefully to your town!

THEATER!



NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE
 
Seattle Children's Theater

Runs thru May 13, 2018 

“They are a little bit rat. They are a little bit mole. They are all naked.”

Well, except Wilbur, that is. Emmy winner and Caldecott honoree Mo Willems is back, once again teaming up with Deborah Wicks La Puma, composer of Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”, for this world premiere, rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza. Grab your friends and watch as Wilbur, a clothes-loving mole rat with exceptional style, navigates the pressure to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes, empowering messages of individuality, and classic Mo Willems humor, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages.



I hope you enjoy this show; we had a great time putting it together for you! (Here's a review of the experience and another review from BROADWAY WORLD.)

Tickets are selling fast for this show, don't miss it if you're in the Seattle area!

Details are HERE!


And here is a fun behind-the-scenes video interview.

But that's not all: there are other regional productions going on in MAY!

It's a wonderful experience for you and the kid'll have fun, too!


 
 
Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater (Lancaster, PA)


510 Centerville Rd. 
Lancaster, PA 17601

May 15 - June 8, 2018


ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!" at the QUINCY COMMUNITY THEATER (Quincy, IL)

300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 118
Quincy, IL 62301 


June 14 - 17, 2018




 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Apollo Theater

Emerald City Theatre Company
2540 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Runs thru 05/27/2018

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Circa 21 Dinner Thtre


June 12- 30, 2018
1828 Third Ave
Po Box 3784
Rock Island, IL 61201


INTERVIEWS

 

Here's an in-depth interview for grown ups on New England Public Radio.

Here's a interview with TIME FOR KIDS for grades K-1 .


THAT'S IT!

But, if you want to poke around the blog, some topics that might interest you are on the sidebar or check out the new Pigeon Presents site.




Remember, you can get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop