Sunday, April 1, 2018

MO WILLEMS STUDIO APRIL 2018 UPDATE



Thank YOU! 

 

April 1st marks the 15 anniversary of the publication of my first book, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!  Since that time, thanks to your enthusiasm and support, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to create over 50 books, write several musical productions based on those books, and create animated films and exhibits as well.

Closest to my heart has been the privilege of meeting thousands of kids, parents, teachers, and librarians who have shared their love of reading and creating stories with me.

It has been a wonderful ride so far.  Thank you.

EXHIBITS!



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'. 

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!



 

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

Go bring a kid to the theater if you can! 

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

 

PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT!

Atlanta, GA
April 7 - 29, 2018

The wonderful Alliance Theater is bringing back their inventive, interactive piece of theater for the very young.
Based on Mo Willems’s beloved CAT the CAT seriesthis play explores the often terrifying experience of making a new friend. Using the rhyming and simple language of the books, this theatrical experience will invite our young audience to identify Cat the Cat’s parade of animal friends, mimic their animal sounds, and even learn a new language! When Cat the Cat meets a newcomer on the scene, the audience shares in the nerves and the joy of the experience, and ultimately makes a room full of new friends themselves. Back by popular demand, come play the play with Cat the Cat!
 Because this is such an intimate performance, seating is very limited.  Full details are HERE.

 
 
Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Long Island Childrens Museum

Long Island
Children's Museum

11 Davis Ave.
Garden City, NY


April 2 - 21, 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 The Magik Theatre


Magik Childrens Theatre
420 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Runs thru 04/07/2018

PRESS!


 

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."

You can get your copy May 15, 2018


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.

 


And I'm sure @The_Pigeon will keep tweeting...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

THE MO WILLEMS STUDIO MARCH 2018 UPDATE!

March! Lots of theater and art to see, not to mention a new book!

BOOK! 

I am very excited that my first alphabet book, A BUSY CREATURE'S DAY EATING!, publishes on March 6.



It's garnered a starred review from Booklist, who says:

"Creative and hilarious, Willems’ alphabet book has all the right ingredients to become a hit. Be prepared to binge read this one." 

And a 2nd starred review from Publishers Weekly, who says:

"There are a lot of laughs in this feeding frenzy, but just as much tenderness in the final scenes, which poignantly reflect the ABCs of TLC." 

I hope you like it, too! 

Available where ever find alphabet books are sold or at your local library!

EXHIBITS!



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'. 

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.

photo: Renee Rosensteel 

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! 





WORD PLAY!

March 1 - 31, 2018

R. Michelson Galleries
132 Main Street
Northampton, MA

A companion exhibit to last years YOU ARE NOT ALONE exhibit, WORD PLAY is a collection of illustrations exploring the power (and occasional whimsy) of words.

My proceeds for this exhibit will be donated to The Center for New Americans to aid in their language and education efforts for new neighbors from abroad.

You can see much of the art HERE


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

The Eric Carle Museum
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA

Running through April 1, 2018

The exhibition features 96 artworks representing a range of time periods and media, from Harry Bingham Neilson’s 1898 pen-and-ink drawing for Life’s Book of Animals to Ekua Holmes’s 2015 paper collage for Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Iconic picture-book characters Peter Rabbit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eloise, and Shrek will delight guests young and old. Artists represented in the exhibition include Don Freeman, Trina Schart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Simms Taback, Tony DiTerlizzi, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others.
It's an honor to be in this show.

More details HERE.

THEATER!


NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE
 
Seattle Children's Theater
March 22 - 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.

My 3rd play (and first Rock Experience) opens at the SEATTLE CHILDREN'S THEATER on March 22nd. 

I hope you enjoy this show; we had a great time putting it together for you!

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

Details are HERE!


But that's not all: there are lots other regional productions going on in March! Go bring a kid to the theater if you can! It's a wonderful experience for you and the kid'll have fun, too!

 


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

418 West Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507

runs through 03/15/08

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Winona State University

runs thru 03/24/2018


 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Apollo Theater

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

03/16/2018 to 05/27/2018 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Wallis Theatre/northwestern University

1949 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

03/02/2018 to 03/18/2018

Here's a nice article about that production.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at The Magik Theatre

420 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Magik Childrens Theatre

03/02/2018 to 04/07/2018

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

7116 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406-1213
Tacoma Musical Playhouse

03/10/2018 to 03/18/2018

PRESS!


 

Last month I visited a local school as part of the annual FRIENDIVERSARY celebration. We had a ball! Here is a story about the visit and the history of my work with First Book.

You can read more about First Book and our partnership (and how you can help) here.


 

I also visited San Francisco last month to perform at Sketchfest with some comedian pals. We had a blast! The San Francisco Chronicle wrote a story about it.

 


You can hear me chatting about my work on this Chronicle podcast as well.


 

If you want to hear me tell a story from my early days as a writer for Sesame Street, take a listen to this episode of the HOLD ON podcast with Eugene Merman available HERE

 


My publisher, Disney/Hyperion announced the upcoming publication of my new early reader fact/fiction hybrid series, UNLIMITED SQUIRRELS! The first book, I LOST MY TOOTH! hits the shelves this fall. I hope you will enjoy!

The New York Times has a nice review of Bryan Collier's IT'S SHOE TIME!, the latest in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series. 

The HORN BOOK has an interesting overview of the history of Early Readers, with some nice things to say about Elephant & Piggie.

STUFF!

 
Now available at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP is this ELEPHANT GERALD KEYCHAIN!


 
Fear not, Piggie fans! There is also a PIGGIE KEY CHAIN!



If you're looking for signed books of mine, the Carle gift shop is your best bet.

Also available for the first time are 2 limited edition silk scarves based on my designs. One is a recent abstraction:


 

The other is a Pigeon-y pattern:


 

Both scarves are available here!

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.

 


And I'm sure @The_Pigeon will keep tweeting...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

MO WILLEMS STUDIO FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE!


EXHIBITS!



THE PIGEON COMES TO PITTSBURGH! 

The Pittsburgh Childrens Museum
Pittsburgh, PA

February 17 - September 2, 2018
Expert testing prototypes for the final exhibit.


This is an interactive immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation, and much Mo'.  We've been working with the wonderful museum team for a few years and are very excited about this.

You can read about the exhibit HERE! 
More experts testing prototypes.
   
Opening weekend will be filled with wonderful events, as of this time there are tickets available for opening day, but some of the special events are stand-by only. Pls. contact the museum for details.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, I'll be doing two readings at Noon and 2pm (no signing, but a pre-signed book is part of the admission price!).

This show is SOLD OUT, but there may be STAND BY available.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, I'll be in conversation at PITTSBURGH ARTS & LECTURES about my career and work (an event for grown up teachers and artists, no signing, but pre-signed books will be available).

This show is SOLD OUT, but there may be STAND BY available.
Another expert testing prototypes.

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


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

The Eric Carle Museum
Amherst, MA 

Running through April 1, 2018


The exhibition features 96 artworks representing a range of time periods and media, from Harry Bingham Neilson’s 1898 pen-and-ink drawing for Life’s Book of Animals to Ekua Holmes’s 2015 paper collage for Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Iconic picture-book characters Peter Rabbit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eloise, and Shrek will delight guests young and old. Artists represented in the exhibition include Don Freeman, Trina Schart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Simms Taback, Tony DiTerlizzi, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others.

It's an honor to be in this show.

More details HERE.

 

Massachusetts: Where Imagination Comes to Life

A large mural installation featuring many Mass based or Mass born children's illustrators has opened at Logan Airport, in the kids area of Terminal C. Looks like a fun place to wait for your flight!

SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS

There are 2 wonderful shows currently at the Society of Illustrators on East 63rd Street in Manhattan. If you're in the City, you would be remiss to miss them.  

There's a wonderful retrospective of the under-sung cartoon genius Anatol Kovarsky's New Yorker work. Kovarsky had a large impact on my work, especially in the inking and design of the Knuffle Bunny Trilogy.  The exhibit includes a short appreciation by me.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE is a group show of Peter DeSéve's collection.  Pete, who's work spans film design (Ice Age & The Little Prince are 2 stand out examples), New Yorker Covers, picture books, and much more also has one of the world's greatest collection of illustration going back 150 years.  I'm thrilled to have a drawing of mine from Knuffle Bunny Too included in such a remarkable show.

 More details about both exhibits HERE.

FRIENDIVERSARY! (action & event)



The Mo Willems Studio continues our annual gifting of books for 2nd graders in Title 1 Schools in Louisiana and Massachusetts as administered through First Book, a wonderful organization dedicated to getting books into the hands of kids who otherwise would not have access to them. Since 2012 the Friendiversary initiative has given over 60,000 books to young readers

As part of the celebration, I'll be visiting a nearby school, reading, and distributing books.  

If YOU would like to help a local, deserving school near you by funding a Friendiversary package of books, posters, and fun stuff, let the folks at First Book - they'd love to hear from you!   The details on how to help are HERE! 

There are many other First Book ways to get involved in getting books into kids' hands!

 

Additionally the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART will be holding an all day, FREE, event on FEBRUARY 10th, filled with activities, dance, photo-ops with ELEPHANT & PIGGIE, and a FREE BOOK for every kid who shows up (while supplies last).  There's even transportation available from Holyoke and Greenfield to the museum in Amherst.

Hopefully lots of new patrons can come by and see how fun museums can be!

ALL THE DETAILS & SCHEDULE ARE HERE.

PRESS!

 




Thanks to you, the Elephant & Piggie Biggie popped back onto the New York Times Bestseller list for a couple of weeks last month. Thx, YOU!

NEW!

Now available for the first time are 2 limited edition silk scarves based on my designs.  One is a recent abstraction: 

 

The other is a Pigeon-y pattern:

 

Both scarves are available here!

Also newly available are these ELEPHANT & PIGGIE ENAMEL PINS:



PIGEON socks:

 

And READ sweatshirt:

 

All these items (and Mo') are available here!

But there's Mo'!

New Pigeon Back Pack (here):

 

Pigeon Lunch Box (here):

 

Elephant Back Pack (here):

 

And Piggie Lunch Box (here) are also available!

 

Phew! 

 

Also updated for OS11 are our 2 apps DON'T LET THE PIGEON RUN THIS APP! and PIGEON PRESENTS: MO ON THE GO! 



(sorry, these are mac only apps, there are no current plans to adapt them for android or other systems - although you can play the Elephant & Piggie Dance Game at the newly revamped PigeonPresents.com)


THEATER!

ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!



Palo Alto, CA, thru February 11

Don't miss Palo Alto's Children's Theater production!

Details are HERE!

Lexington, KY February 26 - March 15, 2018

Don't miss The Lexington Children's Theater production!

Details are HERE!


UPCOMING!


March looks to be fun, with 2 big events at the start of the month and one at the end.




My first alphabet book A BUSY CREATURE'S DAY EATING! publishes on March 3.  It's garnered a starred review from Booklist, who says:
 
"Creative and hilarious, Willems’ alphabet book has all the right ingredients to become a hit. Be prepared to binge read this one." 

And a 2nd starred review from Publishers Weekly, who says:

"There are a lot of laughs in this feeding frenzy, but just as much tenderness in the final scenes, which poignantly reflect the ABCs of TLC." 

I hope you like it, too!





A new exhibit of personal work entitled WORD PLAY opens at the R. Michelson Galleries on March 1 and runs through the month.  Proceeds from the sales will benefit The Center for New Americans.



My 3rd play (and first Rock Experience), NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED! opens at the SEATTLE CHILDREN'S THEATER on March 22nd.  I hope you enjoy this show; we had a great time putting it together for you!

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

THAT'S IT!




But, if you want to poke around the blog, some topics that might interest you are on the sidebar.