I'm on sabbatical for the next year. While I will be making various appearances in Europe and beyond, mostly I'll be spending time at the home base in Paris, France drawing and doodling.
You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos on weekdays.
October 15 is the publication date for Elephant and Piggie's newest adventure, I'm a Frog!
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In I'm a Frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie's new identity?
I'm real excited about this one and hope this new adventure will make you hoppy!
For those of you twitterly inclined, I'll be participating in a Q&A twitter session on release day! Here are the details:
Macaroni Kids: I’M A FROG Twitter Party
Party Time: OCTOBER 15, 1 – 2 p.m. EST. I'll be answering questions at a special twitter account @MoWillems_Says. Join in if you can! (hashtag #Iamafrog!)
Also just released is the eBook and iBook versions of YOU CAN NEVER FIND A RICKSHAW WHEN IT MONSOONS: THE WORLD ON ONE CARTOON A DAY, my first grown up book documenting the year I spent backpacking around the year and making a cartoon every day. It's a fun travelogue with a great intro by pal Dave Barry. If you're an e or i reader, check it out.
"A compilation of Mo’s sketchbooks from the past two decades, this offers a fly-on-the-wall look at where the illustrator’s ideas originate...In addition to Mo’s general introduction, he briefly introduces each of the 20 sketchbooks. For instance, Mo tells us that Sketchbook 5, called “I’m Fine,” was inspired by William Steig’s The Lonely Ones (1970). Other entries include “Lazy Day Doodles,” “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs” (now a picture book), and the hysterical “Olive Hue Show Mutts,” in which a drunk, slurring rabbit reminds adults just how hard it is to learn to read. The clean design and pastel background colors echo Mo’s picture books, and the volume will delight his numerous fans—his adult fans (but let’s not pigeonhole)—from beginning to end."In addition, there is this lovely review of the collection in Book Page.
If you're around Dublin, drop by some of my events Oct. 23-26. Some events are open to the public, some group events, there's even a fun window event. Admissions vary and stand by tickets may be available. Please contact the venue before you come by. I'd love to say 'hi' to you.
The events are as follows:
Wednesday, October 23, 10:30 am
SCHOOLS EVENT AT THE RIVERBANK ARTS CENTRE.
I'll be reading and doodling and jumping around with school groups. We'll even all get to make a drawing of a petulant bird.
Schools only booking is here.
Thursday, October 24, 11 am
SCHOOLS EVENT AT COUNTY LIBRARY, TALLAGHT.
Another fun schools event. Contact Children's Book Ireland for details.
Thursday, October 24, 6pm
EASON O'CONNELL ST.,
40 Lower O'Connell St., DUBLIN
This reading and signing is open to the public. I'll be reading some books, answering questions, jumping around, and using an American Accent. This is the gig for those of you with kids. I'll be doing a more grown-up presentation on Friday. Not to be missed!
This event is open to the public, but ticketed. Full details here.
Friday, October 25, 10 am
HODGES FIGGIS- WINDOW!
56-58 Dawson St, Dublin
I'll be spending the morning at the lovely window of the HODGES FIGGIS creating a giant Pigeon-y window display with a bunch of local kids. Come on by the store and watch us in our natural environment. There will be a couple of breaks to sign books as well.
Really looking forward to this event that is open to the public!
Friday, October 25, NOON.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND, 2 Kildare Street, Dublin
I'll be appearing as part of the Children’s Book Festival 2013/ FÉILE LEABHAR NA bPÁISTÍ 2013 with a reading and a signing.
Note: this event will be about how I go about my work and consequently may not be as much fun for the very youngest. If you want to bring the kids, drop by the Thursday evening gig at EASON O'CONNELL ST.
Tickets for this event are free of charge but must be booked in advance. Please email email@example.com. I'M TOLD THE SHOW IS SOLD OUT, BUT STAND BY TICKETS MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO SHOW UP.
That's it for Ireland. Please do drop by and say hello if you're in the area.
EXHIBITS & SHOWS!
For those of you States-side, why not drop by the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA:
SERIOUSLY SILLY: A DECADE OF ART & WHIMSY BY MO WILLEMS is on view at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.
"Comprising nearly 100 works, the exhibition surveys the full range of his prolific output from the award-winning Knuffle Bunny series, the irresistible Pigeon books, stand-alone efforts such as Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, as well as his early reader series, Elephant and Piggie and Cat the Cat. The exhibition will also provide an informative insight into the artist’s meticulous working process."
Elephant and Piggie will be visiting the Museum on October 26 & 27th along with a full slate of screening of my animated films! Check out the Carle for more info.
Tickets are available for November's premiere of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Get 'em while they last!
Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL! spent a few weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list last month. Thanks, you!
"A fundraising event and auction featuring personal contributions of original works of art from more than 40 beloved contemporary children’s book illustrators. All proceeds to benefit the Emergency and Trauma Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital."
My drawing is a sketch I did of Elephant, Piggie, & Pigeon during and for my recent TODAY SHOW appearance. Do check out all the art that is available, there is some really great stuff to see/get.
(Here's a nice background story on the effort).
Here's a post from last year with a slew of homemade Halloween costumes based on some of my characters. I love it when folks dress up. If you're making a costume this year, why not send a picture over to my publisher. We'd love to see 'em!