Saturday, November 28, 2015

DECEMBER 2015 UPDATE!

December is going to be a fun month filled with exhibits, musicals, and one appearance!

THEATER!

There are excellent 2 productions of Elephant & Piggie's musical this month.  Go see a show if you're in the area!
 

If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!  

WASHINGTON, DC

  
The Kennedy Center is remounting the vaudevillian adventure ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! The show is on now and runs through January 6th.

Show are selling out, so get your tickets now! Tickets and information are here!

The production features the original director and choreographer, so this is going to be a great show! Particularly exciting is that this production is going to go on a lengthy tour in 2016, hopefully near you!  The first leg of the tour has been announced (scroll down)!


I was able to visit for a few days of rehearsals with the new cast.  
They are all wonderful and bring something very different to the show.  
It's going to be a fantastic production.

I hope you'll get a chance to see the shows if you're in the area!

The KC has also a fun resource of videos for students to learn about the creation of the original production.

SEATTLE, WA


The Seattle Children's Theater production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! has been held over through December 6.  The folks at the Seattle Children's Theater put on amazing productions, so this should be a great show!

Tickets and details here.

Here is a nice review of the production! 

And!LICM Theater

The Long Island Children's Museum has a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL running from December 2 - 19th!

 APPEARANCES!


I'll be visiting Washington, DC to see the Kennedy Center's production of 
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! 
and to sign books for you on 

Saturday, December 19th from 2:45 to 3:45 PM ET.
in the Kennedy Center's Hall of Nations.  

Looking forward to seeing the show and you!

EXHIBITS!

 ATLANTA, GA

SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS is on view at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA!


The exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with added original work and cool interactive stuff. Don't miss it!

The crowds have been great, with families spending lots of time hanging out with the art and books. I'm very excited about the exhibit and hope you'll have a blast viewing it! 






The exhibit runs through January 10, 2016.  


NORTHAMPTON, MA


The R Michelson Galleries presents its 26th annual Children's Illustration Exhibit, which runs  through January 15th, 2016.

Truly a who's who, the exhibit will feature recent work from a slew of impressive illustrators, many of them Caldecott medalists or honorees.  I'm happy to have some recent Elephant and Piggie work in the show.

Full details are here.

NEW YORK CITY



The Society of Illustrators annual juried exhibit of picture book art includes an Elephant & Piggie image as well as a Tony DiTerlizzi drawing from THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA.  Go check it out.  The show runs through December 23 and selections (including mine) will travel after that..

Full details are here.

INTERVIEWS!
 
Last month, I sat down with Kojo Nnamdi at the Kojo Show on Washington DC's NPR affiliate to chat about my work and take calls from the listeners.  It was a fun hour of chat with some lovely callers.  Take a listen here.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!


I'm excited about being part of the San Francisco Sketchfest again at the end of January, 2016.  This will be my 3rd appearance at the fest and my 1st doing material for grown-ups in addition to our family show..

They are as follows:


MO WILLEMS' WRITING FOR KIDS FOR GROWN-UPS!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 7.30pm
Doc's Lab (124 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133) 

#1 NYTimes bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems discusses his work for children in a bar setting while cursing like a sailor who just won 2nd place in a sailor-cursing contest. An intimate evening of comedy, cartoon processes, personal story, and story structure from a 6-time Emmy Award, 3-time Caldecott Honor, 2-time Geisel Medal winner and notorious potty mouth. 
FULL DETAILS AND TICKETS for this special show HERE!



DON'T LET THE COMEDIANS DO STORYTIME!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 11am
Marines Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102)

Featuring the StoryTime All-Stars

John Cho!
Janeane Garofalo! 
Mary Holland! 
Brian Huskey! 
Jonathan Katz! 
Phoebe Robinson!
Kate Micucci! 
Matt Walsh! 
 and yours truly.  
 #1 NYTimes bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems returns to Sketchfest with another stellar group of close personal acquaintances and comedy royalty to perform some of his best-loved books featuring The Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny! Fun for all, it's a morning or laughs, singing, drawing, a sneak-peek premier of an unpublished book, and Mo.
 FULL DETAILS AND TICKETS HERE!

Tickets for these shows tend to sell out (the Storytime show was 1/2 sold out in the first hour), so if you're in SF at the end of January, get your tickets and come on by to either (or both) of my shows.

NEWS & REVIEWS!

The end of October saw the publication of Elephant & Piggie's latest adventure, I REALLY LIKE SLOP!


Booklist loved the story, saying in a starred review, "Willems has written another laugh-out-loud winner that will leave kids shouting for second helpings—or even thirds."

Kirkus liked Slop! saying, "“Yummy” may be highly subjective, but friendship is transcendent."

Thanks to you I REALLY LIKE SLOP! debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and it's stayed on all month. Thanks, you!



Parents Magazine named THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA one of the best books for 2015

Amazon named THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA as their best book of the year (ages 6-8) for 2015, and named Elephant & Piggie's I WILL TAKE A NAP! as one of the best.  What great news!

Publishers Weekly's Shelf Talker wrote a lovely, flattering review of THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA. 

The Chicago Tribune also loves DIVA & FLEA, saying, "The story is the real thing, too, a magical journey into the heart of a city — and a friendship — I want to read about again and again."

The San Francisco Chronicle also liked Diva & Flea, saying, "With wit and style, mirrored in lively ink drawings, this charmer serves as a cheerful love letter to Paris."

Thanks to you, DIVA & FLEA returned to the New York Times Chapter Book Bestseller list for a few weeks.  Thanks, you, for supporting this new literary adventure for me.

The New York Times Gift Guide recommends DON'T LET THE PIGEON FINISH THIS ACTIVITY BOOKS! for your travels!

MO STUFF!

With the holidays approaching, please check out the MO STUFF site, a listing of anything available based on my work including Books, Shirts, Animated Cartoons, Stuffed Pals, Bumper Stickers, Hats, Bags and much more.  The site links to either the producers of the stuff or a local seller.  Do try to buy local if you can.

If you're looking for more of a one-stop-shopping location, try the Mo Willems Store at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM BOOKSHOP.  Their on-line shop includes many Carle Museum exclusives and signed books and DVDs!

BOOKS!



I'm happy and proud to have a comic story in Boom Studio's recent coffee-table anthology PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ.  Sparky has always been a great hero.  There are some fun, weird, beautiful, and personal stories in there.  Check it out.

THAT'S IT!

Thanks for a wonderful 2015

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If you'd like to see some of my cartoons and doodles, check out FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK., which features 25 months of drawings and ideas from Paris, France, Northampton, MA, and beyond.

Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...