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!




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