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...