Tuesday, May 1, 2018

MO WILLEMS STUDIO MAY - JUNE 2018 UPDATE!

Here's a look at events and happenings over next two months of May and June.  If something fun is happening in your area, go check it out.  I hope you have a great early summer of reading, playing, and fun!
 
BOOKS!


 

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." 

I'm a huge fan of the 5th installment of the series.  LeUyen has been fun to work with and her color-work is amazing!

You can get your copy May 15, 2018 at your favorite book shop or library.

There are also a few new foreign editions out:







A new Simplified Chinese collection of six Pigeon stories from New Star Press

MO WILLEMS' THANK-O-RAMA TOUR !
 

Best pals Elephant & Piggie will be traveling across the eastern seaboard to some of their very favorite indie bookstores and would love to meet you. It's all part of the THANK-O-RAMA TOUR 2018!

Each store will have their own celebration that will include games, fun, photo-ops, books, and a chance to meet and take pictures with Elephant & Piggie!



The schedule (which is always subject to change, so call the venues first) is here:

Sun, 5/13 – Flying Pig (Shelburne, VT)

Thurs, 5/17 – Northshire Bookstore (Manchester Center, VT)

Fri, 5/18 – An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA)

Sat, 5/19 – RJ Julia Bookstore (Madison, CT)

Sun, 5/20 – Book Revue (Huntington, NY)

Tue, 5/22 - Children’s Book World (Haverford, PA)

Sat, 5/26 – Hooray for Books (Alexandria, VA)




The tour isn't coming to your town?  Don't worry: you can check out videos, a thank you spinner, downloadables, and mo' at the updated THANK-O-RAMA WEBSITE and have your own Thank-o-Rama fun! 


In addition to this tour, Elephant & Piggie often make visits to schools and libraries around the country throughout the year for pictures and hugs.  I love it when they do.

EXHIBIT!



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'.  The whole team behind this show did some amazing work over the past few years to bring you an fun experience where you can explore your creativity in a myriad of ways.

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!


And here is a fun behind-the-scenes video interview.

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

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


 
 
Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater (Lancaster, PA)


510 Centerville Rd. 
Lancaster, PA 17601

May 15 - June 8, 2018


ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!" at the QUINCY COMMUNITY THEATER (Quincy, IL)

300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 118
Quincy, IL 62301 


June 14 - 17, 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 Circa 21 Dinner Thtre


June 12- 30, 2018
1828 Third Ave
Po Box 3784
Rock Island, IL 61201


INTERVIEWS

 

Here's an in-depth interview for grown ups on New England Public Radio.

Here's a interview with TIME FOR KIDS for grades K-1 .


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.




Remember, you can get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop