Monday, July 1, 2019

MO WILLEMS STUDIO JULY & AUGUST 2019 UPDATE!

KENNEDY CENTER!


We are busy gearing up for the first big show launching my tenure as Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center:  

DON'T LET THE PIGEON DO STORYTIME! featuring the Storytime All-Stars! 


July 13, 2019
This all-star show features comedians performing my books as sketch, songs, drawing, and more.  Based on the shows we've been doing semi-regularly at the San Francisco Sketchfest, but bigger! This is going to be great fun!

The July 13, 2019 show is has just released a final batch of tickets and it will come to screen near you in the future!



FYI: tickets to this fall's WORLD PREMIER of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! THE MUSICAL! go on sale on JULY 16, 2019 (members: JULY 9).  We've been working on this show for a couple of years and I'm very excited to share during it's holiday run at the Kennedy Center and the national tour that will follow. Get your tickets while you can!



Also available July 19 are tickets to a symphonic rendition of GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS, my collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra and Ben Folds that will be performed in April of 2020.  This, also, has been great fun to work on.

You can go to the MoKC site to learn more about some the events, programs, and outreach that MoKC has planned for the next 2 years.


 


 It's all incredibly exciting and a great honor.  Also, fun!

BOOKS!






The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go?Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!
Booklist loved it, saying in a starred review: 

"Children on their way to kindergarten may recognize themselves in Pigeon’s story and take heart at his (eventual) enthusiasm...Pigeon's been winning hearts since he first appeared with that bus, and best-selling, multi-multi-award- winning Willems is irresistible to kids and grown-ups alike."

Kirkus also gave it a starred review, saying: "the ending... is so Willems, so Pigeon, and so perfect."

I hope you'll enjoy it as well.

The book arrives at your favorite bookstore or library on July 2, 2019.

And UK fans can get their copy on August 1, 2019.

Here's a sneak peek at some books coming out this fall...


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EXHIBITS!
THE PIGEON COMES TO ST. LOUIS!

At the Magic House  runs thru Sept 8, 2019!




This interactive, immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation and much Mo' is designed to spark creativity in kids and grown up pals.





There are many fun experiences for you and your family to enjoy.  Hopefully, it will spark the whole family to start writing and drawing together.  

I hope you'll have fun when you visit.



You can read about the process behind the exhibit HERE.  



The next stop will be the Chicago Children's Museum in late Sept. 2019 thru Jan. 2020!

Interested to know if The Pigeon will be coming to your town?  This site has the latest on the exhibit's schedule.

Illustrated Animals in Conversation

Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, NY

A group show at the Katonah Museum of Art features original Elephant & Piggie illustrations plus work by Nick Bruel, Eric Carle, Carson Ellis, Jerry Pinkney, Giselle Potter, and Marisabina Russo!

The Show runs through September 22, 2019

Full DETAILS HERE.

THEATER!


There is one production of my musical plays going on this summer.  If you're in the area, take a kid to the theater.  You'll be exposing a young mind to the joys of live performance, and I'll bet you have a great time, too!

Here's what's running now:




Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Ocean City Music Pier

Moorlyn Terrace And The Boardwalk
Ocean CityNJ 08226
Ocean City Theatre Company



07/16/2019 to 07/17/2019






Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Ocean City Music Pier

Moorlyn Terrace And The Boardwalk
Ocean CityNJ 08226
Ocean City Theatre Company
07/09/2019 to 07/10/2019

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Coterie Theatre

2450 Grand Avenue
Suite 144
Kansas CityMO 64108
Coterie Theatre

06/11/2019 to 08/04/2019


Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Lerner Family Theatre

4908 Auburn Ave
BethesdaMD 20814-2629
Imagination Stage

06/24/2020 to 08/16/2020


Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Co

132 Linnel Road
BrewsterMA 02631
Cape Cod Repertory Theatre D.b.a. Cape Rep Theatre


06/24/2019 to 08/26/2019




BASEBALL!


Yes, it's a twice in a lifetime experience:

MO WILLEMS NIGHT at the BROOKLYN CYCLONES  Sat. Aug. 10!

We had so much fun at the Cyclones last year, we decided to do it again, but with an all new Knuffle Bobble Head, special jerseys auctioned for charity, and lots of surprises! Also, Baseball!




Regular TICKETS HERE!



Special Tickets with a Reading, Book, E+P Photo Op, and Bobble head are HERE!

Here's a look at last year's fun.  Hopefully, I throw a better first pitch this year.



KNUFFLE BUNNY STATUE!


I had a wonderful time in Park Slope Brooklyn in June for the unveiling of the KNUFFLE BUNNY STATUE at the Park Slope Public Library.

It was a real Aggle Flaggle Klabble moment!

You can visit it, too!  6th Ave and 9th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn!

Here's the story.

And the back story.


I LOVE FOREIGN EDITIONS!


I really do.  Here are some recent ones:




PRESS!

The Wall Street Journal had a short interview about the latest Pigeon book and my career in books.

THAT'S IT!

Remember there's always more to see on the various blogs and PigeonPresents .

You can get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop.