Monday, August 26, 2019

Mo Willems Studio SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER 2019 UPDATE!

KENNEDY CENTER!


This September features a big, fun, free concert as part of MoKC, my Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center:  

I'll be there along with my composer, Deborah Wicks La Puma, and a great group of singers and musicians to sing songs from all of my musical productions, including a sneak peek at DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! THE MUSICAL!



The show is part of the opening of the REACH.

Tickets are FREE, but you have to get them before they're gone

Additionally, there will be drawing stations at THE MOONSHOT STUDIO!

And a new, free APP, where a virtual reality PIGEON will help guide you around the Kennedy Center!

And THIS:




Yep, that's a very, very large PIGEON that will be hanging out at the KC for a while.

The Washington Post gives the details about the shows, 20ft Pigeon, and sequins!

That's not all:


Tickets to this fall's WORLD PREMIER of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! THE MUSICAL! are on sale now.  We've been working on this show for a couple of years and I'm very excited to share during it's holiday run (November 2019 - January 2020) at the Kennedy Center and the national tour that will follow. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours while you can!



Also available 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!

There are a few fun releases of new books and collections coming out in the fall.  I hope you enjoy reading them!

Please check them out at your local library or bookstore:


Sept. 17, 2019
For the 2nd time ever, 5 Elephant and Piggie adventures are collected in a single volume!  There are a few extras as well in An ELEPHANT & PIGGIE BIGGIE BIGGIE! 
Oct. 1, 2019
In Who is the Mystery Reader?, Zoom Squirrel tries out a new superpower with help from a mysterious Mystery Reader. But will the Squirrel pals ever find out who the real Mystery Reader is? Do you know more about reading than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!
An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels. 

The 2nd Squirrel-tastic adventure!
Oct. 22, 2019
THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH BOOK! is Mo Willems' fan favorite condensed in a bath book format with high-quality Pigeon bath toy-available only with this set.

The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.


Oct. 22, 2019

NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE LP & BOOK COMBO! 

Yes, it happened: last year's rock opera based on Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed is being released on vinyl!  This limited release features the original cast album, lyrics, and a paperback edition of the book that started it all.

I'm super excited about this release that is sure to become a collectors item and it sounds great!

BROOKLYN!

I'm looking forward to returning to the BROOKLYN BOOK FEST.

I am honored to have been named a Best of Brooklyn BoBi by the Brooklyn Book Festival, joining the ranks of some incredible authors.  


I'll be doing two events on Kids Day, Saturday September 21, 2019:
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We welcome educators to a special morning event featuring Mo Willems, in conversation with Robie Harris, the award-winning author of over thirty children’s books. Willems is the number one NYT best-selling author and illustrator of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and the celebrated Elephant & Piggie early reader series.  Pre-signed books will be available for sale following the event.


Tickets are FREE, but you must RSVP to teachers@brooklynbookfestival.org




Mo Willems reading for kids




Mo Willems, bestselling author and illustrator, takes to the stage to regale children with an animated  reading of his books including The Pigeon Has To Go To School! and a sneak preview of his upcoming book, Who is the Mystery Reader? An Unlimited Squirrels Book. Pre-signed books will be available for sale following the event.

Tickets are FREE, but it's 1st come 1st serve. It will probably fill up quickly, so come early.

I look forward to seeing you!

Here's an interview I did w/ the Festival about my favorite books.
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.

But there's more:


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.


CINDERELLA & CO. - THREE FAIRY TALES REIMAGINED.

Brandywine River Museum of Art
Chadds Ford, PA

October 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020


For this exhibition, guest curator H. Nichols B. Clark, Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Emeritus, has deflected textual considerations and focused on the broad array of imagery; the central premise is to consider the three tales and upend the status quo of traditional depictions. The work of nineteenth and early twentieth-century masters such as George Cruikshank, Walter Crane, and L. Leslie Brooke will provide examples of classic styles and interpretations that influenced numerous traditional artists such as Marcia Brown, Paul Galdone, Barbara McClintock, and Jerry Pinkney. These orthodox images will be juxtaposed with unconventional interpretations, such as the more experimental and edgy visions exemplified by the art of Steven Guarnaccia, James Marshall, Lane Smith, William Wegman, David Wiesner, and Mo Willems.
Illustrations, explored as signifiers of time and culture, reveal the extraordinary versatility inherent in the stories. Rich multicultural readings, such as those from China (Ed Young), the Spice Islands of Indonesia (Reynold Ruffins), the Caribbean (Brian Pinkney), Russia (Anita Lobel), and Mexico (Tomie dePaola) underscore the notion that these treasured stories live visually in many different forms and lend themselves to surprisingly diverse interpretation.

THEATER!


There is one production of my musical plays going on this fall.  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:





Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at Farmers Alley Theatre

Farmers Alley Theatre
221 Farmers Alley
KalamazooMI 49007

10/12/2019 to 10/26/2019



Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Northbrook Theatre

Northbrook Park District
3323 Walters Ave.
NorthbrookIL 60062
10/05/2019 to 11/09/2019







Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Glen Echo Park

Adventure Theatre 
7300 Macarthur Boulevard
Glen EchoMD 20812
09/20/2019 to 10/20/2019

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at 2nd Stage


South Carolina Childrens Theatre
153 Augusta Street
GreenvilleSC 29601


10/01/2019 to 02/28/2020

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

First Stage Childrens Theatre
325 W Walnut St
MilwaukeeWI 53212-3868

09/21/2019 to 11/03/2019

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Stages Productions

Stages Productions
3751 Wiregrass Road
New Port RicheyFL 34655


10/22/2019 to 11/22/2019

RECAP + Thanks!

Thanks to YOU, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, joining the list with Elephant & Piggie's Waiting is not Easy!

The TODAY show thought the book is great for back to school, along with some other great titles.

Shelf Awareness liked it, too, calling it the best Pigeon book yet, the Wall Street Journal also liked it, and the New York Times featured it as a back to school book.  


I had great fun chatting with Morning Edition's Rachel Martin about my books, philosophy, and work at the Kennedy Center.  You can hear it here!


The 2nd MO WILLEMS Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones was a blast! 



Thanks to all who came out for the reading, first pitch and game.


We had so much fun this July at DON'T LET THE PIGEON DO STORYTIME! featuring the Storytime All-Stars! 



The cast, crew, and audience were all wonderful!  We're cutting the footage right now for future broadcast!

STUFF!



The folks at Out of Print have a new Knuffle Bunny T-Shirt (for all sizes).  Check out all their fun stuff HERE.



The folks at YottoY have a new Pigeon Bus pencil holder! Check out all their fun stuff HERE.

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.