Friday, March 28, 2014

APRIL UPDATE!


BIRDth-DAY!


April 1st marks the 11th anniversary of the publication of my first book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Because of the support of Librarians, Teachers, Parents, Grand-Parents, and Fans the last 11 years have been a wonderful ride filled with opportunities for me to write, draw, and meet fantastic kids and grown-ups all over the world.

Thank you for this gift.


This month has a bunch of fun stuff going on, including the publication of a brand new Pigeon book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (mo' on that below)
 
COMIX!

I'm on sabbatical for the year.  While I will be making various appearances in Europe and beyond, mostly I'll be spending time at the home base in Paris, France drawing and doodling.  


You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos on weekdays.

EXHIBITS!



A fun exhibit in Seoul, Korea!  "The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children's Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems" is currently at Seongnam Arts Center.

808, Seongnam-daero, 
Bundang-gu, 
Seongnam-si, 
Gyeonggi-do.



The show is filled with a large selection of my book work including various interactive activities and runs though June 8, 2014.

 
On view through April 27 at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich, Germany is a show entitled Knuffle Bunny Meets Rosa Parks. Award-winning American Picture Books from the Lawrence R. Sipe Collection

NEW!

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!  has landed on the shelves!  I hope you enjoy Pigeon's latest adventure in basic hygiene!

 

The folks at Babble have a few preview pictures and a short interview that includes the following video starring Rock Dove:

 

You can see more of Rock Dove's work in this earlier report he filed.


In addition, two new versions of Cat the Cat Books will be released at the end of the month.  The first out of the gate of these slightly revised BOARD BOOK versions are WHO IS THAT, CAT THE CAT? and  WHO FLIES, CAT THE CAT? Mo' info can be gleaned at GoMo.net



VIDEOS!


The folks at the Kennedy Center have posted 3 documentary videos about the creation of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! They're pretty great and give a peek into the actual production of the musical in addition to what went into it.

You can check out all the videos HERE.



The Kennedy Center also made some videos about KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL a few years back.  Those are here.



THEATER!


Speaking of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL, a new production opens up on April 19 at the GROWING STAGE Children's Theater of New Jersey in Netcong, NJ.  The show runs through May 18.  Full details are HERE.


VOTE!

Award Seal designed by Maurice Sendak

I'm thrilled that THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! has been named a finalist for the Irma Black Award, administered by the fine folks at the Bank Street School.  What makes this award particularly exciting is that real 1st and 2nd graders from all over the world get to vote for their favorite picture book of the year.



If you want your students to have a say, you can register here (voting ends April 20). So, go vote!



APPEARANCES!  


I have one signing this month in the lovely French town of Tours.

Saturday April 12th at 3pm - 6pm  

I'll be reading and signing (in French)

at

Libr'enfant Librairie spécialisée jeunesse Librairie Sorcière - ALSJ
48 Rue Colbert
37000 Tours


There will be all sorts of events earlier in the day followed by my signing.  

Please do drop by if you're in the area.

CONTEST!
I'm excited about this classroom/lego contest where kids are encouraged to create their own Pigeon stories in LEGO. The winners will receive a 2 foot tall Pigeon made of LEGO (& a video from me) or exclusive limited edition LEGO MINI-PIGEONS! (yikes!)

Guidelines here.

FULL DETAILS HERE.


Entries are due by October 31, 2014

THAT'S IT!





That's this month's post.  Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...
 

Friday, February 28, 2014

MARCH UPDATE!



 COMIX!

I'm on sabbatical for the year.  While I will be making various appearances in Europe and beyond, mostly I'll be spending time at the home base in Paris, France drawing and doodling.  


You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos on weekdays.

EXHIBITS!



A fun exhibit in Seoul, Korea!  "The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children's Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems" is currently at Seongnam Arts Center.

808, Seongnam-daero, 
Bundang-gu, 
Seongnam-si, 
Gyeonggi-do.

The show is filled with a large selection of my book work including various interactive activities and runs though June 8, 2014 (See more about my recent visit to the show below)

(Here is an article about the show-in Korean...) 



Meanwhile, stateside, the McDaniel College in Baltimore, MD has a group show entitled Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children's Books featuring a stellar line up (and also featuring a few of my pieces). 
 

APPEARANCES!

I'll be making two appearances just down the street from the Eiffel Tower for the AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS this month.  One for kids and one for grown-ups.  BOTH in English.  Also, I'll have a signing at the Paris Salon du Livre.



Saturday March 8th at 3pm, STORYTIME FOR KIDS, off-site @ the American Cathedral (23 avenue George V, 75008)

I'll be reading some of my books for the kids off-site at the American Cathedral followed by a Q+A.  This will be a particularly fun gig as I'll be giving a world premier of a brand new, not yet released, PIGEON book!

Note: Space will be limited, so first come, first serve.  There will be NO signing after this event (there will be one for the grown up event later in the month). This event is open to the public, but non-members will have to purchase a day pass for their child.

FULL DETAILS HERE.

Tuesday March 18th at 19.30 h, TALK FOR ADULTS at the AMERICAN LIBRARY

10, rue du Général Camou 75007 Paris

This event will take place at the library. I'll be discussing my career, my work, and breaking down the construction of one of my books. Should be fun for artists, students, teachers, and those who think this kind of thing is fun.

Note: There will be a signing after the event with book sales at the event including my adult cartoon retrospective. Limit books from home to one, please. This event is free and open to the public. FULL DETAILS HERE.



Dédicace au Salon du Livre

Sunday March 23, 14h-16h at the l’école des loisirs stand (L63).

Je vais faire une dédicace de mes livres français sur.  Allez!

The Salon du Livre is the big annual Paris book festival.  It should be a great event with booksellers of all kinds filling up the exhibit hall. I'll be signing French editions of my work at Stand L63.  

This is a French event, but I'll speak English (or Dutch) to you if you'd like. 

If you're in Paris for either of these events, please do drop by.  It would be nice to see you.

VIDEO!

I was asked by the nice folks at the American Library Association to document my feeling about Elephant & Piggie's recent Geisel Honor for A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL! So, I did: 


You can see other reactions by other honorees here.

CONTEST!
I'm excited about this classroom/lego contest where kids are encouraged to create their own Pigeon stories in LEGO. The winners will receive a 2 foot tall Pigeon made of LEGO (& a video from me) or exclusive limited edition LEGO MINI-PIGEONS! (yikes!)

FULL DETAILS HERE.


A little while back, pal & cartoonist Mark Anderson took it upon himself to create his own Lego Pigeon.  You can see how he did it here (it's as easy as 1, 2, 3 x 3,40589 - x 34)

RECAP!

I spent a few days at the end of February in Seoul, South Korea visiting "The Pigeon Goes to Seoul" exhibit, meeting fans and doing the press rounds.  It was a wonderful (and delicious) trip. The show is lovely and great fun and our hosts were fantastic.  Below are a few photos to give a sense of the trip.

We had a really fun reading and drawing demo at the center.  Everyone was fabulously silly.


The kids were really fun...
and ADORABLE.

The show is filled with all sorts of interactive activities.  Love that they made a twirly thing based on my Red Elephant sculpture at the Eric Carle Museum.
The fun continues after you've seen the show with these amazing origami patterns of Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie!
Much of the rest of the trip was spent with the guy on the left, Soon, who translated for all of the press events and gave us a great tour of the city's many fabulous restaurants.
 
I was given the royal treatment.  Thanks to all for all the work, and all the fun.

NEW!

A slew of new books are coming out next month, including THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! on April 1st (which is incidentally The Pigeon's 11th birthday).  I hope you enjoy his latest adventure!




I'll be doing a "Satelite Tour" on the 1st, which means I'll be chatting with local morning news programs across the US.  As soon as I get a tentative list of the stations, I'll let you know.


In addition, two new versions of Cat the Cat Books will be released at the end of the month.  The first out of the gate of these slightly revised BOARD BOOK versions are WHO IS THAT, CAT THE CAT? and  WHO FLIES, CAT THE CAT? Mo' info can be gleaned at GoMo.net

NICE!




Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's I'M A FROG! hopped back onto the NYTimes Besteller list for a week at #10.  Thanks, you! 



Elephant & Piggie's LISTEN TO MY TRUMPET! garnered a mention on the Capitol Choices list of noteworthy books for 2013.  A nice recognition and a great list.

THAT'S IT!



That's this month's post.  Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...
 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

FEBRUARY UPDATE!



There is a bunch of fun things that are happening in February.  Please scroll down and have a gander.

COMIX!

I'm on sabbatical for the year.  While I will be making various appearances in Europe and beyond, mostly I'll be spending time at the home base in Paris, France drawing and doodling.  


You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos on weekdays.

EXHIBITS



SERIOUSLY SILLY: A DECADE OF ART & WHIMSY BY MO WILLEMS is on view at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA thru February 23rd.



"Comprising nearly 100 works, the exhibition surveys the full range of his prolific output from the award-winning Knuffle Bunny series, the irresistible Pigeon books, stand-alone efforts such as Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, as well as his early reader series, Elephant and Piggie and Cat the Cat. The exhibition will also provide an informative insight into the artist’s meticulous working process."



Opening on February 7th in Seoul, Korea is an exhibition entitled  "The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children's Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems" at Seongnam Arts Center.

808, Seongnam-daero, 
Bundang-gu, 
Seongnam-si, 
Gyeonggi-do.

This promises to be an exciting show filled with a large selection of my book work including various interactive activities.  I'll be visiting the exhibit in late February (more on that below).

The show runs though June 8, 2014

If you can't make it to Amherst or Seoul, how about: 
 

Fantastic Rumpus: 50 Years of Children’s Book Illustration an exhibit of contemporary children's book illustration (including some of mine) is at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, MI through Feb. 9th, 2014.

(You might spot The Pigeon trying to drive a Kalamazoo bus during the run of this exhibit- literally.  If you do, DON'T LET HIM DRIVE!) 

At McDaniel College in Baltimore, MD is Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children's Books featuring a stellar line up (and also featuring a few of my pieces.  The show runs through March.

APPEARANCES!

ANGOULÊME
I have a series of signings and small events during the gigantic comic book festival at Angoulême, France running from January 30- February 2. If you can make it, come on by.  The French cartoonists have a tradition of adding huge, fun drawings in every book; a tradition I'll do my best to continue...

Thursday, Jan. 30

16h-18H  Signing at the RUE DE SÈVRES stand (CM18).

Saturday. Feb. 1

18h-19h  Signing at the RUE DE SÈVRES stand (CM18).

Sunday. Feb.2

10h30-12h30  Signing at the RUE DE SÈVRES stand (CM18).

I'm thrilled to attend this incredible event, much less be a part of it.  Please do drop by and say hello if you're in the area, especially as I'll have Pigeon temporary tattoos!

 


Seoul, Korea

I'll be visiting the Korean installation of the Pigeon Goes to Seoul Exhibit at the end of February.  It will be a short trip, but if you're in the area, please come by:

Sunday Feb. 23 at the Seongnam Arts Center

808, Seongnam-daero, 
Bundang-gu, 
Seongnam-si, 
Gyeonggi-do.


10:00-11:30 am : Book-signing with 100 ticket holders at the small exhibition room located on third floor at Seongnam Art Center. You can pre-purchase tickets through the naver website: http://cafe.naver.com/clalice

11:30-12:30: Reading and drawing demonstration for ticket holders.
TICKET HOLDERS are (as I understand it) limited by space for the signing and include exhibit entry.  There is no limit on those who want to see the show and/or the reading & drawing demo.

  
HELP!




On the week of Feb. 9th, First Book will be celebrating Elephant and Piggie's FRIENDIVERSARY! An opportunity to have fun, celebrate friendship, and insure that every 2nd grader attending a Title 1 school in New Orleans, Springfield (MA), & Holyoke (MA) will go home with their very own book to read and share with family and friends.


The studio has been getting books out to kids for 7 years or so and teamed up with the really great folks at First Book 4 years ago.

And this year you can help!

If there's a title 1 school in your area you'd like to sponsor and help celebrate Friendiversary with First Book Edition of books for kids, special posters and activities, well then you can.

ALL THE FRIENDIVERSARY INFO IS HERE.



Mo' info about Friendiversary here (including the ever illusive "Friendiversary Dance" in it's natural environment).


Past posts from past years about Friendiversary here.




On FEBRUARY 1ST, the Eric Carle Museum will be celebrating Friendiversary with free admission to the museum and special buses bringing in kids from Springfield and Holyoke for the day.  Elephant and Piggie will be there as will author & pal Grace Lin.  Don't miss it.

SCREENING!




The Kids Best Fest in Northampton, MA will be screening "An Afternoon of Mo Willems animated shorts" featuring shorts based on my books on Tuesday February 18 at 1pm at the beautiful Academy of Music. Folks from the Eric Carle Museum will be on hand giving out family passed for the last weekend of the Seriously Silly exhibit in Amherst.

PONTIFICATE!



Here's a radio interview with Ireland's RTE about why Elephant is named Gerald and other thoughts...


NEW!





Just released is an anthology picture book spearheaded by pal Eric Carle called WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL? I contributed a spread along with a bunch of really great folks.  All profits benefit our pals at the Eric Carle Picture Book  Museum in Amherst, MA.

The backstory is here. And a starred review is here.

Nice!


I'm overjoyed that Elephant & Piggie's A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL! has been named a 2014 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book. Again, thanks to all on the Committee for your support, which only encourages me to work harder on future efforts.


The CYBILS awards are given by a passionate group of kids book fans who promote books via social media.  I'm proud to say that they have bestowed several CYBILS awards on Elephant and Piggie over the years and excited that Elephant and Piggie have been nominated in the Early Readers category with A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL!  Thanks for the support, it's great to know that folks still are enjoying the exploits of these two best pals.


 
Another award that has been kind to me over the years is Bank Street College's Irma Black Award.  It's a particularly wonderful award because the winner is selected by a nation wide group of real kids.  I'm thrilled to have THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! selected as a semi-finalist for the award.



Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's I'M A FROG! popped back onto the NYTimes Besteller list for a week at #9.  Thanks, you!

THAT'S IT!

That's this month's post.  Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...