Friday, August 28, 2015

SEPTEMBER UPDATE!

It's back to school time!   

September promises to be filled with fun theater, exhibitions, and mo'!


EXHIBITS!

ATLANTA, GA

SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS is on view at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA!


The exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with added original work and cool interactive stuff. Don't miss it!

I'm very excited about the exhibit and hope you'll have a blast viewing it!





The exhibit runs through January of 2016.  

NORTHAMPTON, MA 

The R. Michelson Gallery will present NORTHAMPTON, a exhibition of my personal work documenting my town during the last year (and a companion to last year's PARIS exhibit).

The show runs the whole month of September, with an opening on Arts Night Out that I will be attending from 6-8pm on Sept. 11, 2015.  

You can see some of the work on the Michelson Gallery site.

Please pop by and say 'hello' if you're in the area.

THEATER!




There are 2 productions of  of the vaudevillian adventure ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! opening in September. 

 I hope you'll get a chance to see the shows if you're in the area!
 
If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!  

PORTLAND, OR


Elephant & Piggie's "We are in a Play!"

The NORTHWEST CHILDREN'S THEATER production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! opens on Sept. 26th and runs through October 25th

Tickets and details here.

CHARLOTTE, NC 

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

The CHILDREN'S THEATER OF CHARLOTTE production of WE ARE IN A PLAY! opens on Sept. 26th and runs through October 11th

Tickets and details here.

THANK YOU!


This year's summer break was wonderful and punctuated by some very nice news, including Elephant & Piggie's latest adventure, I WILL TAKE A NAP! immediately debuting on the New York Times Bestseller List at #1.  Both I WILL TAKE A NAP! & WAITING IS NOT EASY! spent most of the summer on the list. Thanks to you!

The New York Times even apologized for a previously less than stellar review of the series!   An unnecessary move, but very nice. (factual edit, the final E+P book will appear in 2016) 

BOOKS!

Next month will be very exciting as it will see the publication of two very different books of mine.

First, on Oct. 13, my collaboration with pal and artist extraordinaire Tony DiTerlizzi, THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA will be released.

This is my first chapter book and I'm very excited to have some big readers check it out.

There will be a few public events for the book (more on that next month).  But for now, you can check out this short documentary with Tony and I as we discuss the process of making the book.


Here's another interview with Tony and I earlier this May at Book Expo.



  Booklist loved the book, saying in a starred review:
Willems has written a story with winning characters and bursting with tender charm, which is further amplified by DiTerlizzi’s expressive, vintage-style illustrations. Humor and sincerity walk paw-in-paw through this simple chapter book, inspiring exploration, bravery, and making friends. Be warned, excessive smiling may occur while reading. 
The School Library Journal loved the book to, saying in their starred review: "young readers will find much to love about Diva and Flea."

Kirkus liked the book, enjoying my "adroit storytelling" & Tony's "charming illustrations."

I hope you enjoy the book when it comes out. 



And look out for Elephant & Piggie's 2nd to last adventure, I REALLY LIKE SLOP!, which will publish on Oct. 27. 

AUCTION/BENEFIT!

The Carle Honors is a great annual NYC event hosted to celebrate all kinds of wonderful folk who work in the world of children's books and to benefit the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART. 

It's a great event that will be held on Thursday, September 24th.



I'll be attending as a civilian and have donated an original drawing from I'M A FROG! for their annual auction.  You can bid on it at the event, or here on-line

Lots of great folks have donated work all of which is currently on view at BOOKS OF WONDER on 19th Street in Manhattan.


INTERVIEWS 'N SUCH!


The Knuffle Bunny Musical recently played at the Aliance Theater in Atlanta (where a CAT THE CAT performance, PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT for the VERY young will premier in October).  Here is an interview with me about the production and my history as a doodler. 



I made an appearance in Boston in late June and the Boston Globe asked me a few questions about my work.  The piece is here. 

A second, more in-depth article appeared soon after. 


Here's a nice story about a nice guy (brave, too) who happens to be the librarian in Ferguson, MO and kept the library open throughout the troubles. Thanks to Daniel Handler, Jackie Woodson, and Scott for a great afternoon!

Audiofile Magazine likes the audio book of GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE DINOSAURS! 

COMIX! 

Check out my comic strip of explorations and gags called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK







I'm sharing drawings from my sketchbook, dining room dinner doodles, abstractions, photo-gags, and mo' most every weekday.  I hope you'll visit the strip often and that it will provide the occasional smile or giggle. 

THAT'S IT!



That's September's post. If you want to poke around the blog, some topics that might interest you are on the sidebar.

Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...

Monday, June 1, 2015

SUMMER UPDATE!

It's SUMMER time!  That means lots of vacation and fun, but also a whole bunch of appearances and theater and exhibits and movies and stuff to do.

BOOKS!

June 2 sees the publication of a brand new Elephant & Piggie adventure, I WILL TAKE A NAP!




Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Will Take a Nap! Gerald is tired and cranky.
 Will Piggie be in his dreams? 
Or will she keep Gerald from dreaming at all?

KIRKUS Reviews, enjoyed the story saying: "As naps go, this is about as strenuous—and as funny—as it gets."

Also, two of my Elephant & Piggie books are being released in Spanish for the first time in the USA.


¡Estamos en un libro!



The Spanish version of WE ARE IN A BOOK! 

And

¿Debo compartir mi helado?




The Spanish version of SHOULD I SHARE MY ICE CREAM?

Go check 'em out at your favorite local bookstore or library!

EXHIBIT!


SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS is on view at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA!


The exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with added original work and cool stuff. 

I visited the show at the end of May and was overjoyed by how fun it was.  Kids, adults, and art students alike packed the joint.  A true thrill for me. I hope you'll enjoy the show as well.







Don't miss it!

The exhibit runs through January of 2016. 


THEATER!





There are 3 productions of  of the vaudevillian adventure ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! and 1 production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL running this summer. I hope you'll get a chance to see the shows if you're in the area!
If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!  


 
 And the original cast album of KNUFFLE BUNNY is available here! 

ATLANTA, GA






Directed by Rosemary Newcott, the director of the original Kennedy Center production, this one is a great show with a fabulous set, energetic cast, and wonderful debut for "Trixie". 



I loved seeing it and hope you will, too.

The Alliance Theatre's production of Knuffle Bunny runs through JUNE 28.

Full info and tickets available here!

CHICAGO, IL
 


The Emerald City Theater's Elephant & Piggie production continues going strong! 

It runs through JUNE 28.

 Full info and tickets available here!



SYRACUSE, NY

 The Gifford Family Theater's Elephant & Piggie's production runs thru JUNE 13th.



Full info here!

Chattam, Cape Cod, MA

The Cape Rep Theatre's Elephant & Piggie production runs all summer from JULY 1 - SEPT. 3.

Full info here!

APPEARANCES!

I'll be making a few stops in Mass & Cali to read and meet you this summer.  Please drop by if you have the chance!

JUNE, 2015



BOSTON, MA - Sat. JUNE 20th, Old South Sanctuary, Copely Square  - 10 am

I'll be headlining the Boston Bookfest's new HUBBUB kids bookfest!  

A fun, free event for everyone! (Looks like a great line up all day)

Details for my bit here!



GLENDALE, CA - Tues. June 23rd, Glendale Barnes & Noble  6 pm!

I'll be in LA to read from my brand new Elephant & Piggie adventure (maybe with a special guest!).  This will be a fun one!

Glendale Americana

The Americana at Brand
210 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
818-545-9146
Details HERE!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 27th - 29th

I'll be attending the ALA convention doing a few signings and appearances. If you're attending the conference, please come by and say 'hello'.



Sat. June 27 

9.00 - 10.00 am - Disney/Hyperion Booth #1028, Moscone Center

I'll be signing with pal Tony DiTerlizzi, celebrating our upcoming chapter book collaboration DIVA & FLEA.

1.15 pm -Disney/Hyperion Booth #1020, Moscone Center

I'll be signing celebrating my most recent Elephant and Piggie adventure, I WILL TAKE A NAP!



Sun. June 28

3.00 pm- MCC Esplanade 305, Moscone Center

ALA Awards presentation, The Snicket Prize for a Librarian Facing Adversity.

My pals Daniel Handler & Jackie Woodson will be presenting this year's prize to Ferguson, MO librarian Scott Bonner.  Last year, I made a little something for the winner, so maybe I'll do that again...



Mon. June 29

8.30 am - MCC 3006 (W), Moscone Center

ALSC Awards Presentation

I'll be there to accept a Geisel Honor for WAITING IS NOT EASY! and personally thank the committee (a big thrill)!

No appearances during JULY.

AUGUST, 2015

AMHERST, MA - Sun. Aug. 30th - ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART




World Premier film screenings of the animated versions of GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE DINOSAURS and THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? produced with Weston Woods.

I've been making animated shorts based on my books since 2006 and we're going to spend the day at the Carle screening those films, doing fun activities, and signing books.  Events at the Carle are always a blast, so come on by and celebrate the end of summer with some cartoons.

The screenings will sell out quickly, so get your reservations in as soon as possible.

The schedule for the day:

11 am - World premier of GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE DINOSAURS and THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? followed by a Q+A with myself.

Noon - Book signing.  

3 pm - Special Surprise Screening, with special guest!

There will be many more screenings throughout the day of the many other short films we've produced. 



Elephant & Piggie will also be there for photo ops!

Don't miss this fun event!

CHATTING!

 
Pal Tony DiTerlizzi and I spent a few minutes at Book Expo America talking about our upcoming collaboration, THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA for Book View.


It's a fun chat.  You can see it by CLICKING HERE, checking out Part 5 at @ 12 minute mark.

NICE THINGS!




Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! spent a few weeks in May on the New York Times Bestseller list! , occasionally joined by THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! Thanks you!



US TODAY thinks you should read some authors' 'other' work, including GOLDILOCKS & THE 3 DINOSAURS.  


The CAT THE CAT board books were included in the Carnegie Library's Best Books For Babies list for 2015. 

COMIX!


Check out my comic strip of explorations and gags called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK







I'm sharing drawings from my sketchbook, dining room dinner doodles, abstractions, photo-gags, and mo' most every weekday.  I hope you'll visit the strip often and that it will provide the occasional smile or giggle. 

THAT'S IT!



That's this summer's post. If you want to poke around the blog, some topics that might interest you are on the sidebar.

Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

MAY UPDATE!

MAY is a busy month of appearances, theater, and a big exhibition.  I look forward to seeing you if you're in the area.

EXHIBIT!


The big news this month is the opening of SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA opening on MAY 23 and running through January of 2016.  

The exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with added work and cool stuff.

In addition to the museum exhibit, the Alliance Theater (located just next door) is mounting a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL and will be creating a Theater for the Very Young piece entitled PLAY THE PLAY WITH CAT THE CAT!

It should be Mo-tastic fun.

I'll be at the High on the weekend of May 30th with a bunch of appearances and talks (more details below).  I look forward to seeing you there.

APPEARANCES

A busy month with appearances in NYC, Washington, and Atlanta.  Please check with the venue for details regarding admission, etc..

WASHINGTON DC 

MON. MAY 25 - 6.30 PM - READING/SIGNING

I'll be doing a presentation at the Maret School hosted by old pals Politics & Prose reading, jumping around, answering questions and signing books.

Full Details are HERE.

This event is open to the public, requires 1 book purchase per family. 

NYC - BEA SIGNING

WED. MAY 27 -2 PM & 4 PM

I'll be at Book Expo America with pal Tony DiTerlizzi signing comps of our upcoming collaboration, THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA. This will be a great sneak peek for fans.

2pm - 3pm: I'll be doing a solo signing at Table 1. This is a Ticketed event.

4pm - 5pm: I'll be doing a DIVA & FLEA signing with TONY DITERLIZZI at the 
                   Disney/Hyperion booth, DPW booth #2757.
                   (show up early, there's usually a line)

These events are open to attendees of BEA.

ATLANTA, GA  - THE HIGH MUSEUM EVENTS

THURS.. MAY 28 - The Rich Theater - 7pm - A CONVERSATION W/ MO WILLEMS & NICK CLARK 


An interview format talk about my process with curator Nick Clark. Talking with Nick is always fun.  The evening will be more orientated to discussions of my work and should appeal to grown-ups a bit more than the following events.

 Pls. contact the High regarding tickets.




SAT. MAY 30 - The High Museum - 10 AM - 5 PM - MO WILLEMS DAY

Saturday has been dubbed "Mo Willems Day" and will start with a big reading (10am) and a big signing (11 am) at the High.  Elephant and Piggie will be there and all sorts of fun events and activities are planned inside the exhibit and out. Don't miss it!

Full details are here.  These are ticketed events, contact the High & the Alliance for details.

I hope you enjoy these appearances.



THEATER!

ATLANTA! 



As mentioned above, The Alliance Theater will be mounting a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL  (directed by Rosemary Newcott, who directed the original Kennedy Center Production). Opening on May 27th , the show runs through the month of June. I look forward to this remounting and I hope you'll go see it if you're in the area.


Full details are here.





Meanwhile, 2 productions of the vaudevillian adventure ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! I hope you'll get a chance to see the shows if you're in the area!

If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!  

CHICAGO, IL



The Emerald City Theater's production is running all month


 Full info and tickets available here!

Syracuse, NY

The Gifford Family Theatre's production opens on May 22nd and runs through June 13th.

Full details are here.

COMIX!

Check out my comic strip of explorations and gags called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK







I'm sharing drawings from my sketchbook, dining room dinner doodles, abstractions, photo-gags, and mo' most every weekday.  I hope you'll visit the strip often and that it will provide the occasional smile or giggle. 

NICE THINGS!



Thanks to you, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! and Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! spent a few weeks in April on the New York Times Bestseller list!  Thanks you!





The kids in Oregon got to vote for their favorite picture books for the SMART book award and they chose DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE!  Thanks Oregonianians! 


Now kids in Utah are going to get to vote for their favorite books in the Beehive Book Awards.  Maybe they'll even vote for Elephant & Piggie's I'M A FROG!  There are lots of great books to vote for.


The Pittsburg Post Gazette thinks CAT THE CAT is good for babies, and who am I to disagree.

THAT'S IT!



That's this month's post. If you want to poke around the blog, some topics that might interest you are on the sidebar.

Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...