Sunday, November 30, 2014

DECEMBER UPDATE!

December is here and there's lots to talk about, including an appearance and exciting new stuff!

BOOKS!



Elephant and Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! came out last month and the response has been nice.  Thanks to you, the story debuted at #2 on The New York Times Bestseller List. (Not to be left out, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! joined Waiting is Not Easy! on the next 2 weeks).

The New York Times liked the book, saying the story has "a breathtaking gift that couldn’t possibly have come any sooner."

Kirkus reviews also enjoyed the story, calling it, "A lesson that never grows old, enacted with verve by two favorite friends."

The Springfield Republican had a local-boy-does good story about myself, Elephant and Piggie, and the new book. 




On the foreign end, I recently visited Paris an picked up a copy of Kaléidoscope d'histoires, a huge anthology of 25 books celebrating the 25th year of my French publisher, Kaléidoscope.  I'm happy to say that the French version of Knuffle Bunny made it into the volume, along with the books of a few of my pals.  Its a handsome anthology.



I was in Paris on my way back from Azerbaijan, where a bunch of my work has just been published.  It was a wonderful trip where I met with art students and kids, had a press conference with ministers of state, checked out a Muğam Concert, and visited the mountainside Silk Route palaces.  A remarkable place, filled with remarkable people.  Thanks to all at TEAS Press.


Upon my return, I found a package of some brand new Japanese Elephant & Piggie adventures! Kawaii!




ALBUM!



I'm happy to announce the release of the Original Cast Soundtrack for ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! which debuted at the Kennedy Center last year.
Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense--facing fundamental questions like, what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by a live band (Dr. Cat and the Bear-a-Tones) and nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You'll be doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! 

If you didn't get to see the musical in DC, here's your chance to hear it in CD!

I'm super proud of all the work that went into this musical and the record. 

You can get your copy of it both digitally and physically at CD Baby.

I'm also happy to report that ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! will be remounted at various theaters across the country in the coming months (stay tuned here for mo' details).

I hope you enjoy.

(For those of you who are interested, the soundtrack for KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL is also available)

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.



APPEARANCE!




I'll be reading from WAITING IS NOT EASY! and signing books at the great Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

Sunday December 14th at 3pm!

Full details are here!

It should be great fun. If you can't make it, but still want a signed book, give them a call!


NEWS!


Here is a nice behind-the-scenes look at the rare manuscript department at Yale's Beinecke Libary for Eyewitness News 3 which includes Bread & Jam for Francis, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, John Hancock practicing his signature, and my sketchbooks (nice company!)



Here is a blog interview with me focusing on the RED HOUSE Book awards, which are the UK's only national award voted on by real kids!  THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! is a nominee, so go have a vote if you're a UK Kid!

Over at Scholastic, you can read advice about reading with your kids from people who know about that stuff, and also me.

STUFF!



The Holidays are upon us and this year there are a few new fun things based on my work available, like T-shirts, onesies, and Wall Decals.

Everything that is available can be found at my MO' STUFF site.  Note, it's not a merchant site, but it usually clicks thru to the independent folks that produce my puzzles, clothes, stuffie pals, et. al.

If you want signed books, you can chat to the fine folks at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP where I frequently sign stock. Another local indie that I may have signed books is the Odyssey Books where I'll be this month!.



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.

There are lots of fun things planned for 2015 including new books, collaborations, comedy concerts, a major exhibit, theater, and appearances all over the place.  


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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NOVEMBER UPDATE!


November is going to be a busy month, with a new book plus appearances in Amherst, MA, Northampton, MA, & Brooklyn, NY. So let's get to it.


NEW BOOK!

November 4th, 2014 will see the release of Elephant and Piggie's newest adventure, WAITING IS NOT EASY!





 
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 Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...



I hope you enjoy this one, I had a blast making it!
 
APPEARANCES!

AMHERST, MA, NOV. 2, 10am- ALL DAY!



Because waiting really, really is not easy, I'll be giving a sneak peek reading and signing of the new Elephant and Piggie adventure 2 days early
at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART in Amherst, MA.

For a full day with big readings, games, cartoons, surprises, and visits from Elephant and Piggie themselves starting at 10am.



There will be 2 readings with Q+A period.

At  11:00 am

and

11:40 am

These will be free with museum admission, but you'll need to reserve your seats as the events do fill up quickly.  NOTE: IT SEEMS THAT THE READINGS ARE SOLD OUT, BUT THERE'S LOTS OF OTHER STUFF TO TO DO, AND SIGNINGS ARE OPEN TO ALL WHO ARRIVE.

After that (around NOON) I'll be signing books for you.

(Please only 1 book from home. ALL OF THE EVENT DETAILS ARE HERE!)






If you're in the area, please come on by!

(to get a sense of the day, check out this article from my last appearance at the Carle)



I will also be signing book stock, so if you want a signed book, just talk to the folks at the CARLE.



BROOKLYN, NY, NOV. 5, 7:30 PM



I'll be the VIP (Very Important Puzzler) on  NPR’s Ask Me Another hosted by comedian Ophira Eisenberg with house musician Jonathan Coulton at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.  It's a fun show and LIVE on STAGE.  If my past trivia career is anything to go by, I'll have a perfect record of no correct answers. This is an adult 21+ event, so I get to say 'poop'. 

You can get your tickets here.

NORTHAMPTON, MA, NOV. 9, 4PM



The R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA, will have hold their opening for their annual Children's Illustration Show. It's always a great event filled with all kinds of local authors, illustrators, and pals (here are some snaps from past years).  

Along with some great Jerry Pinkney and Kadir Nelson stuff, they'll be showing some original work from a few of my recent books.

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION




If you're a kid in the UK, you can vote for your favorite Picture Book of the year and help chose who will win the Red House Children's Book Award this year.  I love when kids get to vote for their faves.

I'm excited that THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! is among the excellent list of nominees.  So, go on and get your vote on!

VOTING IS HERE.

A news story about the awards is here

NEW STUFF!

T-SHIRT!


The folks at OUT OF PRINT have released their new DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! kids T-shirt.

You can get it at your local bookshop or HERE

(for mo' wearable stuff, check out the Mo' Stuff page)

Pigeon WALL STICKERS!



From the fine folks at Blik come 4 packs of big Pigeon wall stickers!

They're fun and you can write on some of the word bubbles!

Great for the bedroom or the classroom.

Check them out 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!

UK's Sunday Times named Elephant & Piggie's There is  Bird on Your Head! as one of their 100 classics from the last 10 years

It is also one of the books named as one of the Petersburg, VA city reads books.




AND, thanks to you, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! popped back onto the NYTimes Bestseller list for a quick spell.  Thanks, you! 


Parents Magazine think that Elephant & Piggie's MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN! is one of the 10 best books of the year.


The Yale Daily News has a piece about the Beinecke Library's acquisition (and future acquisitions) of my papers and notes (some of which are currently on display).


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...

Monday, September 29, 2014

OCTOBER UPDATE!


UPCOMING!

November 4th, 2014 will see the release of Elephant and Piggie's newest adventure, WAITING IS NOT EASY!

It sure isn't. 

So....

APPEARANCES!



Because waiting really, really is not easy, I'll be giving a sneak peek reading and signing of the new Elephant and Piggie adventure 2 days early!

DON'T WAIT! Come on by:

Sunday, November 2nd

at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART in Amherst, MA.

For a full day with big readings, games, cartoons, surprises, and visits from Elephant and Piggie themselves starting at 10am. 


There will be 2 readings with Q+A period.  

At  11:00 am

and 

11:40 am

These will be free with museum admission, but you'll need to reserve your seats as the events do fill up quickly.

After that (around NOON) I'll be signing books for you.

(Please only 1 book from home. ALL OF THE EVENT DETAILS ARE HERE!)


If you're in the area, please come on by!

(to get a sense of the day, check out this article from my last appearance at the Carle)



NEWS!

Last month, Yale University's Beineke Library announced the acquisition of a large volume of my papers, notes, and original drawings.  I'm thrilled to have my work in such a fantastic collection (a Gutenberg Bible is there!) housed in such a fantastic building. It's also very cool that eventually all of my papers will be in one place alongside a collection of juvenile work that stretches back centuries and is readily available for scholars to poke around in.

THEATER!


In the coming months I'll have some fun news about upcoming productions of ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! including a forthcoming release of an album of all the songs.

If you are running a theater (or theater department), I will point you in the direction of Music Theater International (MTI) which is handling the licensing of ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! as well as my previous Kennedy Center production, KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL.


NICE WORDS, NICE THINGS!



Over in Australia, the ABC Melbourne have very nice things to say about THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!

Thanks to you, the book has continued to perch on the NYTimes Bestseller list for much of the month.  Thanks, you!
 

COMIX!

Check out my new comic strip of explorations and gags called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK, now in it's second month. 




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.

T-SHIRTS!


The fine folks at OUT OF PRINT have just released their DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! T-shirts for kids and they're great!  PLUS every purchase sends a book to a child in need.

You can check them out here.

They also have onesies for infants.

If you want to know all of the clothing stuff out there with my characters, this is the place to go.


POSTERS!


The R Michelson Galleries have produced a 18" x 24" poster image from last month's PARIS exhibit that is available for purchase at the gallery or via their website.  Proceeds will benefit The Survival Center, Northampton's local pantry serving the needs of many folks in town.  I hope you enjoy this departure from some of my other work.




If you're looking for a poster starring some of my characters (and books authored by my neighbors in the Pioneer Valley), I've just recently signed a slew of posters benefiting the Forbes Library, my local amazing library that was recently attacked by an arsonist.  They are available on line at this site.

 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. 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...



Friday, August 29, 2014

SEPTEMBER UPDATE!


COMIX!

One of the real fun things about my last year in Paris was being able to share sketches, gags, and photos from the trip on uclick as a comic strip called PARIS DOODLES.

In fact, it was so fun, I've decided to keep sharing drawings and ideas on uclick with a new strip called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK.  



I'll be 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.

ANNIVERSARY!
 September marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE.



Thanks to you and my editor and art director at the time, the story of Knuffle Bunny has gone from an amusing anecdote that I told pals to a book that led to a trilogy that have been turned into 3 animated films (starring my daughters voice) a musical (that has been turned into an album) spawned actual, real Knuffle Bunnies, and more.  All of these things were well past my limited imagination when I working on the book 12 years ago. 




Each Knuffle book was an adventure in the making, both as a writer and digital-photo-cartoon-collage-er-er.  

I'm heartened that the book is still being read by and to young kids in 11 different languages in countries all over the world, including recently Azerbaijan.

Many, many thanks to you from myself, mom, and the 'real' Trixie.

EXHIBIT!
  
If you're near Northampton, MA, please drop by the R. Michelson Galleries on Main Street where, from September 1 - 30, 2014, they will be exhibiting PARIS, a selection of the watercolors that I made over the last year during my break in Paris, France.

I will be attending a gallery reception on September 12 at 6-8 pm and talking about the year and the work in the show.  

R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street, Northampton, MA

It should be a fun night.  At the very least, it's always fun to visit R. Michelson's wonderful collection of Children's Book Illustration.

Here is an interview by local radio super dude Monte Belmonte with all of the Willemses discussing Paris, the year, and Paris, the exhibit.

POSTERS!

The Michelson Galleries have produced a 18" x 24" poster image for the PARIS exhibit that is available for purchase at the gallery or via their website.  Proceeds will benefit The Survival Center, Northampton's local pantry serving the needs of many folks in town.  I hope you enjoy this departure from some of my other work.



If you're looking for a poster starring some of my characters (and books authored by my neighbors in the Pioneer Valley), I've just recently signed a slew of posters benefiting the Forbes Library, my local amazing library that was recently attacked by an arsonist.  They are available on line at this site.

THEATER! 

Speaking of Knuffle Bunny's 10 year anniversary, this month you'll have 2 opportunities to see the Knuffle Bunny Musical in 2 different parts of the world.
 

The Players Theatre in SINGAPORE is mounting a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL from August 23 - September 7th, 2014.


It's the first time all of the action, drama, and laundry has been mounted East of Bahrain. Don't miss it!

The details are here!



If you'd like to see the KNUFFLE BUNNY MUSICAL closer to my hometown, then visit the Slidell Little Theater in Slidell, LA.  

Their production of the show will run from September 13 - 21. 

Details are here! 




Back in Asia, The Gardner & Wife Theatre in Kuala Lumpor, Maylasia will host the UK based musical version of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! from September 30-October 19th.

Details are here!

 NEWS!






Thanks to you, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! had a great summer, keeping company with
Elephant and Piggie's latest adventure, MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN! on the New York Times Bestseller list. Thanks, you.




THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! has been nominated for a 2014 Missouri Building Block award.  If you're a kid and you're in Missouri, you can vote for it or any of the other great books on this year's list.

VIDEO!


You can see clips and videos about my books and my work at www.PigeonPresents.com and www.GoMo.net, but thanks to the new IT* department at Knuffle Studios, there is now a Mo Willems YouTube Channel that is collecting all of the book promos, thank you videos, and other stuff in one place.  I hope that this will be a fun resource for teachers, students, and anyone who wants to look at how my hair has changed over the years...

(*IT of course stands for "It's Trixie")

RECAP!

I've spent the last month re-booting (and de-booting) the studio.   Although I was away, a bunch of things went on without me. Among the mountains of mail were fun things that had been published in the last year, including:

New Books that came out in America...


Reformatted/revised board books that came out in America... 


Foreign editions in languages I can read...





Foreign editions in languages I cannot read... 



And a short animated film and biography for kids..! 

Phew!

TRY IT!

As regular visitors to the blog know, the first thing we did when moving to Knuffle Manor was to paint the dining room walls with chalkboard paint so that we could draw on the walls during dinner.  Subsequently, we found ourselves doodling on large sheets of paper on the dining room table as well.

After a year away, the dining room walls were waiting for us, but we had no idea what to do with them.  Fortunately, my daughter came up with an idea to copy one of our favorite artists, Sol Lewitt, who's conceptual work is always fun (go visit Mass Moca for a huge set of galleries of his work--amazing stuff).

In a nutshell, Mr. Lewitt would come up with rules for others to follow.  The results are surprising and exciting.

Trixie came up with the first exercise.  She drew a wiggly line and my wife and I followed trying to copy it underneath one after the other.  The result is cool.


My wife's exercise was to make an odd shape and for everyone to copy it from the inside to the outside.


Mine was to make an odd, angular shape and have everyone copy it from the outside to the inside.


It was great fun to make these and now it is great fun to look at them!

Why don't you give it a try with family or pals?  If you don't have a chalkboard wall, just grab a piece of paper...

It's fun!


 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. 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...