Showing posts with label Schtuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Schtuff. Show all posts

Monday, July 22, 2013

Apps 'n Toons 'n News!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Carle for my final gig last week.  The crowds were great and everyone seemed to have a good time.

While we're busy at Knuffle Manor getting ready for our big trip, so exciting stuff has been happening at the studio.

Pigeon Presents: Mo...On the Go!

Thursday saw the release of MO...ON THE GO! a new game and drawing app that we've been working on for the better part of a year. It's filled will all kinds of silliness that hopefully will spill over from the digital device into the real world.

Three-time Caldecott honoree Mo Willems invites you to join some of his most beloved characters in this collection of entertaining games and activities to play anytime, anywhere!
“Mo…On the Go!” lets you dance, draw, take pictures, create monsters, and even drive the bus! As you play, unlock stickers to put in your sticker vault!

Let the Pigeon drive the bus…in his dreams!
Take a "Squillem"—really just a crazy scribble—and turn it into a drawing on your own, with a pal, or with Mo!
Create a terrifying—or hilarious—monster with Leonardo, but watch out: it’s alive!
Do the Jumbo Gumbo, the Piggie Jiggie, and tons more funky moves in Elephant and Piggie’s Dance-O-Rama!
Snap your own pictures or use pictures from Knuffle Bunny and add stickers of all Mo’s favorite characters to them!

Collect dozens of stickers!
Create special hidden combo dances for Elephant and Piggie. Mo might even stop by for a dance!
See how Leonardo and Sam react to your monster creation. Did you scare them?
Watch as Mo demonstrates how to transform a scribble into a work of art!
Share your masterpieces with friends or store them in your sticker vault.
Send Knuffle Bunny postcards to loved ones.
And whatever you do…stay away from the Mad Cow!
 You can put it on your iThingie or your Nook thingie and play with it!

 Mo' animated fun:

A copy of THE MO WILLEMS CARTOON COLLECTION VOL. 3 came in the mail.  It features the animated versions of DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE!, KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE, & EDWINA THE DINOSAUR THAT DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS EXTINCT.  Highlights for me are pal Jon Scieszka's performance as the Bus Driver in a crazy dream sequence Hotdog Party and Cher Willems' great narration of Edwina.

You can find this at your favorite video store, library, or get a copy here.

The folks at have 5 questions for me. I try to answer them.  Also, they link to the piece that Al Roker did on me a month or so back. 

The folks at Babble also had a few questions, that I did my best to answer.

Thanks to the 260,000 California students who voted Elephant & Piggie's WE ARE IN A BOOK! as the 2012-13 California Young Reader Medal winning book! I love awards where the actual kids get to vote for their favorites!  Rock on California kids and thanks!

And, thanks to you Elephant & Piggie's A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL! perches on the NYTimes Bestseller list this week at #6.  Thanks, you!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pigeon Fabrics are ready!


A little bird has told me that the new Pigeon Fabrics  from Cloud Nine have shipped.

I've got a few samples, and they're awesome!

They come in 9 Pigeon-tastic designs (check them out here).


Frenzied :: Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus for Cloud9 Fabrics

Chorus Line

Chorus Line:: Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus for Cloud9 Fabrics

Word Bubbles
Triangles in Blue :: iHaus by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics

Stipe :: Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus for Cloud9 Fabrics

Feathers | White

Rectangles in Yelllow :: iHaus by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics

Hexagons | Yellow

Hexagons in Yellow :: iHaus by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics

I Have Dreams
Triangles in Yellow :: iHaus by Rob Bancroft for Cloud9 Fabrics

Cheater Print (36" x 42"repeat)
Circles in Yellow :: iHaus by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud9 Fabrics

Project Panel (36" x 42")

Project Panel :: Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus for Cloud9 Fabrics

You can get yours at your favorite local fabric store or favorite on-line shop.  Then get sewing!  I'm gonna make a tie and shirt combo.

Just look at all the cool stuff some folks have made already!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Recently arrived...

It's always nice when you are sent preview copies of your work.  Holding something in your hands is so much fun after having seen projects in bits, pieces, and printouts.

Here are some fun things (upcoming and available now) that have recently arrived at the studio.

My preview copy of THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!, which will hit the shelves this April.  The production on this volume is amazing; nice chunky paper and great color.  The story has already gotten some nice advance praise.  I hope you enjoy as well.

I'm excited about the next Elephant and Piggie adventure, A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL!  For fellow New Orleanians, yes, it looks like a King Cake... The story hits the shelves in May.

My copy of the 862 benefit anthology WHO DONE IT? I provided a very short, incriminating alibi for this, which only makes the other great short subjects seem better by comparison.

And this FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS LET PIGEONS DRIVE... T-shirt from WonderShirts.  Fits just fine!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Guess the Artists (Elephant & Piggie)

I’ve been asked quite frequently about the artists that Elephant Gerald is aping on the homepage.  I even had a letter recently from a teacher planning to have her students visit the various artists represented during a class trip to their local Museum.  Well, they’re a mix of artists that have either had a great influence on my work, artists whose work speaks to me, or artists who are easy to spoof.  

Before I run them down, why not take a quiz and see whom you can name.

How’d you do?

Here’s the rundown, by the numbers indicated in the image below:

1. Alexander Calder; my all-time favorite artist for his whimsy and for inventing an entirely new art medium, the mobile.  I started my career making wire sculptures and the Red Elephant is certainly a homage to Calder.

2. Charles Schulz; my other all-time favorite artist.  Sparky’s work continues to inspire, a lifetime after I first saw it.

3. Henri Matisse; the man whose early work made Picasso a better artist and whose later work still amazes me.

4. Robert Motherwell; perhaps not as well known as FranzKline, but I prefer Motherwell’s bold calligraphic strokes and loopy circles.

5. René Magritte; comedian with a brush. Belgian.

6. Andy Warhol; not my cup of soup, but I love his early Jazz Record illustrations and he’s easy to spoof.

7. Joan MirĂ³; bold, colorful, and so funny.  I’ve always loved his line and been amazed by the colors in his backgrounds.

8. Pablo Picasso; because, well, c’mon. Painting, drawing, ceramics, all spectacular. Check out his illustrations done by flashlight and long exposure photography to get a sense of how much fun he was having.

9. Andy Warhol; again.  But it was a chance to sneak in the Pigeon.

10. Mark Rothko; whose background colors inspired my Suzie Kabloozie cartoons for Sesame Street plus the backgrounds in the Pigeon books.

11. Amedeo Modigliani; who was a cartoonist working in another medium.  Great emotion in the eyes, even if there are no eyes.

12. African Masks; which Picasso brought into western art.  I am fascinated with masks of all kinds.  The African rooms in the Brooklyn Museum always inspire.

13. Vincent Van Gogh; because he’s a Dutchman and his brushstrokes have the improvisation of a great cartoonist.

14. Frank Stella; I just like his work.

15. Piet Mondrian; another Dutchman. I’m a bit of a modernist, and his clean color stuff is just great, especially the work he made after visiting New York.

16. Henry Moore; whose sculpture is beautiful, heavy, and light at the same time.  I was once in Bologna when the whole central square was covered in Moores. Amazing!

There are many other artists, to say nothing of illustrators like Searle, Sempe, and Steinberg, that mean the world to me, but for some reasons these guys made the image.

By the way, you can purchase the poster of this image, which I made to benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 

One lucky winner of the Guess the Artists Contest over at the Carle Museum Blog has won a personalized poster.

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Pigeon Shirt from Wondershirts!

Just in time for the holidays, the fine folks at Wondershirts have a new Pigeon shirt available!  It looks like this!

This sage advice is available in Adult Sizes and Children's.  You can also poke around to see the other Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant and Piggie shirts they carry, as well as great stuff by other illustrators.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mo Stuff on Mo Stuff...

As the holidays approach, let me point you to Mo Stuff, my site that catalogs all of the stuff you can get based on my works, wether they be books, t-shirts, plushies and games, animated cartoons, or posters and art.

Please keep in mind that it is not a merchant site, rather a place that points to various stuff you can get.  Always check with your favorite local shop to see if they carry Mo Stuff and support them if you can.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pigeon Fabrics!

Next April will be a big month as The Pigeon celebrates his 10th birthday and marks the begining of my children's book career.

There will be lots of fun stuff to do and celebrate, including this:

That's right, the folks at Cloud 9 Fabrics have created a entire line of Pigeon fabrics, including patterns, abstracts, quilter cheats, and even puppets.  The line will be available in April, but you can get a look at what they're up to here!

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Duckling Gets a... Stuffie!?

Just in time for the release of THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? the fine folks at Yottoy have  released a companion to their stuffed Pigeon, the Duckling!

"Duckling stars in her own book, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?... Will Pigeon be jealous? Duckling shows Pigeon he can turn a potential recipe for disaster into a sweet turn of events. This darling duck is made of lush yellow chenille with big embroidered blue eyes, an orange velour beak, and oversized feet perfect for waddling. Duckling comes complete with her favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for kids and grown-ups to make together.
Isn't this how every cookie should crumble"
Check it (and the other stuffies) out here (scroll down).

Speaking of Duckling, the folks over at Shelf Awareness give THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? a starred review, saying:

"Mo Willems once again proves that a roll of the eyes, a half-drawn eyelid and body posture can convey a great deal of emotion...This is Mo Willems at his best."

Thanks, Shelf Awareness!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

HOORAY for new stuffie friends!

I'm happy to announce that the fine folks at YottoY have added a few stuffed friends to their line-up of lovies based on my characters.

First off, from HOORAY FOR AMANDA & HER ALLIGATOR! there are two new best friends, Alligator and Panda.  Like the Elephant and Piggie stuffies, they come attached with a simple loop that can be opened or closed.

Alligator and Panda's publicity shot.

Here they are hanging out at the studio
Best pals...
They have also produced a truly HUGE Knuffle Bunny doll that is extra-extra hugable.
Big Knuffle with it's Japanese name-sake.

Here is Big Knuffle with usually tough as nails publisher Donna Bray of Balzer + Bray.

Ask your favorite local shop about these new pals if you're interested or visit the Yottoy site (and scroll down).

Oh, yes and for the stockings, there's always:

Pigeon Bands! 20 shaped wrist bands per pack featuring The Pigeon, The Duckling, The Bus Driver, & more! 5 different images in 4 different colors. Wear them and share them!

Get them at your favorite local store or here (scroll down).

(A reminder, all Mo Stuff can be found at Mo Stuff)

Also, wondering what favorite book gifts  have been received by various authors, including me? USA Today has the scoop.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Pigeon Games!

A few new Pigeon games have hit the shelves.  Hope you enjoy them:

First off there's The Pigeon Wants a Puzzle! 4 in 1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
4 different puzzles, each a different number of pieces, in a box!

Available at your favorite toy store or here.

Then there's The Pigeon Match-ominoes! 

"Have endless fun with Mo Willems' Pigeon in three classic games: Matching, Bingo and Dominoes all in one! Children practice concentration, memory, decision-making and association skills with this unique format that cleverly creates three entertaining games from a single set of cards."

For 2 - 4 players, ages 3 and up.

Contents Include: 9 bingo Boars, 56 Matching Cards, 28 Dominoes and Instruction Card.

Available at your favorite toy store or here

If you're looking for mo' Mo fun, check out the Mo' Stuff blog, which catalogs everything that is available from books to toons to shirts to toys.

Speaking of Pigeon stuff, the new animated version of DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE! has just been released for schools and libraries.

I'm happy with this cartoon that brings back animator Pete List, myself as the Pigeon, and Jon Scieszka as the Bus Driver and features a pretty trippy Hot-Dog Party sequence!  There's also an interview with myself on the disk.

School Library Journal just gave the film a starred review, which is great!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Don't Let the Pigeon Play!

Here are few cool Pigeon games that have come through the studio lately:

The Pigeon Match-ominos.  Matching game and dominos.

You KNOW I love the Pigeon Bands!

The Pigeon Wants a Puzzle! 4 different Pigeon-y puzzles in a wood box!


You can find Pigeon games and toys at your favorite store, or at  If you don't see all of the stuff on their site yet, contact University Games for more info!

Another fun thing that recently made it into the studio, my preview copy of Elephant and Piggie's next adventure, HAPPY PIG DAY!  It came out real nice.  I'll be touring the East Coast in October to celebrate its release.


Speaking of Elephant and Piggie, thanks to you, two of their adventures made it onto the NYTimes Bestseller list last week.  WE ARE IN A BOOK! came in at #10 and SHOULD I SHARE MY ICE CREAM? at #7.

Thanks, you!