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...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JULY + AUGUST UPDATE


July & August are quiet months with no appearances or events scheduled.  But there are still fun things to chat about:

COMIX!

July is the last month of my sabbatical 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.  As I started the doodles a month after my trip began, they'll be running throughout August as well.

RECENT BOOKS!


Elephant and Piggie's latest adventure, MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN!  published in June and, thanks to you, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List at #1! Thanks to all who have enjoyed the book.  If you haven't read it yet, I hope you enjoy.





THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! had a great month in June as well, keeping Elephant & Piggie company on the New York Times Bestseller list. Thanks, you.


NEW BOOKS!


August 26 will see the release of two CAT THE CAT Board books, WHO SAYS THAT, CAT THE CAT? and WHO SLEEPS, CAT THE CAT?  Both are reformatted and revised from the original CAT THE CAT books especially for the youngest hands (and mouths).  I hope you and yours enjoy spending a few minutes with CAT THE CAT and her pals.  Drop by GoMo.net for more information on these (and the other CAT THE CAT board books) and while you're there, why not play some games as well?



REVIEW!




The audio book version (of the animated version) of THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? starring myself and my kid as the Pigeon & Duckling has just been awarded an Earphone Award by Audiofile Magazine, along with a great review. Congrats, Trixie!

The film and audio book are available to the school and library market now (look for a trade release later).

THEATER! 

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!

RECAP:


Now, THAT's a fan!
 I had great fun at ALA running into old pals, meeting great teachers, librarians, & their ilk (even briefly), giving a prize to a Librarian Who Has Faced Adversity with Daniel Handler, and picking up my Geisel Honor for A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL!  Thanks to all for being so nice.  Let's do it again in not-Las-Vegas. 
 

with pal Kate DiCamillo

The award I drew on a big platter...
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. 

September will have some fun stuff to talk about including new sketches and an exhibit of my Paris drawings...

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

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

JUNE 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.


NEW BOOK!

On June 3, the newest Elephant and Piggie adventure, MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN!  will be published.

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 My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?


I hope you'll enjoy this adventure starring Elephant, Piggie, Snake, and new pal Brian Bat. 

BOOK NEWS!



THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! had a great month in May, staying on the New York Times Bestseller list and garnering this very nice starred review from PW magazine in which they say, "The Pigeon's cockeyed defiance and Willems's impeccable comedic timing are as fun and frisky as ever". Thanks, PW!


THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! won the 2014 IRMA BLACK AWARD, an award administered by the Bank Street School, but voted on by kids from all over the world!  Thanks, kids from all over the world! (Here is the official notice with the finalists and winners of the Cook prize)

This is very exciting news!

Meanwhile in Belgium, KNUFFLEBUNNY, the Dutch-language version of Knuffle Bunny Too, has won a prize voted on by kids as well.



 So, I thanked them with this video.


APPEARANCES!  


I'll be back in the US during the end of the month to attend the American Librarian Association's annual summer convention in Las Vegas, NV.  I'll be doing a few signings, picking up a Geisel Honor for Elephant and Piggie's A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL! and thanking the committee in person.

If you're attending the convention, think about visiting me at one of these events (Sorry that the location codes look like license plate numbers):

Saturday, June 28

3 pm: The Disney-Hyperion Preview presentation. (LVCC-S226)

The preview is an opportunity for a slew of authors to give a sneak peek of some upcoming work.  In my case, it will be a first ever reading of a brand new favorite Elephant and Piggie adventure, WAITING IS NOT EASY!, which is slated for release in November of 2014

Sunday, June 29

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Book signing at the Disney Hyperion Booth (#603)

11 am - noon: Book signing at the HarperCollins Booth (#503)

These signings tend to be busy, so arrive a bit early.  I'd love to say 'hello' to you.

I'd also recommend (but say no more about) the first ever presentation of the Snicket Award for a Librarian Overcoming Difficulties (3:30 pm LVCCC-N249)



Monday, June 30

8:00 am: ALSC Awards Presentation (including the Geisel) (LVCC-N255/257)

I hope to see you if you're attending ALA this year.

EXHIBITS!



A fun exhibit in Seoul, Korea!  "The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children's Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems" is finishing its run 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 games.

It runs though June 8, 2014.


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is running a group show based on the new anthology picture book WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL? that is also finishing its run.  The book, organized by pal Eric Carle, features 14 picture book artists (including myself).  The exhibit includes those works and YOU.  As part of digital component of the exhibit you can submit a drawing or painting (or anything) to be included on a monitor in the exhibit (submission details are here).

Proceeds from sales of the book WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL? benefit the Carle Museum.

This exhibit runs through June 8, 2014

Here is a nice piece about the show and the book in the Boston Globe.


 
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...