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!



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Monday, March 30, 2015

APRIL UPDATE!

APRIL UPDATE!

April is a fun month, the beginning of Mud Season here in central MA.

I've got a few appearances and lots of theater happening this month, all of which I hope you enjoy if you get the chance to pop by.

ANNIVERSARY

My first book, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! was published 12 years ago on April 1st thanks to the efforts of my agent, Marcia Wernick, editor, Alessandra Balzer, and publisher, Hyperion.

Thanks to YOU and your support I've been able to quit my day job and keep making books (and plays and cartoons and games) and sneaking in The Pigeon in every one of them!

Thank you. 


The Pigeon has been busy this past dozen years.

APPEARANCES!

2 appearances this month, one (mostly) for the kids and one (mostly) for the grown ups, both about places I've lived.  Please remember to check with the venues regarding signing policies, etc.



MONDAY, APRIL 13, 5 pm --- Brooklyn, NY!
Park Slope, Barnes and Noble
267 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

I'll be doing a reading, signing, & Q+A back at my old neighborhood Barnes & Noble.  It'll be fun to see my old neighbors and pals again.  

This event is open to the public.



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 4pm ---- DARTMOUTH, MA
Biovin Center
Main Auditorium on the UMass Dartmouth Campus


I'll be giving the Biovin Center's annual Franco-American lecture, which is a fancy way of saying I'll be talking about my year in Paris and telling some stories.  While the lecture won't be geared to the littlest ears, I will be discussing my upcoming Paris book (illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi), The Story of Diva and Flea.

There will be a book signing afterwards.

More details here.

This event is open to the public.

THEATER!




There are 3 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!  



SAN ANTONIO, TX



The Magik Theater company in San Antonio production  runs until April 18.



Full info and tickets available here!

CHICAGO, IL



The Emerald City Theater's production is running all month

 Full info and tickets available here!


SMITHTOWN, NY


The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts production runs through April 11.


  Full info and tickets available here! 

A nice review of their production is 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.

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION!


A few months back a group of old Brooklyn neighbors told me they were trying to create a pocket park at the 6th Ave Park Slope Library and wanted to include a statue of Knuffle Bunny.  Obviously, I was flattered.

Well, now it looks like it might happen, if enough neighborhood residents want it to.

Read the story is here and go vote!

NICE THINGS!



Thanks to you, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! and Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY spent a good part of March on the New York Times Bestseller list!  Thanks you!

Also in the Times, someone says something nice about me

LOOKING FORWARD

In May I'll be doing some traveling to NYC, Washington, and Atlanta where a major retrospective is opening at the High Museum and a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL at the Alliance Theater (exciting!) .

June will see the publication of Elephant and Piggie's latest adventure, I WILL TAKE A NAP!



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...



Thursday, February 26, 2015

MARCH UPDATE!


March is looking to be a great fun Month with lots of Theater all over the country, appearances in Amherst, MA and, for the first time, New Zealand!

But first a quick look at last month:

RECAP!

What a fun month February was; starting out with a surprise call from the Geisel Committee informing me that Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! had garnered a Geisel Honor!





 This was a wonderful surprise, worth waiting for!  Thanks to the Geisel Committee!
Almost immediately afterwards I found myself at a dinner party in Los Angeles that had been planned weeks before for the regular gang to hang out.  In attendance were this year's Caldecott Medal winner (Dan Santat) and a Caldecott Honoree (Jon Klassen).  We all raised a glass and had a grand old time.

Some party crasher w/ Dan Santat & John Klassen

Then is was off to San Francisco for this year's SketchFest DON'T LET THE COMEDIANS  DO STORY TIME! show.  We had a fantastic audience who ate up the incredible job our cast did.  A real blast (we'll do it again next year, I hope)

From l to r: John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Kevin Pollak, yours truly, special nepotistic guest star Trixie, Scott Adsit, John Hodgman, Janeane Garofalo, Busy Phillipps, & Kate Micucci! (photo by Jakub Mosur, jakubmosur.com)

As if that weren't enough, my pal and neighbor Tony DiTerlizzi presented the cover reveal of our upcoming collaboration, THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA.  The story, set in Paris, is my first chapter book and first collaboration with Tony, who is knocking it out of the Péntanque court.  It is great fun to work with a great talent who lives just down the street.



APPEARANCES

Only 2 appearances in March, but they're spread out from 9 miles from my studio to 9,000 miles from my studio. Hope to see you at either one, but probably not both.
 

March 2, Amherst, MA

I'll be keynote speech at the Massachusetts School Library Association Conference in Amherst.  I'll also be signing

The whole event seems like its going to be great filled with a bunch of talented neighbors and pals speaking.

All details are here. 

This event is for conference attendees only.   

 
Saturday March 21, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND!

I'll be reading and signing at my first & only New Zealand appearance.  If you're in the area, I'd love for you to drop by and say 'Hello'.

The Dorthy Butler Children's Bookshop
1 Jervois Rd, Ponsoby, Aukland
tel. 09.376.7283 

10.30 am

I'm really looking forward to seeing the country and you.

RADIO




You can hear my recent stint as the Very Important Puzzler on NPR's Ask Me Another.  Fun was had by all. 

You can listen to the whole hour or just the bits that I'm in.

One bit is here (with a web-extra-out-take)

Another bit is here (also with a web-extra-out-take)

Note: this one is for the grown-ups, not the kids. 

THEATER!


4 productions of  my plays are running this month.  3 of the vaudevillian adventure ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! and 1 of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL. 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!


SAN ANTONIO, TX



The Magik Theater company in San Antonio opens their production on March 6 and runs until April 18.

Full info and tickets available here!

CHICAGO, IL



The Emerald City Theater's production is running all month and looks to be a fun production.


 Full info and tickets available here!


SMITHTOWN, NY

The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts production runs on Long Island from March 14 through April 11.

Full info and tickets available here!

SAN DIEGO, CA


The North Coast Repertory Theater's production of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical runs most of the month, opening on March 6th.

Full info and tickets available 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, Feb. saw THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! on the New York Times best seller list, sharing space with an Elephant & Piggie or two!  Thanks you!

ALA is more than just Awards.  Each year the Notables Committee selects a great list of books that are, well, notable.  I'm thrilled to find WAITING IS NOT EASY! and THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! on this year's list along with a slew of wonderful books.


Also, I'm thrilled that the animated version of THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE?! was named a notable video.  Congrats to the whole Weston Woods team and animator, pal Pete List.  The video is currently available for the school & library market and a trade video should come out soon. 

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION (AND NEBRASKA AND WISCONSIN)



THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! has been nominated for Nebraska's state kid-voted citation, a Golden Sower Award as well as a Wisconsin's Golden Archer Award.  

 
I love awards that are voted on by the kids.  So, if you're a Nebraskian or Wisconsonian (?) kid, what are you waiting for? Get voting!

VIDEOS!

My pals at First Book challenged me to read as many words as possible in 10 seconds to help raise money to get books in kids hands.  You can see how I did, then try it yourself!













I was asked by ALA to create a short video about my reaction to the recent Geisel Honor for WAITING IS NOT EASY.  Here's my response:





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...