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!



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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...