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).

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...
 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MAY 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.

CBS Sunday!


I recently spent some time talking with CBS Sunday's Rita Braver who, along with her team, created a nice piece giving background on my career, theater work, and my year taking a breather in Paris.  You can view the segment here.


NEW BOOKS!

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!  has landed on the shelves!

Thanks to you, it debuted at #1 on the Indie Bestseller list  AND at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list! What a wonderful surprise for Pigeon and everyone who worked on the book. Thank you!  

I spent the release day chatting on various morning shows across the country about the book (and the Pigeon made a few surprise appearances). It was fun. Here's a look at one with KATU and another chat with Channel 5 in Greenbay.


In addition, two new slightly revised BOARD BOOK versions are WHO IS THAT, CAT THE CAT? and  WHO FLIES, CAT THE CAT? have just been released. Mo' info can be gleaned at GoMo.net


Next month, 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. 

THEATER!


KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL, is currently running at the GROWING STAGE Children's Theater of New Jersey in Netcong, NJ through May 18.  Full details are HERE.

You can see the cast talk about their production and try to pronounce "Knuffle" here.
 
EXHIBITS!



A fun exhibit in Seoul, Korea!  "The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children's Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems" is currently 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? 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.



For those of you interested in original drawings (both from my books and personal work), sculpture and other things I make, my gallery is the R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, MA.  They currently have a few drawings from my most recent book, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!, and will be showing larger scale paintings that I've been doing here in Paris at their Northampton space in September.

APPEARANCES!  


I'll be having what should be my final signing in Paris on

Saturday May 24 from 2 pm - 3 pm  

at WH Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, Paris

WH Smith is a British store that carries my books in English, and they should have the just released (in the UK) The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

Please do drop by if you're in the area. 

I'll also be making some brief remarks at the American Library Gala Dinner on Monday, May 26 if you feel like getting gussied up...

NICE!



The Irish Independent likes DON'T LET THE PIGEON FINISH THIS ACTIVITY BOOK!, naming it one of their 50 faves for last month's International Book Day. 


The Pennsylvania Center for the Book named THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA as one of their Baker’s Dozen Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy for 2014. 

Also, the Guardian looks at the connection between children's lit and philosophy.

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

xtra!

I love this picture from a composting station in MI that likes Pigeon and his pals: 


THAT'S IT!





That's this month's post.  Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...
 

Friday, March 28, 2014

APRIL UPDATE!


BIRDth-DAY!


April 1st marks the 11th anniversary of the publication of my first book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Because of the support of Librarians, Teachers, Parents, Grand-Parents, and Fans the last 11 years have been a wonderful ride filled with opportunities for me to write, draw, and meet fantastic kids and grown-ups all over the world.

Thank you for this gift.


This month has a bunch of fun stuff going on, including the publication of a brand new Pigeon book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (mo' on that below)
 
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.

EXHIBITS!



A fun exhibit in Seoul, Korea!  "The Pigeon Goes to Seoul: A Children's Exhibition Celebrating Mo Willems" is currently 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 runs though June 8, 2014.

 
On view through April 27 at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich, Germany is a show entitled Knuffle Bunny Meets Rosa Parks. Award-winning American Picture Books from the Lawrence R. Sipe Collection

NEW!

THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!  has landed on the shelves!  I hope you enjoy Pigeon's latest adventure in basic hygiene!

 

The folks at Babble have a few preview pictures and a short interview that includes the following video starring Rock Dove:

 

You can see more of Rock Dove's work in this earlier report he filed.


In addition, two new versions of Cat the Cat Books will be released at the end of the month.  The first out of the gate of these slightly revised BOARD BOOK versions are WHO IS THAT, CAT THE CAT? and  WHO FLIES, CAT THE CAT? Mo' info can be gleaned at GoMo.net



VIDEOS!


The folks at the Kennedy Center have posted 3 documentary videos about the creation of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! They're pretty great and give a peek into the actual production of the musical in addition to what went into it.

You can check out all the videos HERE.



The Kennedy Center also made some videos about KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL a few years back.  Those are here.



THEATER!


Speaking of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL, a new production opens up on April 19 at the GROWING STAGE Children's Theater of New Jersey in Netcong, NJ.  The show runs through May 18.  Full details are HERE.


VOTE!

Award Seal designed by Maurice Sendak

I'm thrilled that THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! has been named a finalist for the Irma Black Award, administered by the fine folks at the Bank Street School.  What makes this award particularly exciting is that real 1st and 2nd graders from all over the world get to vote for their favorite picture book of the year.



If you want your students to have a say, you can register here (voting ends April 20). So, go vote!



APPEARANCES!  


I have one signing this month in the lovely French town of Tours.

Saturday April 12th at 3pm - 6pm  

I'll be reading and signing (in French)

at

Libr'enfant Librairie spécialisée jeunesse Librairie Sorcière - ALSJ
48 Rue Colbert
37000 Tours


There will be all sorts of events earlier in the day followed by my signing.  

Please do drop by if you're in the area.

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...