Sunday, March 26, 2017

MO WILLEMS STUDIO APRIL 2017 UPDATE

WELCOME TO APRIL! I'm afraid that there are no public appearances this month, but there will be a whole mini-tour in May.  That doesn't mean there isn't exciting stuff going on.  Check it: It's the April UPDATE!

HAPPY (PUBLISHING) B'DAY(s)!


April 1 marks the 14th anniversary of the publication of my first book, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

If you happened to read a copy of the book when it first came out when you were little, you might well be in college now (wow)!

It's been a great ride, getting to create new characters, draw, and meet wonderful authors, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, and fans along the way.

Thank you for the opportunity. 

 It's also the 10th anniversary of the publication of THE ELEPHANT & PIGGIE series of easy readers. Over the past decade, Elephant Gerald and Piggie have had 25 adventures in many languages around the world.  They have been the great joy of my career and continue to be so as they introduce new books they love in the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series.

Here is a video showing you how to draw Piggie:

 

There's more anniversary fun at WWW.THANKORAMA.COM. 



And be on the look out this fall for ELEPHANT & PIGGIE's WE ARE IN AN ART-TIVITY BOOK!, a brand new activity book where you will get to learn how to draw your favorite characters, make all kinds of art from portraits to mobiles to sculptures and have your very own art exhibit with Elephant & Piggie!  

INTERVIEW!


A few months back, Rivka Galchen wrote a profile of me and my work for the NEW YORKER magazine.  Not long after the piece was published, Rivka and I sat down for a conversation for NPR'S NEW YORKER RADIO HOUR.

The interview covers Elephant & Piggie (both the books + the musical) and gives a preview of my upcoming book, WELCOME.

You can hear the interview here.  

THEATER!


The KENNEDY CENTER TOURING production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! is back on the road all across AMERICA and CANADA.


It's a fun show with a great cast and often sells out.  So, get your tickets!




Remember to contact the individual venues for tickets and details.  There will be many other locations with school performances, but these dates are be open to the public.

Note: schedules are subject to change.

Here is the tour schedule for upcoming public shows (click here for more):








Other theater companies are performing my plays as well!  Check them out if they're in your area.  You'll be supporting local artists, introducing your kids to the joys of theater, and hopefully have a laugh or two.

 AUSTIN, TX!



The ZACH Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru April 30th!


Here's a nice review of that production. 


More information and tickets available HERE.
KANSAS CITY, MO!




The COTERIE Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs from April 4 - May 21 !

More information and tickets available HERE.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI!




The Grand Rapids Civic Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru June 3rd !

More information and tickets available HERE.


VOTE!


The 10th annual CHILDREN'S CHOICE AWARDS is looking for KIDS, teachers, & librarians to VOTE for their favorite books! 

I'm happy to say that you can even vote for THE THANK YOU BOOK in the K-2 category.


Voting ends MAY 7th

So, go on:  VOTE HERE.

THANKS!

Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! popped back onto the New York TimesBestseller list in MARCH.  Thanks, you!


The YOU ARE NOT ALONE exhibit at the R Michelson Gallery was a great success.  Many of the works and a slew of signed posters sold to benefit the ACLU to the tune of over $ 13K.  Thank you.  

You can see images from the exhibit here.

Here is an interview with local radio star Monte Belmonte about the show.

UPCOMING BOOKS

May 2nd will see the publication of 2 exciting books.


The very talented Charise Harper has written & illustrated THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON, the 3rd installment of the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series which feature Elephant & Piggie introducing their favorite new books.  It's a funny story that I hope you'll enjoy when you pick it up at your local bookstore or library.

Additionally, the first bind-up, or compilation, of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE adventures, AN ELEPHANT & PIGGIE BIGGIE will publish.  It features 5 of Elephant and Piggie's adventures spanning a decade with a new intros and a look back at how both friends have changed over the years.


At the end of May, you'll see the publication of WELCOME: A MO WILLEMS GUIDE FOR NEW ARRIVALS, an illustrated guide-poem that's a bit of a departure for me.  I'm very happy with the outcome and also happy to see that PUBLISHERS WEEKLY gave the effort a STARRED review.


EXHIBIT


CALDECOTT CELEBRATION
AWARD WINNING AMERICAN ARTISTS
Hyundai Museum of Kids Books & Art
Seoul, South Korea

It's a thrill to be included in this exhibit feature book and personal work from a slew of Caldecott winners and honorees.  If you find yourself in Seoul, give the museum of a visit.

More details here.

The exhibit runs through June 25, 2017 
 That's it!



But, if you want to poke around the blog, some topics that might interest you are on the sidebar. 


And, I'm sure @The_Pigeon will keep tweeting...   

Friday, February 24, 2017

MO WILLEMS STUDIO MARCH 2017 UPDATE


I hope you all have a wonderful MARCH filled with reading and laughs.  Here are some of the things planned for this month:


PRESS!


The New Yorker recently ran an in-depth look at my career and pessimism.  

Enjoy!

You can read the piece here.



The New York Times chatted with pal Oliver Jeffers and me about Children's Theater.  

You can read the piece here.  


I recently sat down for another in depth piece, a 45 minute interview on NPR's ON POINT, which includes some wonderful calls from around the country.   

YOU CAN HEAR THE PIECE HERE.



School Library Journal has a few extensions you can use when reading Laurie Keller's Geisel Award winning WE ARE GROWING!  


You can read the piece here.



The Horn Book talks about best friends in early readers.



NANETTE'S BAGUETTE has been published in the UK and The Times (London) likes it.  


A They say: "There is no such thing as a bad Mo Willems Book. Nanette's Baguette proves that he is one of the best creators of contemporary picture books for the very young."  Flattering!



Also recently published in the UK is my chapter book collaboration with Tony DiTerilzzi, The Story of Diva and FleaThe Financial Times liked it, calling it "a good-natured, friskily fun tale... complemented by superb cartooning from Tony DiTerlizzi."  Again, flattering!



THEATER!   


KENNEDY CENTER TOUR!










 




The KENNEDY CENTER TOURING production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! is back on the road all across AMERICA and CANADA.


It's a great show and one that often sells out.  So, get your tickets!

Remember to contact the individual venues for tickets and details.  There will be many other locations with school performances, but these dates are be open to the public.

Note: schedules are subject to change.

Here is the tour schedule for upcoming public shows:






I will be attending the performance in NORTHAMPTON, MA on MARCH 18 and doing a talk back and there will be a book signing as well.

Get your tickets from the Academy of Music before they sell out!


 








Other theater companies are performing my plays as well!  Check them out if they're in your area.  You'll be supporting local artists, introducing your kids to the joys of theater, and hopefully have a laugh or two. 


AUSTIN, TX!



The ZACH Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru April 28th!


Here's a nice review of that production. 


More information and tickets available HERE.



REDMOND, WA!




The Second Story Rep production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru March 5th!




GRAND RAPIDS, MI!




The Grand Rapids Civic Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs from March 4th thru June 3rd !




LAPLATA, MD!




The College of Southern Maryland's production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL will run March 10 & 11.

More information and tickets available HERE.



EXHIBIT!

 
Always toward the greater good.
Those of you who follow me on twitter know I've been making quite a few drawings lately, reflections on current events. 

The R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA will be exhibiting these explorations from March 1 - March 31 in a show titled YOU ARE NOT ALONE: Reflections on the News.


You can see images from the exhibit HERE.


If you are interested in purchasing a piece, contact the gallery.



ADDITIONALLY, there will be a poster available for sale via the gallery (you can email them).


All of my proceeds and all of the Gallery's profits will be given to the ACLU, who have been challenging and will be challenging any new directives that are in contradiction with the American ideals of openness, fairness, and equality under the law.

The Gallery will be holding an OPENING for YOU ARE NOT ALONE on Friday March 10 from 6-8 pm as part of Northampton's Arts Night Out.  I'll be attending the opening, so do come by to say 'hello' if you're in the area. (pls. note, this is not a book signing)



WRITE ON!


Pal Oliver Jeffers realized that you might want to start writing your Representatives, so he created Love Letter America, a site with downloadable postcard images from a bunch of artist (including yours truly) and links to the addresses of your representatives.  Some nice art there, and there will be more soon.

 THANKS/nice news!

Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! popped back onto the New York TimesBestseller list in February.  Thanks, you!


BOOKS!

March 28th will see the publication of two new Spanish language Elephant & Piggie Books in the US and Canada, raising the total to 6 adventures.  I hope you enjoy!  (For those who want even more, remember, esperar no es f├ícil!)



ABSTRACTIONS...






Sometimes it's nice to spend some time allowing your brush and your mind to wander to abstract places.  Why not give it a try?
 
Continuing....



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If you'd like to see some of my cartoons and doodles, check out FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK., which features 25 months of drawings and ideas from Paris, France, Northampton, MA, and beyond. They're currently re-running, so you can see an old, new drawing every day!