Monday, November 28, 2016

MO WILLEMS STUDIO DECEMBER 2016 UPDATE

DECEMBER features touring shows, an exhibition, and fun stuff!
THEATER!   
KENNEDY CENTER TOUR!



I'm excited that 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 the next few months:




I'll be attending some of the NYC shows at the New Victory Theater Off-Broadway on 42nd in January.  More on that next month.


If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!  


STUFF!

I'm very excited that the folks at YOTTOY have created a pair of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE BOOKENDS which include a 'hidden' Pigeon!


Organization is so much fun with our new Elephant and Piggie bookends that combine function and style! Made of durable precision-cut metal with high gloss coating, Elephant and Piggie sit comfortably back-to-back to prop up their bestselling book collection. Soft blu-grey Elephant separates from peppy pink Piggie to support all your books with ease. Look out for Pigeon, as he makes a surprise appearance on this set of bookends just as he does in Mo's books!  

You can get your bookends HERE! 





There's also a NEW ELEPHANT & PIGGIE CAP!
Black six-panel cotton baseball cap featuring Elephant & Piggie from the bestselling Elephant & Piggies series by Mo Willems. Embroidered characters on the front and Elephant & Piggie embroidered on the back. One size fit all adults with adjustable fabric strap in back.
You can get yours exclusively thru & benefiting the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM.

As the holidays approach, might I point you to MO WILLEMS STUFF, a site that lists everything officially available of my work, from Books to clothing, art, cartoons, posters, stuffies, and Mo'.  It's not a merchant site, and tries to link to the indie vendors who produce the stuff.  

There will be opportunities to purchase signed (but not personalized) books this month from The Eric Carle Museum Bookshop, The Blue Bunny Bookshop, and Barnes & Noble (check w/ your local branch).

(If it's not on Mo Stuff, it's not Mo Stuff...)


THANKS/nice news!

Thanks to you NANETTE'S BAGUETTE debuted on the New York Times Picture Book Bestseller list.


Here's a nice review of NANETTE'S BAGUETTE.

NANETTE'S BAGUETTE was also named an Amazon Best Book for 2016! 

The San Francisco Chronicle recommends NANETTE'S BAGUETTE on their holiday gift list. 

Thanks to you, Nanette was booted off the NYT list by Elephant & Piggie's  THE THANK YOU BOOK! 
 

Speaking of THE THANK YOU BOOK, a big thanks to the NEW YORK TIMES which named the final book in the Elephant & Piggie series a 2016 Notable Book.  A great honor, the first for any of my books!

The NYT also gave it a nice review earlier this year and created a slide show of Elephant & Piggie thru the years.  They turn 10 next spring. 

THE THANK YOU BOOK is a GOODREADS best book of the year finalist!  You can vote for your favorite picture book of the year here.

Thank you for all of the wonderful support!

EXHIBITS!
  

THE R. MICHELSON GALLERIES, Northampton, MA



 THE 27TH ANNUAL ILLUSTRATION SHOW


A grand Children's Book Illustration tradition, this exhibit at the R. Michelson Galleries features an amazing array of original art from your favorite books.  This year they'll also have a selection of various artists personal work.  A show not to be missed.

Among the selections will be some original drawings and constructions from NANETTE'S BAGUETTE on view plus a few of my non-book Magnet Doodles upstairs.

 


This exhibit is open to the public and runs thru December 2016
APPEARANCES!
 

Not too many appearances in December:

On Sat. Dec. 3rd at 1pm, I'll be visiting the BLUE BUNNY BOOKSTORE in Dedham, MA.   

I'm afraid this show sold out very quickly, but, there may be standby available and you call call them for signed stock.

This one is not a book signing, but always FUN: 

On SATURDAY DEC. 10 at 4.30pm I will be reprising my role as MOTHER GINGER in the Pioneer Valley Ballet production of THE NUTCRACKER at the THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC in Northampton, MA.


It's  been a few years, but it's fun getting to ham it up, and you'll LOVE the reindeer!
   
Other local heroes will be filling my skirts during other performances, including author/illustrator pal JJK.

Check it out.  TICKETS ARE HERE.

Continuing....


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





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!


 


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


A final thought...


Have a wonderful Holiday Season & tell someone you love that you love them...