Renowned children’s author and
illustrator, Mo Willems will be at a free presentation and book signing of his
new Elephant & Piggie book I Am Going at Books & Books Monday, 15 March.
The 6pm event is part of the store’s International Visiting Author Series.
The public is invited to join the New
York Times bestselling author and young attendees are encouraged to go along in
their pyjamas and cuddle up while the author-illustrator reads. Milk and
cookies will be available.
In I Am Going! Piggie ruins a
perfectly good day by telling his best friend Gerald that he is going. But if
Piggie goes, who will Gerald play ping-pong and wear silly hats with? The author-illustrator
is a master at comic pacing and delivers another in the popular Elephant &
Piggie books that will have children laughing as they learn to read.
Mr. Willems will also be sharing
the first two books from his brand new Cat
the Cat series: Cat the Cat, Who Is That? and Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who
He began his career as a writer and
animator for PBS’ Sesame Street,
where he won six Emmy Awards for his writing. During his nine seasons with the
show, he also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two
animated series, Nickelodeon’s The
Off-Beats and Cartoon Network’sSheep in the Big City.
While serving as head writer for
Cartoon Network’s top children’s show, Codename:
Kids Next Door, he began writing and drawing books for youngsters. His
debut effort, Don’t Let the Pigeon
Drive the Bus! became a New
York Times bestseller and was awarded a Caldecott Honour in 2004.
The following year Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale was
awarded a Caldecott Honour. The sequel, Knuffle
Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity garnered Mo his third Caldecott
Honour in 2008
As well as picture books, Mr.
Willems created the Elephant and
Piggie books, a series of Easy Readers, which were awarded the Theodor
Suess Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009.
The author’s drawings, wire
sculptures and ceramics have exhibited in galleries and museums and his graphic
story about his family experiences during 9-11 for DC comics is in the Library
of Congress’ permanent collection.
While no longer working in television,
Mr. Willems voices and produces animated cartoons based on his books. The
animated Knuffle Bunnywas
awarded Best Film during the New York International Children’s Film Festival in
2008 and received the Andrew Carnegie Medal in 2007.
In addition to working on children’s
books, the author-illustrator is writing the script and lyrics for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical,
commissioned by the Kennedy Centre.
Mr. Willems lives in Massachusetts
with his family.