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MO WILLEMS. Pigeons, Pigs, & People. Illustrator Study by Susan Warnick. Mo Willems’ Funny Drawings. “ I’ve drawn ever since I was a child, and I lived a lot of my life through making cartoons and telling my own stories.”. Mo Willems. Born: February 11, 1968 Hometown: New Orleans, LA - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • MO WILLEMSPigeons, Pigs, & PeopleIllustrator Studyby Susan Warnick

  • Mo Willems Funny Drawings Ive drawn ever since I was a child, and I lived a lot of my life through making cartoons and telling my own stories.

  • Born: February 11, 1968Hometown: New Orleans, LACurrent City: Brooklyn, NYFamily: Wife & daughterCareer: Author, illustrator, and animator Worked for Sesame Street, where he earned six Emmy awards for his writing Created two animated series for Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network

    Mo Willems

  • Childhood DreamsIt was also very funny. I loved his drawings. I drew Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Then, as I grew, I started drawing my own characters. I even wrote Charles Schultz saying that I wanted his job when I grew up and he died. I loved Peanuts. I read those comics all the time. It was the only comic strip where the main character was not happy. I thought that was very realistic. Childhood is not always a happy time. Theres a lot of learning and stress.

  • A BookIsa Friend A book sits there waiting for you to pick it up whether you want it or notbecause a book is a friend. Its not just the content, but the physical being of a book that is there for you always and unconditionally.

  • My Punk Rock PigeonI kept making doodles, and this character kept bugging me the pigeon, it turned out to be. The pigeon acted like a child. When I was a child I was always being told, No. Its great to yell No! Its very punk rock.I go to a library. Ive got 500 kids yelling at the top of their lungs, No! in the library. That just rocks. Its a very super-cool thing.

  • Demanding Doodles I just spent the day doodling this pigeon.

    When I create a character, its very important to me that a four-year-old can reasonably draw that character, because I think the book is only one part of the experience.Characters must come alive, so kids can create their own comics and their own books using my characters, like I started with Charlie Brown.Click here to learn how to draw the pigeon.

  • His First StarDont Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Caldecott 2004I bet your mom would let me.Minimal design focusing on the pigeonEach page like a freeze frame of cartoon footage Action, expressions & humor captured with just a few wordsClean, simple, childlike drawings and eight vignettes of tantrumsScratchy black and yellow lettering

  • His Flock of Pigeons

  • K-k-k-nuffle BunnyKnuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Caldecott Honor 2005Style influenced by being an animatorAggle flabble kabble.snurp?Brightly colored human & stuffed bunny cartoon characters in retro style on top of black & white photographs of a New York City neighborhoodCreated a funny and new way of illustrating a childrens picture book by imposing cartoon characters on black & white photographs. Can you find the pigeon in the book?

  • Double K-nuffleKnuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity Caldecott Honor 2008That is not my bunny.Cartoonstyle art, set against black & white photos of NYC inside & out; shows lots of detailComic book style panels help pace the action.Can you find the pigeon? Differences in bunnies? Mention of other books?

  • Final K-nuffleKnuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

    As a kid it was a big thing for me to go to HollandHolland is a beautiful placeTrixie was named after my daughter who is now nine. It was time for Trixie to be free.

    Trixie had to take a trip. She was living in a new world. She realized that she didnt have to live with her bunny anymore.

    Click here to have fun with Trixie

  • Piggie & ElephantMo created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of Easy Readers, which have been honored with the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award three times.

    The books are filled with humor. The books have simple illustrations and brief sentences. The words almost seem to make the illustrations move. His illustrations have simple lines which focus on the important character on each page.


  • Other Geisel Awards

    20082009His books arent made to be just read. He wants them to be played.Click here to play with Elephant and Piggie

  • Have You Read Them All?

  • Will Mo Willems Be the NextDr. Seuss?

    He draws funny cartoon illustrations on plain backgrounds. His text has only a few words in dialogue balloons. This makes these books just right for new readers.

  • Time with Mo

    The silly illustrations and situations in these books make them fun to read. He uses dialogue balloons and a large bold font. Children find a lesson and a laugh in this uncluttered format.

  • Laugh with LeonardoClick Here to Play with LeonardoThe illustrations in this book remind kids of the monsters in Where the Wild Things Are. Leonardo wants to be a big terrible monster like Max did. But he isnt terrible at all.

  • Edwina is extinct.She just doesnt care!This book is written with funny text and cartoon illustrations. Children search for hidden pictures of the pigeon and Knuffle BunnyaClick here to find Edwina

  • Naked or Not?With simple drawings of silly-looking naked mole rats, Mo Willems focuses on Wilber, the naked mole rat who dares to be different. He loves getting dressed. Its a little like the mouse Despereaux in The Tale of Despereaux.

  • Two Books in One !Mo Willems had been reading Calvin and Hobbes and watching the way his daughter read. He had been drawing alligators for a year and not knowing why. As he drew them, the characters came alive. The white background lets the focus fall on the characters expressions and feelings. It has a picture book format, but it has six and a half stories like a chapter book. Its a hybrid.

  • His books are mini-graphic novels. Comics are fun to read.

    Mo Willems Knows KidsMo says he doesnt write books.he makes them.

  • Works CitedFlynn, Kitty. Review of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Horn Book. Sep.-Oct. 2004: pp. 576-7. Print.Flynn, Kitty. Review of The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! Horn Book. Jan.-Feb. 2004: p. 323. Print.Flynn, Kitty. Review of Time to Pee! Horn Book. May-June 2004: p. 75. Print.Kids Q&A: Mo Willems. Powells Books. Powells City of Books. 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. .Meet Your Next Favorite Book. Goodreads. 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. Mo Willems. Disney. n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2011.

  • Works Cited (cont.)Pigeon Presents. Pigeon Presents! Starring Mo Willems Pigeon! Hyperion Books for Children. 2007. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. .Titlewave: Library and Classroom Solutions. Follett Library Resources. 2011. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. .A Video Interview with Mo Willems. Reading Rockets. WETA Television. 2011. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. .Willems, Mo. Welcome to: Mo Willemsdotcom. Mo Willems. 2009. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. .


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