Don't Pigeonhole Me! (Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook)

Don't Pigeonhole Me! (Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook) By Mo Willems, Don t Pigeonhole Me Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook Young readers first met the Pigeon a beleaguered bird desperate for a shot behind the wheel of a bus in Don t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus went on to sell millions of copies receive a Caldecot
  • Title: Don't Pigeonhole Me! (Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook)
  • Author: Mo Willems
  • ISBN: 9781423144366
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Don't Pigeonhole Me! (Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook) By Mo Willems, Young readers first met the Pigeon, a beleaguered bird desperate for a shot behind the wheel of a bus, in 2003 Don t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus went on to sell millions of copies, receive a Caldecott Honor, and spawn additional picture books, apps, games, and even silly bands But did you know the Pigeon was born many years earlier in the pages of a sketchbook In Don tYoung readers first met the Pigeon, a beleaguered bird desperate for a shot behind the wheel of a bus, in 2003 Don t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus went on to sell millions of copies, receive a Caldecott Honor, and spawn additional picture books, apps, games, and even silly bands But did you know the Pigeon was born many years earlier in the pages of a sketchbook In Don t Pigeonhole Me Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook, readers are given a rare glimpse into the mind of the man the New York Times described as The biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00s Since he was a teenager, Mo has been creating characters and scribbling ideas in the pages of sketchbooks In the early 1990s, he started self publishing collections of his drawings, and The Mo Willems Sketchbook was created What began as a calling card for his work has morphed over the years from a form of therapy, to an opportunity to explore and experiment, to a gift for friends and loved ones But these sketchbooks have always been and continue to be the well from which Mo draws ideas and inspiration.Featuring a foreword by Eric Carle and an introduction by Mo, this volume includes all twenty sketchbooks from the last two decades Don t Pigeonhole Me reveals the author illustrator at his most truthful, most experimental, most grown up Most Mo Want to know where ideas come from Look inside.
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      1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny a cautionary tale In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early readers, and published You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons, an annotated cartoon journal sketched during a year long voyage around the world in 1990 91 The New York Times Book Review called Mo the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00 s Mo s work books have been translated into a myriad of languages, spawned animated shorts and theatrical musical productions, and his illustrations, wire sculpture, and carved ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation Mo began his career as a writer and animator for television, garnering 6 Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street, creating Nickelodeon s The Off Beats, Cartoon Network s Sheep in the Big City and head writing Codename Kids Next Door He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.

    408 thoughts on “Don't Pigeonhole Me! (Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook)”


    1. Cannot believe the complaints about this books from other reviewers Heaven help the children s author who writes an adult book You know, Willems wasn t always a children s author, or an animator for Nickelodeon This is a retrospective of his past work Obviously, he must have expected this to be an issue, since the title is Don t Pigeonhole Me People are even wondering why there isn t a warning label and clutching their pearls over the fact children might see it Heaven help any of these folks if [...]


    2. While somewhat interesting to see the behind the scenes of what makes Mo Mo, this book unfortunately does not cater to his biggest fans or the people who brought him fame and fortuneds How much wonderful it would have been for children to experience the mystery behind the author illustrator they feel such an affection towards with a non fiction book meant for them Sadly, this book must have been intended for the teachers, parents, and librarians who are familiar with his work and can handle som [...]


    3. While this book is 288 pages, it s a short 288 pages as it s mostly Willems sketchbooks I really enjoyed reading the introductions for the sketchbooks and how they came to be I especially loved reading about how Don t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus came to be While I would have liked to see about Elephant and Piggie, I still enjoyed this book.



    4. A lot of the cartoons and drawings here were amusing, but it strikes me as the kind of work that is generally collected and published in a handsome volume like this after an author has died, or is at least is very near the end of his career, a la The Secret Art of Dr Seuss The frequent gushing quotes about how great Mo Willems is would have been appropriate if this book had been some sort of tribute in a book he himself produced at the height of his career they come across as a tad immodest.


    5. Seriously, does he really need the money How very sad a successful children s book author publishes a book clearly for adults and hopes to collect on his name Perhaps using a pen name would have avoided the bad publicity he will get when children take this book out and then realize it is not a Mo Willems they are familiar with Shame on Mo Willems, shame on Eric Carle who does the forward and shame on Disney for publishing and shame on any parent who purchases this without reading it first SKIP I [...]


    6. I don t say genius very often, but I m saying it now He s got an understanding of human desire, pain, and an authentic graciousness put that with a confident hand and an interest in how drawings are good, and wow Several high points Belligerent Bunny in Olive Hue Show Mutts and Float and the Anatol Kovarsky inspired cartoons.


    7. Awesome bday gift I love it but was a little bit shocked seeing some of the sketches considering Mo writes kids books So glad I finally read this, but I m sure there are angry parents out there who bought this thinking it was an enormous children s book No warning on the cover, and even an intro by EricCarle Yikes Hopefully kids won t grab this at the bookstore by mistake


    8. I enjoy reading Mo Willems children s books out loud to my students I enjoy his simple drawings This book is not for kids No Willems shows his thinking and doodlings from the 1990s It was interesting to see the progress of characters from his sketchbooks and zines.


    9. I learned 2 things from reading this sketchbook biography 1 Willems loves to draw breasts.2 This is not appropriate for children.



    10. You know those days where all you can see is despair about the end of civilization as we know it, and the beginning of bad, very horrible times, and you just want to crawl into a dimly lit warm and dry space from now until you feel better, which is clearly going to be ten minutes past never But you realize that maybe your best chance of surviving the terror is to be near other human who you are pretty sure don t want to destroy all that is good and valued in your life But not in any sort of situ [...]


    11. Let me start this review by saying, I love Mo Willems work His Elephant and Piggie books are true gems and have encouraged my kids to keep going when they were starting their reading career Every time we pick up a Mo Willems book, it s like magic The kids laugh and giggle, find delight in the silly little story but most importantly want to keep reading When looking for a children s biography on Willems, I stubbled across this title I decided I had to read this for myself, because I have come to [...]


    12. This book reminds me of the James Thurber collections I read years ago Very New York, very funny I have no idea why people are freaking out that it s not a kids book It was in the adult nonfiction section of my library, and it would be in the adult section of any bookstore Also, it s a book of cartoons, so it would be the work of moments to preview it if you were honestly confused about whether or not to give your five year old a copy ALSO it weighs about ten pounds, which is pretty unlikely in [...]


    13. Don t Pigeonhole Me is a hard book to categorize It is a large collection of small sketchbooks that Willem s has made over the years to share predominantly with his family and friends I m going to admit that I didn t always get the joke Not sure if that says about me, than him though Definitely for adults, Don t Pigeonhole Me is an interesting look into Willem s humour as well as the origins of some of his children s book characters, as he plays with them in his sketchbooks before developing th [...]


    14. My first and second grade students absolutely adore Mo Willems books, and I love reading them aloud This was a fascinating look at how he got his startI had no idea how diverse his body of works truly was





    15. Collection of Mo Willems s annual sketchbook projects Best one hands down is his easy reader satire Olive Hue Show Mutts An Intoxicatingly Hard Reader.


    16. I saw his The Pigeon Needs a Bath in a bookstore a few months ago and loved it, so when I found this big, heavy book at a library, I had to check it out Reading other people s reviews, I realize how tricky book marketing is This book is NOT for children, even though the author is best known for his children s books He clearly says so in the book, but I guess some people had to see a big warning sign on the book cover that says Caution Nudity inside or something This book is a friendly invitation [...]



    17. I think a few of the reviewers on here missed the point The title of the book is Don t Pigeonhole Me and it s Mo Willems sharing the art he has been creating for DECADES, even before he was famous for his Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie As he explains in the first few pages, he doodles all the time and sometimes he draws things for his adult friends and this collection highlights many of those doodles.If you are a teen or adult fan of Willem s art, you MUST read this book It gives you insight on [...]


    18. I thought Mo Willems was a genius before I read this book Don t Pigeonhole Me is just further proof of his brilliant mind Includes lots of his early work in sketchbook form and details about what inspired him to create his most beloved characters I love the fact that he and his wife have doodle dinners where the dining room table is covered in butcher paper and all guests are encouraged to draw on the chalkboard walls in Willems dining room Highlights of this book for me were Olive Hue Show Mutt [...]


    19. I love this book I must get a copy to keep forever and ever I ve been a fan of the pigeon for a few years now, and to be able to meet all his wacky friends and corrupt family was awesome My favorite part was getting to see the pigeon retell the Little Engine that Could what an ending I read it to my husband, but he didn t see the genius My brother doesn t either I ll have to wait until my nieces are a little older to read it to them, but they love the pigeon almost as much as Tia.I also enjoyed [...]


    20. Collection of early, short, and often adult oriented content created by the beloved and infamous Mo Willems Honestly, it s nice to see early, indie work made available in such a nice, lush, form The book is huge, and very appropriate for leaving on your coffee table for months at a time I enjoyed perusing it while I loitered in the kitchen, occasionally reading bits out loud to the chef Favorite parts were Page 59, where he tells the story of going to a barber, and The Pigeon Tells a Story pgs [...]


    21. A wonderful behind the scenes look at Mo Willems clever words and amazing drawings I read it to myself and passed on little nuggets to the girls while I read it Some of the material wasn t as funny for them as I thought it was and some of it wasn t really written for them and that was just fine.I remember taking a collection of Norman Rockwell s drawings out of our small Stoney Creek library and being amazed to learn that this artist had different styles and interests than those he presented to [...]


    22. This was an interesting collection of Mo s early work and annual zine sketchbooks It was interesting to read the blurbs for how he got ideas for certain series and themes, but the sketches were hit or miss for me This is very clearly not a collection for children which is somewhat ironic considering that s his most famous audience but there are still a few collections that could be appropriate I loved learning that his dining room is painted with chalkboard paint and his tablecloth is white butc [...]


    23. I m a big fan of Mo Willems as a children s book author illustrator so I was glad to find a book that covers the past 20 years of his life and his emergence as an artist Every year Willems has put together a little sketchbook featuring his doodlings Some of them are just silly and others were actually the inspiration for a few children s books The content of this book is definitely aimed at adults, not his youngest fans All in all, it reminds all of us that doodling is a great activity we should [...]


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