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!
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
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
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.
Want to know where ideas come from? Look inside.