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September 20100

What’s New · Knuffle Funny: The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems

Knuffle Funny slideshow

“Knuffle Funny: The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems,” a traveling exhibit organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, is a collection of 60 drawings from some of Willems’ beloved picture books. The exhibit will be on display in the Main Library Atrium from September 7 to November 14.

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!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. 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 created the Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal winning 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 books have been translated into many different languages, spawned Carnegie Medal winning animated shorts, and theatrical musical productions. His illustrations, wire sculpture, and carved ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation.