Today Show: Cartoonist Mo Willems Makes Books You Can Be Friends With

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Today Show: Mo Willems

Cartoonist and author Mo Willems thinks that kids get the short end of the stick. They have to ask permission to do just about anything, and get in trouble when they don’t understand why cant do what they want. His cartoons include pigeons, dinosaurs, and even naked mole rats have been translated into over a dozen languages, with the goal of making a little more sense out of a chaotic world. They’ve made it on the New York Times bestseller list, as well.

Today Show: Mo Willems Credits Success To Parents

Today Show: Cartoonist Mo Willems Makes Books You Can Be Friends With

Mo Willems believes that a book should be written in a way that makes it a friend.

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So whom does Mo Willems credit most of his success to? The mothers and fathers of the children that he so lovingly writes his comics and stories for. Mo is a parent himself, and he understands that if you write a boring book, it will be read in a boring tone, and cause everyone in the room to become unengaged. With his colorful, sometimes made up language, Mo Willems sidesteps this pitfall that many children’s book fall into.

Today Show: Mo Willems Uses Doodling To Empathize

Mo Willems believes that crayons and markers are for hands of all ages, and thinks it’s a shame that, even while a child still plays basketball knowing they won’t be a professional basketball player, they quit drawing as soon as they discover that they will not be a professional drawer. To keep the art alive, Mo, his wife, and his 11-year-old daughter gather around the table and mix conversation with doodling, what he considers to be the jazz of drawing.

Today Show: Mo Willems Makes Books You Can Be Friends With

As a kid, Mo Willems always related more to the perpetually dreary and displeased Charlie Brown than the all-too-happy Mickey Mouse. He understands more than anyone that, sometimes, a book is a child’s only friend. For this reason, he writes every book with the intention of making it a child’s friend.

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