Friday, October 1, 2010

Moooooo! Willems, That is.

Let NaBloWriMo begin!  It's October 1st and the goal is a post every day this month.  Rock & roll!

Last night Mo Willems launched his third in the Knuffle Bunny trifecta, Knuffle Bunny Free, at our local B&N. 
They started handing out wristbands (to acquire one, you had to conveniently buy his new book) at 9am for the 6:30pm event.  For those of us who do this extremely inconvenient thing called WORK, a giant wrinkled nose in B&N's direction.  By the time I got out of work, picked up and fed my kids, and zoomed the half hour there, it was 5:30.  Needless to say, it was standing room only, and not even behind the seating area, I'm talking back in the book bays between shelves.  Where you couldn't see anything.  BUT we did get to hear Mo read and answer a few questions before we stood in line for an hour and a half waiting for his signature.  Luckily for us, he was also signing any books you brought along from home (which is probably why the line took so long, lol), so we got the first two signed as well.
 Curly Jones waiting for Mo - The kids got to dress in pj's and bring stuffed friends.  She was so excited to show "Serious George" a whole endcap dedicated to him!
 This was my momentary blurry view of Mo... behind a million people... between bookshelves.  For most of his short talk, he was over more to the left, completely obstructed to me by the bookshelf.  Darn bookshelf in a bookstore.  Sheesh.  This blurry photo reminds me of Sasquatch.  Like... snapped in the one tiny moment I actually saw him from afar...
 Tootsie Roll falling asleep between bookshelves.  We were actually stuck between the bookshelves from 6:00 to about 8:15 when they FINALLY got to our part of the line for signatures.  Good times.
 Tootsie Roll with a life-sized Knuffle Bunny.  Yeah, um.... in Holland.  You have to read the book. ;)
 Curly Jones, who I assure you was not quite this happy for the entire 2 hours.
 Mo!  Finally!
Mo!  Signing our books!  WOOOHOOOOOO!  He was incredibly patient and sweet even though he was winding down nearly 2 hours of signing.  Tootsie Roll gave him a 3-pg (single spaced, 24 font) story that she wrote about Trixie and Knuffle Bunny.  He thought that was great!

So it was long, and not super fun until the very end... but it was worth it. :)  Yay, Mo!


Hannah Kincade said...

aww I love Knuffle Bunny!! What a great series! I'm glad that you guys got your book signed! Sounds like a madhouse. Boy am I glad I don't work at the Barne anymore.

Shelley Sly said...

Your girls are so adorable! Thanks for sharing these pictures!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love Knuffle Bunny! I'm not sure if my kids would last that long in a line up.

Theresa Milstein said...

Mo Willems is so talented and Knuffle Bunny is genius. How cool you all got to meet him. I'll have to check out the third book.

Old Kitty said...

I have no idea what a Knuffle Bunnny is or why (LOL!) but this is just so so so so so so so so cute!! Awwwww Yay for you and Mo and it's so fab to see all the kids really loving this experience!!! And y'all got to sleep, hang around, squeeze in between BOOKSHELVES full of BOOKS!!
Wearing pyjamas!!! Wow!

Yay!! Fantastic - thanks for sharing! Take care

aspiring_x said...

your girls are so super cute! the joy on their faces= book love= worth that terribly long time in line!!
what a wonderful experience! and so sweet about tootsie roll giving him her story! what a treasure for him! :)

storyqueen said...

The Knuffle Bunny books are brilliant!

So lucky you got to see Mo.


Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - that's a lot of people! Glad he was terrific once you got to see him!

Your girls are beautiful!