Here is another great article about genius Mo Willems. He talks about his daughter, his work and his hopes for his writing.
He's got a lot more control over his books, the newest being "Leonardo the Terrible Monster," which will be published in September. He's author, illustrator and everything else. Willems says he'd like to pattern his career after "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz, who worked in all media, but on his own terms.
To enjoy similar success -- and power -- to Schulz, Willems, 37, knows he has to earn it. He's trying to endear himself to parents and young children alike by putting "as little as possible" into his books.
"I want readers to bring their own lives to a book. A book is a dialogue. Readers have to invest in a story, a kid has to put effort into a book. Then it's more satisfying to them."