We noticed that Mo Willems writes and illustrates books we love, but they don't always have a setting. After much digging and chatting, we decided that Mo uses setting when it's critical to the story, but not when he wants his readers to focus on the relationships or characteristics of his characters. For example, in his Elephant and Piggie series, there is rarely a setting (occasionally a page will have one), but we think he wants us to focus on Piggie's friendship with Gerald. In the Knuffle Bunny series, a setting is necessary because without it, the story wouldn't be possible.
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