Saturday, July 17, 2021

Muley Reads: Green Eggs and Ham

 Ever had someone just bug you to death about trying something new?  What about a new food?  Here, Muley reads the classic story about just that in Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham."

By the way, Muley promotes the book but "not the eating of eggs and ham - it could be someone I know!"

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Muley the Mule assisted by Kevin L. Williams
Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Muley the Mule and Friends discuss Self-Esteem

 Never let anyone tell you who you are supposed to be. You know in your heart and in your mind who you are supposed to be, the goodness that shines light and bright from within you, the talents you have that can help others as well as yourself...

No magazine, TV show, or other person should dictate how you look, act, or live - that's all in your heart. Be a hero, do good for others, and especially do good for yourself.
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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Muley's Kids Sermons: Holy Cow, It's Muley! (Issue 1)

 You can now own the 2011 kids' messages presented by Muley the Mule at First Congregational Church!  Including 24 pages of high quality full color photos and art, this easy to carry and read comic book style publication shares the biography of Kevin L. Williams' puppetry in church and an introduction by Pastor Cheryl Cornish.  It's a great addition to any collection, all based in a message of LOVE - for each other, for the planet, for the animals, and for YOU.

CLICK HERE to purchase!



Muley's Comix and Stories #1b

 You can now own Muley's Comix and Stories #1b! 

Join Muley the Mule and Friends on their misadventures!  Includes the stories: Muley's Worm, Sheriff Muley of Giddy-up Gulch, and Eddie Bubba's Baby Brother.  All 32 pages in full color, including a wrap-around cover.

Muley the Mule and Friends Comix and Stories has been described as a half-baked mix of the innocence of Peanuts and irreverence of The Muppets.

CLICK HERE to buy your copy today!



Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Muley Reads: When God Was A Little Girl

Join Muley the Mule as he reads David R. Weiss' multi award winning book, When God Was A Little Girl, with illustrations by Joan Hernandez Lindeman!

During a long car trip, Susanna asks her father to tell her a story.  He - and she - creates a story around Susanna, telling the story of creation as seen through the eyes of a little girl.  She sings, she paints a world with beautiful colors, and gives her masterpiece away.

What are your favorite colors?
What do YOU think God looks like?
What's your favorite thing to create?

Read along with Muley and see if you get any ideas, then let's revisit the questions above!



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Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Muley Reads: The Little Engine That Could

Ever feel like you could never beat the odds? Same goes for Little Engine, until she thinks she can! Good motto for us to all have! If we think we can, we can!

Can you go CHOO CHOO when you hear the words train, tracks, or engine?
Can you spot all the different animals?
What jobs do the different engines have?
What do they all wish to get for the good boys and girls to have?


If you like this video, please donate to us by CLICKING HERE.

Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Muley Reads: Oscar's Half Birthday


Baby Oscar is only 6 months old, and nobody can stand to wait until the year passes so why not do a half-birthday!? Hey, who cares when you celebrate a birthday, as long as there's cake! While watching together, can you make the sounds you read about (the train, wind, cars, and more)? Can you sing along with everyone's birthday wish for Oscar? When is your birthday, and what do you hope to do to celebrate?

Muley Reads is a volume of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages! And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship. Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.
Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan. "Reading is fundamental!" Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!" Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!! www.muleythemule.com 

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Muley Reads: When Aidan Became a Brother

With so many species of animals, the MuleyVerse has always been inclusive and appreciative of people because of their individualities and differences, the things that make them special! Mules, dogs, ducks, horses, donkeys, and cows - all friends!


This sweet #ownvoices picture book by Kyle Lukoff, almost autobiographical, celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming-out to becoming a big brother.


Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages! And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship. Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book. Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan. "Reading is fundamental!" Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!" Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!! www.muleythemule.com www.muleyshow.com

Lee & Low Publishers has a teacher's guide.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

MuleyVerse Exhibit: Muley Through the Ages (2018) Re-cap

In 2018, Muley the Mule and Friends hosted a show produced by Joel Chapman called "The Congo Cabaret: That's Entertainment!" to raise money for the Food Ministry of First Congo of Memphis.  As part of the show, there was a display of MuleyVerse stuff.  Here is a re-cap of that exhibit with the descriptions from the cards you see in front of the exhibited pieces in the photos.


MULEY: THROUGH THE AGES EXHIBIT
Please check out this display of somewhat rare Muley memorabilia.
Then, look around behind it to the Food Pantry, which your ticket helps support tonight!

Inspired by friends and church family, the live "Muley and Friends Show" from conventions in years' past made a debut on television.  "Millionaire Magazines" explained how to help properly, while "Easter Eggheads" explained why not to eat all your candy at once, and also about the resurrection.


After many years of appearing at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL, a decision was made to create an alter-ego for Muley, that of SuperMule!  The "M" logo is based on the shape of Muley's ears, while the suit is the reverse colors of Superman.  To great audience glee, "SuperMule and the Cookie Caper" made it's debut in Metropolis!


Muley is seen flying high above the Food Pantry in his SuperMule uniform, which is based on his personality: blue briefs, blue towel cape, red pajamas, and blue canvas sneakers. The uniform of all great crime fighters.


Muley version 2.5, body constructed circa 2000, an upgrade around 2002.  This version of Muley went along on a Carnival Cruise, and participated in Guest Talent Night singing "Soul Mule."  Also shown is the award he won!


ORIGINAL MULEY CAST
To coincide with his original creation date, the first Muley puppet was constructed on January 1, 1990, followed soon by Missy Mule in the same year.
Buford the Dog was originally created for a church puppet team, but was purchased and added to the MuleyVerse.  Here, you see the original, and Buford version 2.0.


In late 1979, Kevin L. Williams created a character that, on January 1, 1980, would be named Muley the Mule.  This page is the earliest (third) drawing of Muley.  In front is a Sculpey Muley statue made in 1989.


Fan art happens to be one of our greatest treasures.
A Christmas Ball by Angela Williams.
A Pez Dispenser by Lin Workman.
And a Muley Sketch Card by Missy Mule's Assistant, Janet Wade, and her son, Anakin!

Muley's original life was in comics.  Here, you see the cover of 2007's collection of "Muley's Comix and Stories"  This full color comic book collected over 30 comic strips and 3 comic stories, including Muley's biography.


Muley's pet charity is The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.  He has not only helped host many fund-raising events over the years, but was named the "Official Spokes-Mule."  His certificate and an award are on display here, along with a photo taken at a charity art show.

On display here are the front and back covers of a coloring book based on another highly acclaimed show, "Muley's Talent(less) Revue," which featured his friends and other characters from the MuleyVerse of puppets in their quest to win the talent revue.  Nobody won.  It was a draw.


Over the years, Muley has had the opportunity to meet some heroes.  In 2008, Muley was invited to speak at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA where he was able to meet Jeannie Schulz, wife of "Peanuts" creator, Charles Schulz.  (Oh, yeah, Kevin was there, too.)


Meeting other great heroes have been a huge joy for Muley.  In this photo, from September 2015, Muley is pictured with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch performer, Carrol Spinney, and his wife Debra.  There was a brief conversation between Muley and the spirit-voice of Big Bird.  (Oh, yeah, Kevin was there, too.)



(Will post this photo when/if we find it...)
The Moanful Missy
By Mulinardo di Pinchy
Prismacolor on Black Construction Paper.
c. 1989
On Loan from the Loo Museum
Loo Loo, Skip to the Loo, My Darling.

The Art of the Process
This display exhibits the work that is done in the sequence prior to the creation of the final comic strip. The original note pad notes of the comic strip idea.  Pencils to work out the comic strip idea, and a sketch of Muley and Calvin Cow from behind. 
Below, the finished comic strip, ink on bristol.



Sunday, January 24, 2021

Muley Reads: Harold and the Purple Crayon


Are you like me?  Hate to go to sleep until you finally fall asleep?  Sometimes, I read a book (duh!), and sometimes I lay there imagining what I could be doing instead of sleeping.  The first thought is:  I could be drawing!!

Well, that's just what Harold does!  He likes to draw with his purple crayon, and he allows his imagination to take him on a great adventure - instead of going to sleep, haha!

Grab your family and friends, grab a snack or three, and enjoy this edition of Muley Reads: Harold and the Purple Crayon!


Muley Reads is a volume of videos with Muley the Mule reading his favorite books. "Reading is Fundamental" and books bring the fun, Muley brings "da mental!" Let Muley share stories with you and your family to inspire conversation, thinking, and creativity!

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