Animal Hop! A Dance and Book Party for Kids

Animal Hop! A Dance and Book Party for Kids

Dancing! Books! Authors! Contests! Prizes! Games! Crafts! The ANIMAL HOP is an event for kids: part dance party, part book party, but 100% devoted to helping animals. The money raised at the Animal Hop will go to Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a non-profit, no kill shelter who specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and finding new homes for dogs, cats, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals. Come meet some of your favorite children’s book authors, dance to LIVE music of the La-La-Llamas, buy an animal themed book or two provided by local independent bookstore WORD, and help out animals in need.

BONUS: The first 50 families in the door get a free copy of GOING, GOING DRAGON, the finale of the Eisner nominated kid’s graphic novel series GUINEA PIG PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE!

Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue

Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue are the author and illustrator of the kids’ graphic novel series GUINEA PIG, PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE, which has been nominated for the Eisner Award Best Publication for Kids and awarded “Best Book” recognition from Kirkus Reviews, NYPL, Bank Street, and the Junior Library Guild. The Animal Hop is the book release party for the final volume, GOING, GOING, DRAGON. Colleen’s second favorite thing in the world is dancing. Stephanie’s second favorite thing in the world is kung fu, but they both share a first favorite thing: a love of animals and places like Sean Casey Animal Rescue who help them.

Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator the Bad Kitty series, as well as Boing, Who Is Melvin Bubble?, and Bob and Otto (written by his father Robert O. Bruel), among others. Nick’s books have won numerous state awards and Children’s Choice awards including Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year for Bad Kitty for President. Nick lives with his wife Carina, daughter Isabel, and cat Esmerelda in Tarrytown, New York. During his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard.

Michelle Knudsen

Michelle Knudsen is the author of more than 40 books for young readers, including the New York Times best-selling picture book Library Lion (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), the picture book Argus (illustrated by Andréa Wesson), and the middle-grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian. Her most recent picture book, Big Mean Mike (illustrated by Scott Magoon), won the 2013 Irma Black Award, which was voted on by more than 7,500 first and second graders around the world. She is currently working on a new novel for young adults, due out in 2014. Michelle also works as a freelance editor and occasional writing teacher. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


La-La-Llamas are a bunch of crazy animals (also known as "musicians") specializing in playing covers of animal-themed songs for kids. Lead by Tom Venable who started playing drums professionally at the age of 13. At 15 he was playing with members of the New York Tonight Show Band, Count Basie Band, and Frank Sinatra Band. He is a member of Local 802 (NYC) American Federation of Musicians and is actively working in the NY metro area specializing in studio, show and live performance.

Band members include Jay Bianchi on piano, Julian Smith on bass, Debbie Major on vocals, and Tom Venable on drums

Sean Casey Animal Rescue

A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, No-Kill Shelter, Sean Casey Animal Rescue specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and small mammals. The purpose of this endeavor is to aid unfortunate animals in the interest of a higher quality of life. We take in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters, and other public organizations. These animals are cared for, and/or rehabilitated to the best of our ability and means until which time they can be found healthy, happy homes–whether it be through adoption to qualified candidates or legally released into habitats suitable to the specific species in conjunction with licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

WORD Bookstore

WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that opened in March of 2007. Our primary goal is to be whatever our community needs us to be, which currently means carrying a lot of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, and absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). We're a small operation, just 1000 square feet, but we read too much, so it all works out.



Kids 2 years old and under get in free *** First 50 families get a free copy of 'Going, Going, Dragon' ***

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Animal Hop! A Dance and Book Party for Kids with Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue, Nick Bruel, Michelle Knudsen, La-La-Llamas, Sean Casey Animal ...

Sunday, November 10 · Doors 1:30 PM / Show 2:00 PM at Littlefield