Horsy Hops is a delightful story for children in pictures and verses. It introduces eight creatures invented by Newfoundlanders to frighten young children into behaving themselves. Among them are the Bullymaroo, the Horsy Hops, the Boobagger, the Angle Dog, the Stalligan, the Oodle Addle, the Beachy Bird and the Oonchook. The clever little girl in the story confronts all these creatures but instead of being afraid she out-smarts them all by means grounded in folklore.
About the Author
Anthony Barton is a painter and writer who has lived in Newfoundland for 28 years. He has had two sell-out exhibitions of his paintings in St. John’s, both funded by the Newfoundland and Labrador Council for the Arts. His work has been published by Methuen, Simon & Schuster and Penguin.
About Fergus O'Byrne
Fergus O’Byrne, originally from Ireland, is a well known musician who has won several music awards. He has performed extensively on radio and television both in Canada and abroad, and continues to tour nationally and internationally. Fergus has developed a curriculum-based school production, which he presents throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Both his television and sound recordings also contribute to various levels of school and university programming in the province and he has been involved in several ArtsSmarts projects.