About The Book

What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo is a picture book that was created in New Orleans, LA. It is independently published, and has sold nearly 7,000 copies since its release in July, 2013. You can read about how the team came together and how we came up with the story idea on our blog. The funds for the first round of printing were raised through the generous donations of friends, family, and fans via Indigogo. More about crowd funding a children’s book is also on our blog.

AUTORS: Grace Millsaps and Ryan Murphy
ILLUSTRATORS: Alyson Kilday and John Clark IV
GENRE: picture book, ages 4-8
PUBLISHER: The Sleepy Animals, LLC
FORMAT: hardcover, 11” x 8.5”
ISBN: 978-0-9887603-0-1

The Zoo Krewe – The Creators

Grace Milsaps
Grace MilsapsAuthor
Grace Millsaps in a preschool teacher and author who has taught children on three continents. She writes a blog on child development and food at GraceMillsaps.com. In her spare time she enjoys reading non-fiction, writing poetry, and cooking. Her favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Grace is a graduate of Emory University where she studied anthropology. She resides in New Orleans, with her husband, Ryan Murphy, and her two sleepy cats.
John H. Clark IV
John H. Clark IVIllustrator
John Clark IV is graphic designer and illustrator who co-founded the local creative agency HOP & JAUNT. He and his partner, Alyson Kilday, founded HOP & JAUNT during a year sabbatical while sailing through the Caribbean and South America. At the end of their travels, they decided to plant their design business in the only place that would satisfy their love for interesting places, New Orleans. John is the cartoonist for the Today in NOLA cartoon series that celebrates the quirks of life in New Orleans. He is a graduate of University of South Alabama.
Ryan Murphy
Ryan MurphyAuthor
While being born in New Orleans, Ryan has also lived in Georgia, Massachusetts and China. He is published China Economic Review magazine, and on the blog http://www.nouveausouth.org/. Ryan is a performer at The New Movement Theater, a licensed tour guide and pedi cab driver for the city of New Orleans, and, just for fun, a barred attorney in the state of Louisiana. Ryan is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and a proud member of the 610 Stompers.
Alyson Kilday
Alyson KildayDesigner
Alyson Kilday is co-founder/creative director of HOP & JAUNT | Creative Agency, a design and branding agency based in New Orleans. She and her partner, John Clark IV, moved to New Orleans to start their design agency after sailing through the Caribbean and South America. Having lived and visited over a dozen countries, Alyson speaks Japanese and Spanish fluently. Aly is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Our MVP Krewe Members

ReneeInquisitive Explorer
Renee is an inquisitive, skeptical, young girl. Her curiosity leads her to some pretty exciting discoveries about the zoo.
Rhino Car
Rhino CarSuper Charger
The rhino loves to visit schools, libraries, and bookstores. Since it is Grace and Ryan’s only car, it can also be spotted around New Orleans running errands. The car was made with a professional paint job, vinyl stickers designed by John, and a custom metal horn created by DIO Bikes.  It is 2004 Ford Explorer, still going strong after more than 250,000 miles.