Denise Gallagher



As a child, Denise Gallagher wrote and drew constantly. Drawing from her rich imagination and the inspiration of her Louisiana home, she creates work that is at the same time whimsical and mysterious. She has illustrated books, including a Cajun folk tale by Barry Ancelet, and most recently published her first author-illustrator project, A Tip Tap Tale. Her work has received numerous national awards and has been displayed in museums and galleries across the United States. 



1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 2
Book Talk
A Tip Tap Tale

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


A Tip Tap Tale

BouZou, a singing, guitar playing hound dog is happy at home in his Louisiana swamp performing for the mudbugs and bullfrogs and stars above. When a cat named Slick Jim Jack shows up and entices BouZou to perform in the big city of New Aw-Leens, he can’t resist the tales of a gold guitar, t-bone steaks, and endless rubber balls. This Tip Tap Tale follows BouZou and Slick Jim Jack as they amble along, howling and singing a hound dog song with a triple twist and turn about—performing for the cheering, adoring crowds in New Aw-Leens. But an unshakable nemesis could spell trouble for BouZou and his newfound fame. Be-bop along with the colorful characters and lyrical language that make A Tip Tap Tale a fun-to-read romp through the swamps and big city of a jazzy Louisiana landscape.


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