Mel’s Books

We'll Just Let Mel Explain...

Besides rockin' his Little Green Boogie, Mel is quite capable with a drawing pen and a word processor. He has illustrated several children's books, as well as a few of his own.

When not drawing googly-eyed cows and turtles, Mel writes books for big people, too! He is a three-time winner of the Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper award for editorial cartoons -- even once beating out his idol, Walt Handlesmann, formerly of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

As a journalist, Mel has pulled in the Associated Press Best Sports Column award (2001 Louisiana-Mississippi division).

We'll let Mel tell you more...


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An Ice Cream Cow H.O.L.I.D.A.Y. -- What Do You Do When The Story Is True?

A great Christmas story for families -- In fact, this Cow has an endorsement from a Pig!

From Carey Womack, the Lead Screamer of CCM Punk Rock Legends ONE BAD PIG, and currently Lead Pastor of the Camden (TN) Cumberland Presbyterian Church:

"As a pastor who cares about authentic faith and as a writer who likes over-the-top loud and crazy fun, my inner Jekyll and Hyde is an exuberant fan of Mel LeCompte, Jr.’s An Ice Cream Cow H.O.L.I.D.A.Y.

The quirky and vibrant art, off-the-beaten-path pop culture references, and tour through a year’s familiar holidays skewers the ludicrous PC culture’s labeling of the Christmas season.

At the same time, H.O.L.I.D.A.Y. demonstrates that the real meaning of Christmas is one that brings hope, healing, and peace to a divided culture like ours.

Don’t worry that I’m beginning to get too serious – this H.O.L.I.D.A.Y. is as much fun as getting sprayed with two-dozen cans of silly string while smashing a guitar!"


The Ice Cream Cow -- What Do You Do With a Cow That Does Not Moo?

A great first reader (sight words galore!) or bedtime story for the wee little MooDoggies.

“The Ice Cream Cow reads with the cadence of Good Night Moon and the whimsy of Dr. Seuss. ”
— The IND, Lafayette, LA

T-Boy and the Terrible Turtle -- One Rascal Reptile's Trip Across The Bayou State

For elementary-aged MooDoggies and their parents, follow the Terrible Turtle as he sneaks his way across Louisiana. Our lovable hard-headed, hard-shelled rascal discovers oddball facts and folklore about every place from Abita Springs to Zwolle!

This book includes a 'Who Knew Dat' trivia section and clever in-jokes to keep MooDoggie moms and dads reading right along.

"A romp of a geography lesson..."
- Chere Coen, Louisiana Book News


Sharpened Iron: The Tee Cotton Bowl Story

A true-life story of how the small Cajun town of Ville Platte became united -- in spite of racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds -- over a simple high school football game.

(Well, a simple high school football game that, through the years, has been covered on ESPN, visited by the Maxwell Club, awarded by NFL legend Tony Dungy, and blessed by Pope John Paul II. But you get the point. Just think of it as Facing The Giants with 110% more boudin.)

"His Holiness was pleased to learn of the annual Tee Cotton Bowl in Ville Platte, LA... Upon all taking part in the competition, the Holy Father cordially invokes God's blessings of joy and peace."
– Monsignor Valention Di Cerbo
Bureau Chief under Pope John Paul II - The Vatican