The intrepid Gaston(R), a green-sed alligator and one of the most celebrated characters in modern childrens literature, embarks on a brand-new adventure into the Gulf of Mexico. After receiving a tip from a friendly crab, Gaston(R) decides to invest his savings in an offshore oil well. Having surveyed several types of oil rigs, Gaston decides to construct one of his very own. With the help of crew members, Gaston works hard to build his drilling rig, even continuing through a storm. Finally he strikes oil and can return to Louisiana as the states richest alligator. As in Gastons previous adventures, the locale, termilogy, and techniques are authentic. Gaston(R) Drills an Offshore Oil Well gives young people a basic introduction to the problems and procedures involved in producing Americas oil. A glossary provides clear definitions of the new vocabulary such as hotshot and monkey tower. Peppered with humor and seasoned with Rices colorful artwork, this is a delightful volume for young and old and a must-have addition for anyone collecting Rices books.
James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty childrens books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas(R), Rices first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nations best-selling creators of childrens books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Childrens Book Council.