“Rice is especially good with facial expressions, whether they are on a Texas jackrabbit...or the green and long-nosed alligator named Gaston.”
After adventuring through Louisiana’s placid swamplands and Texas’s prairies, the irrepressible, friendly alligator named Gaston® directs his attention offshore to assist some new-found friends in laying a pipeline.
While lolling lazily in the cool of the bayou, Gaston® has his curiosity stirred by a huge barge loaded with pipes. He follows it to the Gulf of Mexico, where he soon gets outfitted in a hardhat and steel-toed shoes and happily joins the crew in laying an offshore pipeline to obtain much-needed oil.
Gaston finds that the life of an offshoreman is not easy, but he enthusiastically accepts every assignment. As a welder, a diver, and a rigger, Gaston® proves that alligators, too, can contribute to solving the energy crisis.
About the Author/Illustrator
Widely acclaimed as the South’s leading illustrator of juvenile books, James Rice was the illustrator and/or author of sixty-six titles, including eighteen titles in The Night Before Christmas Series. There are almost two million copies of his books in print. He taught art at the grammar-school, high-school, and university levels and enjoyed talking to schoolchildren across the country about writing and art. James Rice passed away at his home in Hico, Texas, in May 2004.
GASTON® LAYS AN OFFSHORE PIPELINE
Written and Illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Alligators & Crocodiles
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. First full-color ed.