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Gaston’s devoted fans have followed him since he led Santa’s team of flying alligators through the bayou on Christmas Eve in Cajun Night Before Christmas. Now, Gaston the Green-Nosed Alligator reveals how those holiday events came to pass.
It recounts how Santa, through a series of mishaps, comes to reside in the bayou. His aging reindeer are too infirm to make their annual trek around the world, and Santa fears that Christmas may have to be postponed. However, Gaston saves the day by training seven other alligators to fly. Together, they set a new speed record, and Christmas arrives on time!
This second edition features all-new, full-color artwork which brings a fresh face to Gaston’s glowing green nose. This Christmas season, Gaston will continue to bring smiles to the faces of children everywhere, as he has for nearly thirty years.
About the Author/Illustrator
Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. His first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers also enjoy Gaston’s other adventures, including Gaston Goes to the Kentucky Derby and Gaston Goes to Texas. For over thirty years, Mr. Rice’s works have captured the spirit of Cajun culture, cowboys, and the West, as well as national themes. With over 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Mr. Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council.
GASTON THE GREEN-NOSED ALLIGATOR
Written and illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Alligators & Crocodiles
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. 2nd ed.