Gulf Oil Spill and President Obama's Ban on Drilling Makes Children’s Book “Davey and the GOM (Giant Oil Monster)” by James “Bud” Bottoms Extremely Relevant

Today, President Obama halted all offshore oil drilling. This event makes the story told in James "Bud" Bottoms’ children's book “Davey and the GOM (Giant Oil Monster) extremely relevant. With only his shiny little shovel and the power of the sun, Davey fights the Giant Oil Monster to save his sea-living friends and the ocean environment. "Davey and the GOM" is published by Summerland Publishing, whose goal is to publish books to help make the world a better place.

Lompoc, CA, May 02, 2010 --( Summerland Publishing in Lompoc, CA is pleased to promote another great children's book by James “Bud” Bottoms, this one entitled "Davey and the GOM (Giant Oil Monster)," (ISBN 978-0-9795444-1-5). Bud is internationally famous for his marine mammal sculptures, fountains and monuments. He is now also writing and illustrating wonderful books teaching ethics and environmentalism to children.

The idea for this book came about after January 28, 1969 when an oil well blew out on a drilling platform in the Santa Barbara, California channel. Millions of gallons of crude oil erupted from the ocean floor and spread into a gigantic poisonous slick for dozens of miles along the Southern California coast. People massed at the polluted beaches to try and save the oil soaked birds and mammals. Their outrage at the destruction of their environment became “the ecological shot heard ‘round the world.” Bud then co-founded “Get Oil Out” (GOO), a grass roots movement that helped to spark the Environmental Revolution.

That was almost four decades ago, and since then the Giant Oil Monster has lived on and grown bigger, contributing to global warming. In current news is the horrendous oil spill affecting all of the Gulf states, and President Obama today called for an immediate stop to all offshore oil drilling.

Unless we replace the use of oil for energy with an alternative like solar and bio fuels, we will destroy our living environment and our own children’s future. Like the Biblical story of David and Goliath, we, as Davey, must overcome the GOM. To commemorate that infamous day in history, Summerland Publishing released “Davey and the GOM” with the hope that children and their families everywhere will join efforts to clean up our environment and solve our energy needs.

Bud is the father of four actor sons: Timothy, Joseph, Sam and Ben Bottoms, and is a grandfather as well. This is why Bud is now writing and illustrating books to help kids, like this new book and also his “Kid Ethics” titles which teach values like integrity, honesty and justice to children. Summerland Publishing is proud of Bud’s contributions to children everywhere, and will be happy to provide additional information upon request.

"Davey and the GOM (Giant Oil Monster)" by James "Bud" Bottoms
ISBN: 978-0-9795444-1-5 Retail Price: $14.95
Available at all bookstores and online at,, and many other sites.

Summerland Publishing
Jerry Newton