The Story of Sidney Kidman
Written by Kristin Weidenbach, illustrated by Timothy Ide
HB 32 | 260 x 290 | ISBN 9781925227246
$26.99 | Non-fiction picture book
MidnightSun Publishing | May 2017
Distributed by NewSouth Books
From the award-winning writer/illustrator team who brought you Tom the Outback Mailman. Sidney Kidman runs away from home at thirteen and travels to the outback on a one-eyed horse. He finds stray cows in the scrub, swims across rivers by hanging on to a bullock’s tail and dreams of having the biggest herd of cattle in Australia. Many years later, when the workers on Sid’s cattle station organise a giant rodeo for Sid’s birthday party the cattle from the bush take fright in the city. People panic and horses bolt. Can the Kidman stockmen save the day? King of the Outback tells the rags-to-riches story of one of Australia’s greatest pastoral pioneers.
Timothy has illustrated a number of children’s books, among them: Max Fatchen’s A Country Christmas and Fiona McIntosh’s Fantastica: Shapeshifter series. He is also known for his court sketching work for the Adelaide TV news networks.
Kristin writes popular non-fiction focused on Australian history. She is the author of the picture book Meet Banjo Paterson and the adult titles Rock Star: the Story of Reg Sprigg and the Australian bestseller, Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the Story of Tom Kruse.
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