Clancy of the Outback series
By Phil Kettle & Bob Andersen
Illustrated by Shane McGowan
Welcome to the Clancy of the Outback series.
Eleven-year-old Clancy has been thrust into life out woop-woop. These are the stories of his outback adventures at his uncle’s sheep station, Overflow Station.
In this book, we are introduced Brutus and Butters Clancy and Little Bill’s dogs. Clancy has a lot to learn, and Little Bill makes sure he begins to understand the rules of country living. She takes Clancy for a tour of the property in the old ute and when they are a distance away from the homestead, she lets Clancy take control of the vehicle. The result is disastrous when Clancy mistakes the accelerator for the brake. The ute is undriveable and so they must walk back to the homestead. Clancy is exhausted and goes to bed straight after dinner. He has a nightmare about being a racing car driver.
At the conclusion of this book there is an Outback Facts section on the Darling River, a Henry Lawson type poem about Clancy of the Overflow and a page of Outback Jokes.
Phil Kettle is an author and writer. He lives in Regional Victoria and spends his time writing books for children and visiting schools to talk about reading and writing. Co-author, Bob Anderson, spends his days in Melbourne, writing, publishing and developing online literacy programs for school students.
Shane McGowan is an award-winning illustrator and writer of picture books, and editorial and advertising illustration.
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