Milton the washing machine and W. P. (Whirlpool) the dryer are being delivered to a new home in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. The pair are excited to start their new jobs in the Crosby home, and are just getting settled in to the basement when "the kid" comes home from school. Sidney straps on a pair of Rollerblades, drags out a beat-up hockey net, and starts to practice. Every now and then a loud carrong echoes off W. P.'s shiny white enamel as the puck misses the net, prompting scolds from Sidney's mother upstairs.
Eventually, the poor dryer needs to be replaced; it's missing knobs and covered in dents. W. P. doesn't want to go, and it's up to Sidney to convince his dad that sometimes, being reminded of your mistakes is a good thing.
An imaginative interpretation of the history of Sidney Crosby's famous dryer (now a popular attraction at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame), paired with vibrant artwork from award-winning illustrator Brenda Jones, Sid the Kid and the Dryer will have young readers and sports fans cheering from the sidelines.
Lesley Choyce is the author of ninety-four books for adults, teens, and kids. He founded and runs Pottersfield Press, a small literary press in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, and teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University. He surfs year round in the North Atlantic.
Brenda Jones grew up in Prince Edward Island and moved to Montreal in her twenties, where she worked at the National Film Board and on many animated TV shows. She started illustrating picture books in the 1980s, and has since published over twenty titles, two of which won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. She lives in PEI.
"Sid the Kid and the Dryer is a heartwarming story with an encouraging message for young (and old) readers!" —Resource Links (Winnipeg, MB)
"Young children who are familiar with Sidney Crosby will love this book which shows that practise and determination can indeed lead to success." —Resource Links (Pouch Cove, NF)