I don’t know if they have Groundhog Day in England.
Somehow, given the holiday’s roots in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, I doubt it.
Still, today seems like an appropriate day for this children’s book giveaway. After all, it’s not every day you read a book about a skiing marmot.
Monty Goes Skiing by Richard Liddle
Monty Goes Skiing is the first book by British ski instructor and author Richard Liddle.
A really cute picture book that combines illustrations with photos in a kid-friendly collage sort of way, Monty Goes Skiing is the story of a Monty (a marmot) and Mortimer (a young English boy on his first ski holiday).
Liddle’s goal is to introduce young skiers to the “wonderful world of skiing,” using phrases and terminology they will encounter in ski school.
In this book, young Mortimer learns the rudiments of what to wear, renting equipment (including a helmet!), sliding on snow, reading a ski map, and moving downhill in a pizza slice-shaped snowplow (or snowplough, in British English).
Practice is emphasized, but not at the expense of fun.
Even when Mortimer inevitably crashes, he’s not hurt, bounces back up and tries skiing again. He has so much fun that he earns his first “Marmot Award” before going home for tea and cake.
Monty Goes Skiing is not available in North America, except from me!
Yes, I have two copies of this book, signed by author Richard Liddle, for giveaway.
Richard was generous to donate them and I appreciate him sharing the first volume of what he plans to be a series.
To enter, please leave a comment related to 1) Marmots or 2) Skiing.
Two winners will be chosen randomly from all entries received on Thursday, February 6th.
To facilitate this post, I was given two signed copies of Monty Goes Skiing, by Richard Liddle, for giveaway. All opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
Other Fun Books for Snow Loving Kids:
- Snowmobile: Bombardier’s Dream Machine by Jules Older
- Snowmastadon! Snow Day Adventure by Amiee White Beazley
- Sonder the Snow Snake by Annie B. Fox
- Safely Ski From A to Z by Mary Stubbs Palmer
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Amelia and Melissa!
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