A Groundhog Day Children’s Ski Book Giveaway

monty goes skiing

Image courtesy Richard Liddle.

brave ski mom logoI 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). 

monty the marmot goes skiing

Image courtesy Richard Liddle.

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).

monty the marmot

Image courtesy Richard Liddle.

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.

Book Giveaway

Author Richard Liddle.

Author Richard Liddle.

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.

For a second entry, please “like” Brave Ski Mom on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. 

Two winners will be chosen randomly from all entries received on Thursday, February 6th.

Good luck!

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: 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Amelia and Melissa!

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  1. says

    Well, I love marmots and also skiing! Seriously I’d love to read this book to my daughter. I haven’t seen many skiing books other than one about ski hill heavy equipment (a la Thomas the Train)

    • says

      I love marmots too! They are so cheeky — and cute! And while I have to say I like ski hill heavy equipment (I’m the mom of boys), I can totally see why your daughter might prefer an adorable furry creature. Plus, the girl skiers in this book rock! Good luck!

  2. Melissa Worley says

    Roses are red
    Skiing is fun
    Marmots like tea and cake??
    So do I !! and so does my son. =)

  3. says

    I LOVE marmots. My fav. mountain animal hands down. I hear that they have been known to lick hikers’ legs before for the salt that comes from sweat I guess. This is my dream – to be licked by a marmot!

  4. Keara B. says

    This book looks awesome!! We took my two-year-old skiing for the first time last weekend, and there were moments of joy, and moments of tears. Anything I can do to show her the fun and joy in skiing (like reading about Monty) would be a big plus!

  5. says

    I am SOOOO excited our two little ones (aged 2 and 4) LOVE to ski and are actually successful! So rewarding! This book would be a great little boost too :)

  6. Roberto says

    Girls would love to read about Monty the marmot and Mortimer skiing adventures. Hopefully keep my youngest attention on art of skiing and not boy ski instructors.

  7. valerie says

    My granddaughter Aubrey just started skiing this year and learned about Groundhog day this year too. I would love to win this for her!!!!!