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Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee · Chronicle Books 2010

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One winter morning, Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee, head out bright and early to learn how to ski. But what begins as a pleasant day in the snow quickly goes downhill when a run-in with a curious moose sends them flying through the air and hanging a hundred feet above an abyss!

Excerpts from Reviews

“The pacing of both verse and shiny, retro illustrations excels, and Mr. Magee couldn’t hope to find a prettier landscape to fall down in.” ~ Kirkus

“The gouache illustrations are clean, crisp, and colorful. Various shades of blue, green, and purple nicely show the chill of the winter day. The rhyming text scans easily. Fans of Mr. Magee will feel at home with this one.” ~ School Library Journal

“The text is adrenalizing, the pictures even more so. A delightful winter read and pure fun for skiers, skiers-to-be, non-skiers and everyone in-between. Two mitten-clad thumbs up!”
~ The Children’s Book Review

Personal Notes

Originally I had an idea for a third Magee book that involved the circus coming to town and Mr. Magee getting stuck somewhere way up high. But when I showed it to a friend (who’s also a children’s author/illustrator) she thought it was too similar to “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee”. She suggested trying something totally different. “How about a winter story?” she said. That got me thinking about skiing and everything just fell into place. It had been seven years since the last Mr. Magee book and I was a little nervous about bringing the character back, but the reaction I’ve received so far has been overwhelmingly positive.