Free School author visits

A newfydoof in class

We visit schools free of charge to read the books, carry out assemblies and talk to children about being an author.

Monty or Cookie will attend the school and let the children meet a Newfoundland and the stars of the books. There is always plenty of time for questions and a newfy cuddle for anyone who'd like one.

School visits can be anywhere in the UK, but if we are travelling a distance we would try to cluster two or three schools in one local area and any help with that is much appreciated.

Any children wishing to purchase a signed, dedicated and Pawtagraphed book are able to either on the day or we can return the following week if distance not an obstacle. We discount the book by £1 for schools and children are welcome to get their picture taken with Monty or Cookie.

We have a school pack that includes a poster of Monty and can be edited to include the date of the visit plus a copy of the insurance policy. These can be downloaded below.

For more info just email

School email

Pandacow order form

Slobbernosserus order form

School poster

4 book order form

Public liability 

Mark and Monty kindly made a trip to the SEN Unit based at our Comprehensive School. The pupils really enjoyed ‘I’m not a Panda Cow’ and were thrilled to meet Monty - star of the book.  It was a tremendous opportunity for the pupils to meet an author, and to actually meet ‘a character’ really brought the book to life.
Many thanks to Mark and Monty for their patience and time , it was greatly appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and staff.

Thank you so much. Much appreciated
Sam Price - Ysgol Penglais Aberystwyth 

I work in a village school in Cumbria. As a small school, the costs of bringing in authors can be expensive. When I met Mark and Monty at an event last year, I was amazed to learn there was no additional costs for the school! I was so excited to invite Mark and Monty to our setting. I could see straight away it promoted the children’s writing opportunities.  After his second visit with Cookie it was evident that Mark had inspired the reluctant writers to put pen to paper and have a go! They wrote their own books linked to two main characters Monty and Cookie!
Bringing Mark,
Monty and Cookie into school has transformed the children’s attitudes of reading and writing! I highly recommend his visits to any setting. I can’t wait for him to visit us again with his third book!


Melanie Cruickshank,
Class teacher and literacy coordinator

Monty and Mark visited our school in March all children from Nursery to Year 6 got to have the story of I’m not a Pandacow read to them and then got chance to ask questions and make a fuss of Monty. All the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the visit and can’t wait for the next one. Children still talk about Monty now and we had some many parents thank us for inspiring their children to read books and to be authors just from them meeting a real author.  Monty was so well behaved and a credit to Mark.  I think the visit is summoned up by what a parent wrote on our Facebook page.
‘Amelia has not stopped talking about Monty and cockeyed spangles! She had a lovely assembly and it’s great to see the school engaging in such lovely visits from authors and much more to inspire the children’

Lisa Woodward - Villiers Primary School Bilston 


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