Peter Mandel

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Peter Mandel (born 1957) is an American author of children’s books, [1] a journalist, [2] and essayist. [3] His books include Jackhammer Sam, illustrated by David Catrow (Macmillan/Roaring Brook, 2011); Bun, Onion, Burger, illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos (Simon & Schuster, 2010); and Say Hey! A Song of Willie Mays, illustrated by Don Tate (Hyperion/ Jump at the Sun, 2000). A contributor to the travel sections of The Washington Post, [4] The Boston Globe [5] and The Huffington Post, [6] one of his Boston Globe articles won a gold Lowell Thomas award from The Society of American Travel Writers in 2005 for adventure travel article of the year. [5] Mandel’s essays for The Wall Street Journal [7] and other newspapers examine technology and contemporary trends. [8] Son of Paul Mandel, a novelist and Life Magazine editor, [9] Mandel grew up in Manhattan, [10] graduating from Middlebury College and Brown University. [11] He lives now in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Kathryn Byrd Mandel.

Works

An author of picture books for young children, Mandel’s texts tend to be simple ones with only a few rhyming or rhythmic phrases per page. [12] Zoo Ah-Choooo, illustrated by Elwood Smith (Holiday House, 2012) fits this template, adding exaggerated animal sounds into the mix. "Gusty splatters and loud, boisterous sneezes can't lose with the preschool set,” said Kirkus Reviews. [13] His picture book, Jackhammer Sam (Macmillan/Roaring Brook, 2011), picks up on the sound of a pneumatic drill, something Mandel recalls from growing up in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. [14] "If a new Walt Whitman broke up sidewalks with a jackhammer, this is exactly what his 'Song of Myself' would be," said Mary Harris Russell in her review for The Chicago Tribune. [15] Mandel’s Bun, Onion, Burger (Simon & Schuster, 2010) was named a Summer 2010 Children's Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association, [16] and the equally simple Red Cat White Cat, illustrated by Clare Mackie (Henry Holt, 1994), was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and received a starred review in Kirkus. [12] Say Hey! A Song of Willie Mays (Hyperion/ Jump at the Sun, 2000) was selected for The Jump at the Sun Treasury: An African American Picture Book Collection (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2001) [17] and was included in the Baseball As America exhibit curated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as an example of baseball in popular culture. [18] One of the early titles for young children about African-American baseball players from the 1960s, Say Hey! was followed by several picture books including Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way by Peter Golenbock (Harcourt, 2001) and Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter (Atheneum, 2008). [19]

Books Written by Peter Mandel

  • Zoo Ah-Choooo, illustrated by Elwood Smith (Holiday House, 2012). ISBN 0823423174, ISBN 978-0823423170
  • Jackhammer Sam, illustrated by David Catrow (Macmillan/Roaring Brook, 2011). ISBN 1596430346, ISBN 978-1596430341
  • Bun, Onion, Burger, illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos (Simon & Schuster, 2010). ISBN 1416924663, ISBN 978-1416924661
  • Planes at the Airport, illustrated by Edward Miller (Scholastic/Cartwheel, 2004). ISBN 0439564166, ISBN 978-0439564168
  • Boats on the River, illustrated by Edward Miller (Scholastic/Cartwheel, 2004). ISBN 0439564158, ISBN 978-0439564151
  • The Jump at the Sun Treasury: An African American Picture Book Collection (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2001). ISBN 0786807547, ISBN 978-0786807543
  • Say Hey! A Song of Willie Mays, illustrated by Don Tate (Hyperion/ Jump at the Sun, 2000). ISBN 0786804807, ISBN 978-0786804801
  • My Ocean Liner: Across the North Atlantic on the Great Ship Normandie, illustrated by Betsey MacDonald (Stemmer House, 2000). ISBN 0880451491, ISBN 978-0880451499
  • Red Cat White Cat, illustrated by Clare Mackie (Henry Holt, 1994). ISBN 080502929X, ISBN 978-0805029291
  • The Cat Dictionary, illustrated by Annette Busse (Penguin, 1994). ISBN 0140246614, ISBN 978-0140246612
  • The Official Cat I.Q. Test, illustrated by June Otani (HarperCollins, 1991). ISBN 0060965924, ISBN 978-0060965921

References

  • 14. Citation of Jackhammer Sam by Peter Mandel, Page 117, Literature and the Child-8th Edition by Lee Galda, Lawrence R. Sipe, Lauren A. Liang, Bernice E. Cullinan (Wadsworth Publishing, 2013), ISBN 113360207X, ISBN 978-1133602071. ; Interview with Peter Mandel re: Jackhammer Sam, Macmillan Children's Publishing blog: http://mackids.squarespace.com/mackidssquarespacecom/tag/jackhammer-sam
  • 17. The Jump at the Sun Treasury: An African American Picture Book Collection (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, 2001). ISBN 0786807547, ISBN 978-0786807543.
  • 19. Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way by Peter Golenbock (Harcourt Children's Books, 2001).ISBN 0152020934, ISBN 978-0152020934. ; Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008). ISBN 1416950826, ISBN 978-1416950820.

External links

  1. [1].