BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Peter's children's books are published by Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Henry Holt, Hyperion and Holiday House, and have been part of exhibits at the Museum of Natural History in New York, at the Smithsonian, and at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. An author whose work has been translated into Japanese, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish and Danish, Peter is always happy to personally sign and inscribe his books for gifts or keepsakes. Check out his latest or buy a copy here:
ZOO AH-CHOOOO (ages 3-8; illustrated by Elwood Smith) is published by Holiday House and was just named a PBS Reading Rainbow selection. "Lively pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoon illustrations join with the humorous text to tell the tale with panache," said School Library Journal. "Gusty splatters and loud, boisterous sneezes can't lose," said Kirkus Reviews. "Mandel's euphonious text is a pleasure to read aloud," said The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, "and it would be easy to encourage audiences to participate by echoing each animal's unique sneeze."
JACKHAMMER SAM (ages 4-9; illustrated by David Catrow) is published by Macmillan/Roaring Brook and was called "wonderful and overwhelming, rattling and mesmerizing" by Publishers Weekly. "If a new Walt Whitman broke up sidewalks with a jackhammer, this is exactly what his 'Song of Myself' would be," said The Chicago Tribune. “Construction equipment is always a popular topic for the preschool set," said Horn Book, "so a book about a jackhammer is sure to be a hit with this crowd ... Sam is larger than life in every sense."
Bun, Onion, Burger
BUN, ONION, BURGER (ages 2-6; illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos) is published by Simon & Schuster and was named a Summer 2010 Children's Indie Next pick by The American Booksellers Association. "A backyard barbeque shared by exuberant family and friends," said Kirkus Reviews. "'Mustard . . / pickle . . / mushroom . . / swiss cheese. // Slowly . . / pouring . . / ketchup . . / Say please!' Salty French fries and cold lemonade complete the meal. Throughout, the family's canine closely follows the action, hoping for a burger of his own."
My Ocean Liner
MY OCEAN LINER: ACROSS THE NORTH ATLANTIC ON THE GREAT SHIP NORMANDIE (ages 8-12; illustrated by Betsey MacDonald) is published by Stemmer House, has an introduction by John Maxtone-Graham, and was featured on a special family sailing of Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2. "Part travelogue, part nostalgic ramble through the heyday of great ocean liners," said Publishers Weekly, "this story shoehorns a fair amount of information into a simple chapter book about a five-day trip across the Atlantic. It's April 1939, and nine-year-old Paul and his parents set off from Manhattan to France and England aboard the Normandie, the queen of the famous French Line. From the family's well-appointed cabin ... to the elegant dining room and the pampering by their steward and stewardess, readers will know that this is a voyage in grand style."