Peter Mandel
Author

 

Peter Mandel is an adventure travel journalist and the author of nine children's books. Mandel's books have come out from HarperCollins, Penguin, Scholastic, Henry Holt, and Hyperion, among others, and have been featured in USA Today, and on ABC's "The Home Show." His titles 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, and have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish and Danish. Mandel's literary agent is Emilie Jacobson at Curtis Brown Ltd. in New York, and his work is syndicated through Featurewell.com. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Kathy, and cats, Sam and Betty. Mandel grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Middlebury College and Brown University.
  
Mandel's newest picture book for kids is BUN, ONION, BURGER, published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, and named a "Summer 2010 Children's INDIE NEXT PICK" by the American Booksellers Association. His other recent kids' books include PLANES AT THE AIRPORT and BOATS ON THE RIVER, both from Scholastic.  The Boston Globe calls them a great way to introduce the idea of travel in simple terms. The Dallas Morning News lauds the books for "informing and calming very young travelers" and School Library Journal says that "spare phrases combined with bold graphic illustrations will entice busy toddlers" and that "a singsong text suitable for reading aloud makes these titles entertaining choices." Other positive reviews of PLANES AT THE AIRPORT and BOATS ON THE RIVER have appeared in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
 
Another picture book, SAY HEY! A SONG OF WILLIE MAYS, came out from Hyperion Books for Children in March of 2001 and was named a Boston Globe "Quick Pick" for children, a Child magazine recommended title, a San Francisco Examiner "Bay City Best" and a featured book in USA Today's Sports Weekly. SAY HEY! is one of six titles selected for the newly published JUMP AT THE SUN TREASURY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PICTURE BOOKS and is featured in the "Baseball as America" exhibit curated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and currently at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
 
His chapter book for children is MY OCEAN LINER: ACROSS THE NORTH ATLANTIC ON THE GREAT SHIP NORMANDIE from Stemmer House, which Publishers Weekly called "a voyage in grand style" and which was featured on a special family sailing on Cunard's QE2. RED CAT, WHITE CAT, another children's book, came out in 1995 from Henry Holt & Co. and was an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists," a Kirkus Reviews "Best of the Issue," and a Working Mother magazine recommended book. In 1991, HarperCollins published his humorous book, THE OFFICIAL CAT I.Q. TEST. His more recent books include THE CAT DICTIONARY (Penguin) and THE OFFICIAL DOG I.Q. TEST (Bonus Books).  
 
A contributing author of the best-selling collection, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CAT & DOG LOVER'S SOUL, Mandel has published his articles and essays in Harper's, Reader's Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, Budget Travel and The Chicago Tribune, and is a regular contributor to the travel sections of The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and National Geographic ‘Kids.’ One of his Boston Globe articles won the 2005 Lowell Thomas gold award from the Society of American Travel Writers for adventure travel article of the year. Other articles, for The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, won Lowell Thomas Awards in 2003, 2006 and 2007. One of his essays is included in the new anthology of travel humor published by Travelers' Tales: "What Color is Your Jockstrap?" "Funny Men and Women Write from the Road."

 

Mandel has written op-eds for a variety of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, and The Christian Science Monitor. He's also a regular blogger and contributor to the travel and politics pages of The Huffington Post.




To check out an archive of Peter Mandel's most recent Huffington Post columns, or to add your comments, go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-mandel

 Published Books

NEW BOOK!

 Zoo Ah-Choooo by Peter Mandel (Author), Elwood Smith (Illustrator) Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Holiday House (February 20, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0823423174 ISBN-13: 978-0823423170 

Watch out! A giant ZOO AH-CHOOOO is headed your way! Funny sound effects and wacky illustrations make this a laugh-out-loud favorite.

Snow Leopard started it: Ah-choooo! Elephant passed it along: RRRrrr-eee-ahh-PHOOOO! Now twelve Seals are spreading it: Ka-Frrrooo OOOOOOOOMMMMM! A geyser bursts, a mud volcano erupts, and chaos reigns! The zookeeper tries his best to minimize the mayhem, but he can't keep up! Finally, he calls in the animal doctor. At last all is again quiet at the zoo until...was th
at a YAAAAWN?


 

JACKHAMMER SAM by Peter Mandel (author) David Catrow (illustrator), Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 40 pages, Publisher: Roaring Brook Press ISBN-10: 1596430346 ISBN-13: 978-1596430341 order.gif (1197 bytes) 94X32-W-LOGO.GIF (1338 bytes)
atta-RATTA-batta-blam!  

Jackhammer Sam isn't just any old construction worker—he's the sidewalk blasting man.  He stops traffic,splits the sidewalk, and digs right down to the subway, all the while singing his song:

Atta-RATTA-binga-bong.
Atta-RATTA-pinga-pong.

Lively illustrations by David Catrow portray a larger-than-life construction worker (and the bystanders who become caught up in his destruction) in hilarious detail as he choppa-chops his way through the city streets, outer space, and beyond in this fun and frenetic tribute to road workers of all kinds.

Editorial Reviews
“An endearing ode to an oft–grumbled-about profession.” --Kirkus Reviews

BUN,ONION, BURGER by Peter Mandel (author), Chris Eliopoulos (illustrator),  Reading level: Baby-Preschool Hardcover: 40 pages , Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children Publishing June, 2010.  ISBN-10: 1416924663
ISBN-13: 978-1416924661
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With no more than two words on each page, wildly colorful illustrations tell the story in this playful book about a family backyard barbeque and a spotted dog who only wants a burger. Dad and son prepare the juicy morsels of meat as the dog looks on, his anticipation (and drool) building each time a burger is served to a guest. And just when it seems the poor mutt is out of luck, a surprise ending leaves everyone satisfied. Readers will delight in the dog's suspense, and with fewer than forty-five words throughout the text, Bun, Onion, Burger makes a perfect read-aloud treat for toddlers.

  

 

PLANES at the AIRPORT 

by Peter Mandel (Author), Edward Miller (Illustrator) Reading level: Baby-Preschool Edition: Hardcover 8 pages ; Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Board edition (March 1, 2004)
 ISBN: 0439564166 
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At the airport there are in-the-gate planes. This one blinks its lights. On the tarmac there are full-of-freight planes. This one loads with mail. There are spinning prop planes, parachute drop planes, and barely heard planes. "And at the playground, there are rubber-band planes. This one is your plane."

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist   Busy and bright, these larger-than-average board books whir with vehicles in motion. Spare, rhyming words introduce each plane or boat, but the language is sometimes perplexing. Instead of using common names such as helicopter or submarine, Mandel uses phrases that describe what each vehicle does--"whirly-bird plane" and "go-below boats." The final spread in each book falls particularly flat, ending with a confusing reference: "This one is your [boat or plane]," accompanied by a picture of a toy children probably won't own. The illustrations more than make up for the over-reaching language, though. Using vivid, solid colors and simple geometric shapes reminiscent of Byron Barton's style, Miller creates exciting scenes of boats, planes, and passengers in action, while the uncluttered spreads and easily definable shapes invite counting practice for chubby-handed preschoolers. Pair these with Tana Hoban's Construction Zone (1997) for the Tonka Truck crowd. Gillian Engberg Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

 

 BOATS on the RIVER by Peter Mandel (Author), Edward Miller (Illustrator) Reading level: Baby-Preschool Edition: Hardcover,  8 pages; Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Board edition (March 1, 2004)
ISBN: 0439564158
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Editorial Reviews
 
From School Library Journal

Spare phrases combined with bold graphic illustrations will entice busy toddlers. Mandel uses adjectives to describe the vehicles instead of their proper names. For example, submarines are "go-below boats," helicopters are "whirly-bird planes," and sailboats are "circle-slow boats." The final spread in both titles incorporates a child's world by depicting boats floating in the bathtub and youngsters playing with toy planes in an open field. Miller's clear, flat artwork combined with a singsong text suitable for reading aloud make these titles entertaining choices for transportation enthusiasts.–Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 

From Booklist Busy and bright, these larger-than-average board books whir with vehicles in motion. Spare, rhyming words introduce each plane or boat, but the language is sometimes perplexing. Instead of using common names such as helicopter or submarine, Mandel uses phrases that describe what each vehicle does--"whirly-bird plane" and "go-below boats." The final spread in each book falls particularly flat, ending with a confusing reference: "This one is your [boat or plane]," accompanied by a picture of a toy children probably won't own. The illustrations more than make up for the over-reaching language, though. Using vivid, solid colors and simple geometric shapes reminiscent of Byron Barton's style, Miller creates exciting scenes of boats, planes, and passengers in action, while the uncluttered spreads and easily definable shapes invite counting practice for chubby-handed preschoolers. Pair these with Tana Hoban's Construction Zone (1997) for the Tonka Truck crowd. Gillian Engberg Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved 

 

  SAY HEY! by Peter Mandel, Don Tate (Illustrator), Reading level: Ages 4-8, Hardcover - 32 pages 1st edition (March 2000), Publisher: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion
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A Jazzy picture book about Willie Mays, one of baseball's immortal players. Known as the "Say Hey Kid," Willie Mays started off playing baseball in sandlots but grew up to become a baseball legend. When he joined the New York Giants, black players were still uncommon. But Willie Mays proved that baseball was just as much his sport as anyone's. His famous catches, amazing throwing arm, and record-setting home-run average propelled Mays to the top of the league, and then on the Baseball Hall of Fame. This rhyming, rhythmic text chronicles Mays incredible baseball career, and will appeal to baseball fans of all ages.


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist February 15, 2000 Hall of Fame centerfielder Willie Mays could do everything possible on a baseball field, and he did it all with a playground exuberance that is almost unimaginable in the modern era, when ballplayers discuss stock portfolios between innings. Mandel's sing-along text, using Mays' nickname, the Say Hey Kid, as the basis for its refrain, and Tate's computer-generated art effectively capture Mays' enthusiasm and irrepressible style. Bill Ott


From The Boston Globe In a joyful rhyming tribute to Mays, the text highlights his triumphs in baseball and depicts him as a strong role model for today's children. Bright, stylized illustrations convincingly project Mays's energy and enthusiasm.


My Ocean Liner : Across the North Atlantic on the Great Ship Normandie by Peter Mandel, Betsey MacDonald (Illustrator), John Maxtone-Graham (Introduction), Reading level: Ages 9-12, Hardcover - 48 pages (December 2000) Stemmer House Pub;
ISBN: 0880451491
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It was April, and the year was 1939. I was nine years old, and my mom and dad and I were leaving our home in Manhattan to visit England and France. In those days, few people traveled by airplane. They sailed across the Atlantic in huge ships called ocean liners. I couldn't stop thinking about it."
So begins this well-crafted chapter book recounting the adventures of the boy Paul, traveling from New York to France on the legendary ocean liner Normandie.
Unlike the tragic stories of the passengers on the ill-fated Titanic, this one is filled with the pleasures and novelties of life at sea, with friends made and several unexpected adventures for Paul to retell for the rest of his life. As he finishes his tale with nostalgia for that lost world, the reader will share his memories and know something of the look, feel and smell of the ship, and the excitement of being a passenger on the great ocean liner in its glory days.

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly. Part travelogue, part nostalgic ramble through the heyday of great ocean liners, this story shoehorns a fair amount of information into a simple chapter book about a five-day trip across the Atlantic. ...readers will know that this is a voyage in grand style. MacDonald's carefully researched water colors (at least one per spread) provide charming period window dressing, and the narrative offers an appealing glimpse of a bygone shipboard life.  

An Interview with Peter Mandel

 

Mandel is a contributor to Tim Leffel's new book on the challenges of today's travel journalism:
Travel Writing 2.0  EARNING MONEY FROM YOUR TRAVELS IN THE NEW MEDIA LANDSCAPE.
 
Click here to read a Q&A interview with Mandel that's just been posted on the book's website:  
http://travelwriting2.com/an-interview-with-peter-mandel/

 

SOME RECENT ARTICLES

 

 

 

The Washington Post
Hangzhou, China's tea-shaped capital where Longjing is king

By Peter Mandel 
Special to The Washington Post / June 20, 2010
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The Washington Post
On an excursion to Albania, it's just you and the antiquities
By Peter Mandel

Special to The Washington Post
 
Sunday, January 17, 2010

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By Peter Mandel
 
Globe Correspondent / June 14, 2009


The Boston Globe

Parisian pink, Arabic spice

The Boston Globe

 

"Making Merry: Customs Born Centuries Ago Endure and Thrive in Christmas Markets."
 

Peter Mandel, November 29, 2009 

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The Los Angeles Times

An American holiday outside Paris

by Peter Mandel,
Reporting from Saint-Avit-Sénieur, France
11:05 AM PDT, July 02, 2009

 

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The Washington Post

3 Jobs in 1:
For an Air Traffic Controller, It's a Routine Day

By Peter Mandel
 Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, April 12, 2009


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Coastal Living

"Walking New Hampshire: Follow Writer Peter Mandel as he Chronicles the Shortest Shoreline of any State." 

BY Peter Mandel,
Coastal Living,
July/August, 2009 

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The Chicago Tribune

Lisbon and Madrid: So close, yet worlds apart

by Peter Mandel,
The Chicago Tribune
, May 25, 2008

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"10 Coolest Small Towns: Yellow Springs, Ohio."

These towns all have fewer than 10,000 people—but they can rival larger cities when it comes to good food, culture, and quality of life.

By Peter Mandel, September 2008 issue

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The Washington Post

Farewell, Old Friends: A Fan Gets One Last Look At NYC's Storied Stadiums

by Peter Mandel, The Washington Post, June 1, 2008.

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The Boston Globe

Heritage, homecoming, and haggis : Across the Atlantic, memories meet DNA, and what ancestors left behind is seen fresh
by Peter Mandel,

The Boston Globe, November 30, 2008

The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Something in the Sand
By Peter Mandel, Special to the

Star Tribune September 19, 2008

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Presentations 

Peter Mandel makes school visits to elementary, middle, and high schools in all regions of the US and abroad. He's also a frequent speaker at libraries and to a wide range of writers' and community groups. He teaches an adult education seminar in Boston, MA, Washington, DC, and Providence, RI., called

"Write Your Children's Book (And Get It Published)."  

In addition to talking to kids about writing books and about writing as a career, Peter often speaks to adults who are interested in learning the ins and outs of the publishing world, and in breaking into print.

His school visit and speaking fees vary depending on the group, but normally range from $300 - $800 plus travel expenses.


Contact

Peter Mandel
239 Transit St.
Providence, RI 02906

Phone (401) 831-5227

Website http://www.petermandel.net

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