Books by Peter Mandel

ZOO AH-CHOOOO by Peter Mandel
Released: March 1, 2012

"Break out the earplugs, not the tissues, for this ah-choo-filled read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There's an outbreak at the zoo! (Of germs, that is.) Read full book review >
JACKHAMMER SAM by Peter Mandel
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"An endearing ode to an oft-grumbled-about profession. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"ATTA-RATTA-BATTA-BLAM." Read full book review >
BUN, ONION, BURGER by Peter Mandel
Released: June 8, 2010

A disappointingly ho-hum salute to that summertime classic, the hamburger. Sparse rhyming text spotlights a backyard barbeque shared by exuberant family and friends. "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. Eliopoulos's busy illustrations are filled with the greens, reds and browns that epitomize barbeques, but his blocky, Hanna-Barbera-aesthetic characters are regrettably wooden. In addition, the text and pictures do not always jibe well—"Raw, rare, medium" all describe the states of the burgers, but then a turn of the page for "well-done" shows the family hoisting glasses of lemonade. On full spreads, the few scattered words of text occasionally get lost. The enthusiasm and expression of the black-and-white dog just may keep readers interested…if they can get past the fact that his spotted eye keeps shifting from one side of his face to the other. Skip this—buy burgers and fixings instead. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
RED CAT, WHITE CAT by Peter Mandel
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

In keeping with Bill Martin Jr.'s worldview (the book is published under his imprint) that the imagination is unlocked through the sheer joy of language and further fired by strong imagery, Mandel (The Official Cat I.Q. Test, not reviewed) has written a simple, playful text—much like Martin's work, with two words per page and the couplets rhyming on every other page—to accompany Mackie's cats. The activities, gestures, and behavior of the cats illustrate the ideas of opposites and distinctions: hot/cold, up/down, day/night, red/white. Most of the images are very successful, although a couple—shy/bold, farm/town—are placed in a slightly obscure context. Mackie knows how to draw the eye right where she wants it on the page through bold, uncluttered painting. Her cats are utterly appealing but maintain an edginess: The darkly shadowed eyes and Cheshire grins suggest a none-too-distant lunacy. Snappy and humorous, encouraging of many return visits. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >