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Meet Peter Mandel, Author of Jackhammer Sam and Zoo Achoo!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Children's Library (Ground Floor)

Join in the back-to-school fun at Providence Public Library and meet Rhode Island author Peter Mandel!  

Peter will share the perennial favorite, Jackhammer Sam, with youngsters and then introduce his newest book, Zoo Achoooo. Bring the family and join the fun! Peter Mandel is an adventure travel journalist and the author of eleven books for kids including the new Jackhammer Sam (Macmillan/Roaring Brook), 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," says The Chicago Tribune. Also new is Zoo Ah-Choooo (Holiday House), a PBS Reading Rainbow selection. "Lively pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoon illustrations join with the humorous text to tell the tale with panache," says School Library Journal.

"Gusty splatters and loud, boisterous sneezes can't lose," says Kirkus Reviews. Published two years ago, Bun, Onion, Burger (Simon & Schuster) was named a Summer 2010 Children's INDIE NEXT pick by the American Booksellers Association. Other titles include Planes at the Airport (Scholastic), Boats on the River (Scholastic), My Ocean Liner (Stemmer House) and Say Hey! A Song of Willie Mays (Hyperion). A regular contributor to the travel sections of The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, National Geographic Kids and The Huffington Post, Mandel often writes about the misadventures he's gotten stuck in--including experiencing a coup in Ecuador, trying to hike a suburban strip mall, suiting up as a theme park character, seeing America by metered cab, and kayaking to the Statue of Liberty. Originally from Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, Mandel lives in Providence these days with his wife, Kathy, and cats, Betty, Emily and Cecil. He's written essays and op-eds for Reader's Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal, and his books have been translated into Japanese, German, Chinese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish and Danish. Book Sale and signing to follow.

Discount parking available ($3/3 hours) at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage. Bring your ticket with you for stamping at the Circ Desk.

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