"Like New York itself, Sam is wonderful and overwhelming, rattling and mesmerizing." --Publishers Weekly
"Jackhammer Sam...lives in New York City, but any sidewalk will do for a child's imagination. 'ATTA-RATTA-TATTA-BAM / D'ya know who I am?' If a new Walt Whitman broke up sidewalks with a jackhammer, this is exactly what his
'Song of Myself' would be." --The Chicago Tribune
“Bouncy rhyming text, kinetic and colorful art, and a lively construction worker make for a peppy read with a tall-tale flair.” --Booklist
“With its ceaseless rhythm, the story begs to be read aloud, making this a useful book for community helpers, city, and noise themes.” --School Library Journal
“Construction equipment is always a popular topic for the preschool set, so a book about a jackhammer is sure to be a hit with this crowd.” --Horn Book
“An endearing ode to an oft–grumbled-about profession.” --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Peter Mandel grew up in Manhattan, where he watched neighborhood skyscrapers going up and checked out every jackhammer on the block. He now writes about jackhammers and a host of other things for children. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, David Catrow got pretty good at sneaking into construction sites and as a result, his initials and handprints appear on several blocks of Detroit sidewalk. Since then, he has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including his own Max Spaniel series. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.