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Jackhammer Sam

Jackhammer Sam

Peter Mandel, illustrated by David Catrow

Roaring Brook Press



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.

Praise for Jackhammer Sam

“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

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of JACKHAMMER SAM . "ATTA-RATTA-BATTA-BLAM." - Kirkus Reviews

Peter Mandel, illustrated by David Catrow

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.

Roaring Brook Press

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