Release Date: Oct 1, 2017. Buy it today!
"Illustrated throughout by Semegran, this book is the author's best. In these pages, his steadfastly idiosyncratic style really begins to click. An unconventional, beguiling, and endearing family tale." — Kirkus Reviews
From Kindle bestselling writer and cartoonist Scott Semegran, Sammie & Budgie is a quirky, mystical tale of a self-doubting IT nerd and his young son, who possesses the gift of foresight. The boy's special ability propels his family on a road trip to visit his ailing grandfather, a prickly man who left an indelible stamp on the father and son. The three are connected through more than genetics, their lives intertwined through dreams, imagination, and longing.
Simon works as a network administrator for a state government agency, a consolation after a promising career as a novelist flounders. He finds himself a single parent of two small children following the mysterious death of his adulterous wife. From the ashes of his failed marriage emerges a tight-knit family of three: a creative, special needs son, a hyperactive, butt-kicking daughter, and the caring, sensitive father. But when his son's special ability reveals itself, Simon struggles to keep his little family together in the face of adversity and uncertainty.
Sammie is a creative third-grader that draws adventures in his sketchbook with his imaginary friend, Budgie, a parakeet that protects him from the monsters inhabiting his dreams. Sammie is also a special needs child but is special in more ways than one. He can see the future. Sammie seemingly can predict events both mundane and catastrophic in equal measure. But when he envisions the suffering of his grandfather, the family embarks on a road trip to San Antonio with the nanny to visit the ailing patriarch.
Sammie & Budgie is an illustrated novel brought to you from the quirky mind of writer and cartoonist Scott Semegran. The novel explores the bond between a caring father and his children, one affected by his own thorny relationship with his surly father, and the connection he has with his sweet son is thicker than blood, going to the place where dreams are conceived and realized.
"Though Simon's love for his children shines through as one of the novel's biggest strengths, its illustrations are perhaps the best part. Expressive, adorable, and adding a fun surprise, they are a welcome addition to the reading experience." — Indie Reader
"The novel's delights abound... Semegran is a gifted writer, with a wry sense of humor. Poignant, yet never maudlin, this novel will appeal to literary-minded readers and fans of magical realism." — BlueInk Review. Starred Review.
"More than a story of a gifted child learning to hone his talents, Sammie and Budgie is an exposé on the inner lives of children and their parents. The writing quality is excellent and the dialogue between Simon and Sammie is immersive." — Foreword Clarion Reviews. Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Praise for Sammie & Budgie:
"A quirky, mystical tale of a self-doubting IT nerd and his young son, who possesses the gift of foresight. Engaging and fun, with wonderfully crafted characters." — Derf Backderf, award-winning and bestselling creator of the graphic novel My Friend Dahmer
"Sammie & Budgie is instantly absorbing, its affable narrator hooking you with wit and whimsy, then reeling you into the boat, where larger revelations await. Scott Semegran is a lively, vivid storyteller, and this book will delight readers of all ages, while leaving them with plenty to ponder about their own lives. I loved this book!" — Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart is an Idiot, creator of Found Magazine, and contributor to public radio's This American Life
"Scott Semegran’s loose charm and conversational style brings his shaggy narrator to vivid life in this story of a loving, if imperfect father and his maybe-psychic son. A sweet story about an extraordinary everyday family, Sammie & Budgie will find its way into your heart, and stay there." — Emily Flake, New Yorker cartoonist, author of Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting, and creator of Lulu Eightball
"Through Semegran's tongue-in-cheek writing, we get to step inside a wacky world where each chapter is an adventure and we're led to see just where Sammie’s vision will propel us." — Mary Bryan Stafford, award-winning author of A Wasp in the Fig Tree
"A feel good story that captures the extraordinary love between a parent and child. This particular father nurtures the uniqueness of his son emulating the bond usually held between a mother and child. Together they capture the hearts of the chosen few who become intertwined in the life of Sammie's world. A reality-based fairy tale both entertaining and inspirational." — Bessie David, author of the novel On a Pedestal
"Sammie & Budgie is a heartfelt novel about a Daddy's love for his family. The reactions to Sammie's special gift are balanced on the dual edge of pride in Sammie's gift and fear that educators might view the gift differently. I was caught up with the honest exchanges between Sammie and his Daddy. There is a level of fun in relating the everyday activities of the children of a single parent home. This story will tug at your heartstrings." — Rox Burkey, co-author of The Enigma Series
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Copyright: © 2017 Scott Semegran
Edition: First Edition
Printed: 290 pages, 6" x 9", perfect binding, cream paper, black and white ink, full-color cover with matte finish
Publisher: Mutt Press
Category: Fiction / Literary