They Call Me No Sam! (Hardcover)

They Call Me No Sam! By Drew Daywalt, Mike Lowery (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
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“This middle grade debut from Drew Daywalt will captivate and delight readers. Sam is an adorable pug who takes protecting his new family very seriously. Ultimately, Sam’s heart leads him in the right direction in this laugh out loud tale from a dog’s eye view.”
— Monie Henderson, Square Books, Oxford, MS


  • An Instant New York Times Bestseller
  • An Indie Next Pick
  • A "howlingly funny tale." —ALA Booklist (starred review)

From Drew Daywalt, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, and illustrator Mike Lowery comes a heavily illustrated, paper-over-board middle grade novel about Sam, a noble pug who will go to any lengths to protect his family from the bad guys!

Meet Sam: an insolent pug—and incidental hero—who will stop at nothing to protect his family!

When scientists Elaine and Gary Peterson adopt Sam to keep their son, Justin, company in the midst of a top-secret research project, they never imagine the precocious pup will cause more harm than good. But from chewing up Elaine’s hair dryer (the “brain-melting heat cannon”) to his inability to be house-trained (who could resist the “pooping rug”?), the Petersons aren’t sure how much more they can take. And that's before Sam starts harassing Justin’s crush (and potential new friend), Phoebe, who Sam is sure is an evil wizard out to harm Justin.

But when a pair of crooks encroaches on the Peterson household in an attempt to steal their confidential findings, Sam’s actions—never mind his reasoning for them—just may save the day.

About the Author

Drew Daywalt is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, among many other titles. He lives in Los Angeles with his family and his dog, Sam.

Mike Lowery is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has worked on more than eighty books for children and adults. He’s also the author of many books, including Random Illustrated Facts and the Everything Awesome series. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his family.

Praise For…

"This howlingly funny tale propels its doggy narrator through challenges ranging from explosions and dognapping to actually making friends with cats on the way to a well-earned name change: 'Good boy, Sam.' " — Booklist (starred review)

"The chaotic canine narrator here will surely engage even the most reluctant readers. Fans of the Wimpy Kid book series or Dogman will find this to be right up their alley. " — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Silly, swift, and a surefire success." — Kirkus Reviews

"Sam’s diary entries—written in arch first-pooch prose by Daywalt (The Wrong Book) and accompanied by slapstick b&w comics and spot illustrations by Lowery (Pizza Shark)—craft a humorously tender look at the daily life of a pup whose bark is worse than his bite, but whose determination to protect and love his family is fiercer than any threat. " — Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358612902
ISBN-10: 035861290X
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English