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Saygar the Magnificent

Narrated by: Rick Struve
Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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Join the adventures of Joseph and Saygar in this one-of-a-kind book!

When Joseph Mateo captures an ant in a soda bottle to bring as a show-and-tell project, he is shocked by the sudden appearance of a weird-looking kid in the classroom closet. This wasn’t some ordinary transfer kid - it was his ant from that morning, miraculously transformed into a human-sized ant! 

Joseph’s no-drama life is turned upside down as he takes on the challenging role as the ant’s protector. After finding clothes for the ant and naming him Saygar A. Hill, Joseph hides the ant in plain sight: in his classroom - room 106. 

He watches Saygar’s every move to make sure no one finds out his true identity, which is hard considering the two wriggling antennae coming out of his head, his voracious appetite, and sensitivity to dairy. Not to mention his teacher, Ms. Kelly, is deathly afraid of bugs (and keeps bug spray handy on her desk). 

Together, Joseph and Saygar tackle bullies, deal with an imaginary Madagascan hissing cockroach, and save the day at the annual Fall Olympics. You’ve never seen a duo like this before!

©2019 Elizabeth Jurado (P)2019 Elizabeth Jurado

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Cleverly told chapter book with a twist

Saygar the Magnificent is an original chapter book that upper grades in elementary schools thru early high school will enjoy through & through. The audiobook is a great way to hear how the author intended to have the characters like Joseph come to life with excellent narration. I was intrigued to find the author, Elizabeth Jurado, is from El Paso, Texas which gives the story some cultural beauty and value with Mexican fun words that make you appreciate her voice and experience to accompany a well done plot story. I can see this made into a cartoon come to life. Bravo for the books' Illustrations - the art in each chapter are also well done!

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Say it ant so...

Saygar the Magnificent by Elizabeth Jurado and narrated by Rick Struve is a fun one! Def recommend if you’re looking for something new for the kids or family. My 9 y.o. nephew loved it!

What’s it about? Joseph bring an ant to a show-and-tell and things take a turn for the worst when the ant turns into a life size real kid whom they call Saygar. Joseph has no idea why or how this happened, but he does know he needs to hide Saygar’s antennae so the others don’t find out. The story is a nice mix of humor, kid challenges, and life lessons. There’s a variety of characters who don’t always get along, but all come together in the end and work as a team. There is a glossary at the end to help further your knowledge if you are not familiar with the subjects. There are a couple phrases in Spanish which was a nice bonus.

The narrator, Rick Struve, did a great job. He brought the characters to life and voices were fun.


Overall, I recommend, especially if you’re looking for a fun, unique story.


“Always think before you promise anything,” my mother warned. “Once you make a promise, you do all you can to keep it. People have to believe in your world. So always remember, a promise is a promise.”


Parental guidance/trigger warnings: There is some bullying, but it is handled by the group of kids (they work together- I’ll leave it at that).


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  • Julia B
  • 01-08-20

Fun children’s story!

This is a fun story about an unlikely friendship. Joseph takes an ant into school for show and tell project but strange things happen when the ant turns into a boy!
Great narration and a charming story.

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  • linda Jones
  • 11-21-19

A beautifully narrated and written book.

This is a book that is going to stay with me for a very long time. 'Saygar the Magnificant' by Elizabeth Jurado is a beautifully written story for confident readers of 9 years and up.
I listened on Audible initially, but couldn't resist buying the kindle version. The characters are charming - funny, naughty, poignant. Everything you'd expect to find in a class full of youngsters. Saygar the ant's metamorphosis into a boy is wonderfully written. Is Saygar really EL CUCUY, LA LLORONA? You'll have to read it to find out...
On Audible, the narration by Rick Struve is some of the best I've heard - catching the idiosyncrasies of the US/Mexican/Spanish cultures without missing a step.
Highly recommended.

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  • annelise hetherington
  • 11-17-19

Unique book where an ant becomes a boy!!

Kids will love the humour and adventures in this unique storyline, a lot of fun!