It all starts with a school essay.When twelve year old Gratuity Tip Tucci is assigned to write five pages on The True Meaning of Smekday for the National Time Capsule contest, she s not sure where to begin When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spIt all starts with a school essay.When twelve year old Gratuity Tip Tucci is assigned to write five pages on The True Meaning of Smekday for the National Time Capsule contest, she s not sure where to begin When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens called Boov abducted her mother Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it Smekland in honor of glorious Captain Smek , and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod In any case, Gratuity s story is much, much bigger than the assignment It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo a futile journey south to find Gratuity s mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom a cross country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.Fully illustrated with photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this is a hilarious, perceptive, genre bending novel by a remarkable new talent the planet from a really big catastrophe.
The True Meaning of Smekday It all starts with a school essay When twelve year old Gratuity Tip Tucci is assigned to write five pages on The True Meaning of Smekday for the National Time Capsule contest she s not sure where to
Before reading Adam Rex s delicious banquet of pop culture skewers dipped in saucy social commentary and served alongside a heaping helping of warm, filling comfort food, the phrase I love J.LO had NEVER been part of my working vocabulary Well folks burp I love J.LO Now, I m not referring to Ms Diva from the Block junky trunk , but rather the sweetest, charmingest, most Booviful Boov ever to invade Earth in search of oranges and urinal cakes Smekday is definitely a feel gooder with smarts The st [...]
If someone had told me that there s a book about an alien invasion, featuring a girl on the run from the internment of humans in camps while she searches for her abducted mother, and it s funny, and it s for kids, I think that I would have called shenanigans But, that s exactly what this book is Thank goodness I had no idea what this was about before I started, or I may not have given it a chance Now that I ve read it, I just want to push it off on everyone I know.Gratuity Tip Tucci is only 11 , [...]
4.5 5 stars This book was such a hoot No, I didn t see the movie I ve been meaning to read this book for ages, and when I stumbled across the audiobook narrated by Bahni Turpin I m a big fan of her work , well, it was a no brainer Bahni Turpin does a wonderful job voicing Gratuity Tip Tucci, really giving me a great sense of the character s humour, determination, integrity and love As far as J.Lo was concerned, once I got over my initial surprise over his odd sentence construction and accent, I [...]
Pretty much my favorite children s book of the past few years, and one of my favorite books overall It has such a sense of gamboling fun, even with the aliens are busy herding up humanity and shunting them off to states that they themselves don t particularly like J Lo, the alien character is charming, and I wish he could be my own friend Rex put a lot of emotion into that lovable squat fireplug, and my only J Lo related dismay is that while readers of this book might know that J Lo named himsel [...]
The critics have spoken This is the bestest book in the whole widest world Felix, The Other New York Review of Books Two thumbs up Way up or this one Roger Fleabert Gene Whiskel, At the LibrariesI leave it to the reader of this review to go and find out why the cat world raves about this book, and I ll leave it to Steve s and Ceridwen s reviews to clinch the intention to read this funny, touching and intelligent book.For my part, I m going to send this off to my nieces ASAP as soon as I can pry [...]
The Boov jumped off his antler spool and went back inside the MoPo I think I m going to memorize this line And next time someone asks me a question I don t want to answer, I m gonna hit em with the Boov Smekday is funny, silly, and entertaining Gratuity Tip is a terrific heroine, spunky and anxious and bold But my favorite character was J.Lo Who knew Boov could be so big hearted Plus, who knew urinal cakes were apparently so delicious Although it s a bit long for a read aloud, I can t help but t [...]
I got this book at one of my favorite bookstores of all time A small, charming little shop in Redlands, CA called The Frugal Frigate I don t live there any, but back in 2008 my mom and I were in town and I stopped by the store for old time s sake.The store had since been bought out by an older couple, but they had maintained its comfortable, cozy charm Nothing had changed since I d last visited, and that meant to me than anything in the world I d be heartbroken if anything was different.The new [...]
If I had to describe this book in a word, I d call it a romp It s fun, it s funny, it s a fast paced adventure And it s very clever Too clever, in fact one gets the impression that the author is very impressed with himself, and cracks himself up with how witty and clever he can be Somewhere on GoodReads, I saw a description of a book don t recall which one as it s like a friend s little brother he s really funny and entertaining for a little while, and then you want him to go away That s an exce [...]
This is one of the funniest, constantly entertaining books I ve read in a long time, kids book or otherwise The narrator is a brilliantly sarcastic young girl, the alien J Lo is a riot, and the premise never gets tired I kept waiting for some sappy kids book ending to mar the climax, but it never got bad I m going to buy a copy to own, just so I can re read it to Mulzer again.
As a reader, there s a certain type of book I dream about one that somehow manages to be smart and funny and meaningful Adam Rex s The True Meaning of Smekday is wonder of wonders just such a book Don t feel bad if you ve never heard of it, however, because it also happens to be a kids book But it s one that can be appreciated just as easily by adults, who are just as likely to enjoy the novel s fantastic narrative voice and sharp sense of humor, and may get even out of Smekday s central metaph [...]
In the wreckage of America post alien invasion, an eleven year old girl sets off on an epic road trip with one of the invaders and a catG OMG OMG my feels, I can t This is hilarious and sad and wonderful and quirky I giggled, I sniffled, I gasped I got my feels everywhere, which doesn t happen for just any old book.Basically, if you are a sucker for very brave, very angry little girls if two people tentatively reaching out from opposite sides of a war and a language barrier and a lot of rage to [...]
Oh my word I need to have children so I can read this to them Who wants to make some reading ready children with me Stephanie Stephanie
A marvelous and very funny science fiction comedy in which eleven year old Gratuity Tip Tucci tells the story of how Earth was colonized by aliens, and she ended up traveling cross country in search of her mother in a flying car called Slushious, in the company of a conflicted alien named J Lo.This book has all sorts of elements which I normally hate, from cutesy pop culture references to heavy handed messages colonialism is bad to mocking Disneyland easy target Amazingly, I loved it anyway It s [...]
Most everyone thinks of Smekday as the day the Boov arrived, and as the day they left, one year later But the longer they ve been gone, the less I care about that The Boov weren t anything special They were just people They were too smart and too stupid to be anything else This is the best, funniest allegory for Manifest Destiny, colonialism, and privilege that you will ever, ever read Yes, there are cartoons Yes, there is an entire page that is only the word meow repeated Yes, the allegory is s [...]
It took me a bit to get into this one, but perhaps that was because I picked it up 100% convinced it was going to be my new favorite book in the world before I read a single character As soon as J.Lo appeared I was HOOKED His Balki an charm, urinal cake eating habits, and hysterical integrated The History of the Boov mini comics won me over in no time I ve been a fan of Rex s picture books for years with a lovely collection of signed books on my shelf, each one received while I was red faced and [...]
Solicit este libro para rese a porque y sonar un poco superfluo me encant la portada, lo cual me hizo leer la sinopsis y desear leerlo Lo inici y me estaba encantando as que fui al cine a ver Home, la pel cula y la am , re y casi llor y me la viv intentando hablar como el Buv D Lo s , es raro, a mi edad, pero me encant como no se imaginan, de modo que tom el libro de nuevo y lo termin rapid simo Y saben qu La pel cula y el libro son completamente diferentes Empecemos con Tipolina Tucci, quien es [...]
It s been a year since the aliens left, and the National Time Capsule committee is collecting essays on The True Meaning of Smekday, one of which will be chosen to go into the capsule and unearthed in one year What aliens What is Smekday We re about to find out, through the essay of then 11 year old Gratuity Tucci, who lived through the invasion The True Meaning of Smekday has been described as truly wonderful and snappy I was really hoping for a story like that, but I try to keep my expectation [...]
This book is actually a very very long essay written by Middle School student Gratuity Tucci for a contest, the winning essay of which will be placed in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years in 2113 In it, Gratuity Tip to her friends describes the invasion of the Boov and the subsequent relocation of all humans to Florida and then to Arizona, as the Boov decide they want Florida for themselves Tip s mother was taken by the aliens early on, and so 12 year old Tip takes her cat and drives yes, [...]
Review originally posted on LiveJournal, 2007 08 09 I loved this book SO MUCH I can hardly find words to tell you An 11 year old girl named Gratuity, her cat Pig, and an utterly adorable alien who answers to J.Lo end up taking a road trip across the southern USA in a souped up hovercar to find Gratuity s missing mother and incidentally maybe save the world this is a book full of quirky delights and unexpected depths, not to mention some pretty incisive social commentary albeit deftly handled and [...]
This is a delightful book one that manages to not only be engaging and funny, but also smart How many young adult books are there that are really biting, clever satires on the colonisation of foreign cultures, race and ethnicity which aren t Books With a Moral Same goes for adult books, I suppose Set in 2013, it follows eleven year old Gratuity Tucci, her cat Pig and a renegade alien called J.Lo who set off across America in an attempt to save the world from the alien Boov, and from another, eve [...]
Oh, Smekday, my forever girl I love this book I adore it I m always an obnoxious book proselytizer mention a book and watch me rec forever , but this book cranked me up to 11 I forced people to read it I bought a copy for a bed bound friend I read this out loud to my Best Beloved I LOVE THIS BOOK I love Tip, I love the alien races, I love the humor, I love the edges hidden inside the humor I love all the characters, particularly J.Lo, hapless alien repairperson and brave friend to Tip I love the [...]
yourhappinesslife El libro es muy gracioso, tiene momentos de lo m s surrealista y extra os, adem s Buv es una monada y su forma de hablar junto con sus ocurrencias y errores me hac an re r mucho.El final me ha sorprendido, sobretodo la vi eta, este autor tiene un toque nico Asique lo recomiendo mucho.Una aventura llena de momentos graciosos y una gran compa a Acompa a a estos peculiares personajes en su lucha contra los otros extraterrestres invasores.
I am for reals on an audiobook roll The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex narrated by Bahni Turpin is one of the most hilarious, heartfelt, and engaging audiobooks that I ve had the pleasure to listen to Seriously, if you aren t sure about audiobooks, introduce your ears to The True Meaning Of Smekday.Read the rest of my review here
Brilliantly hilarious, moving, clever, exciting, witty, surprising I ve run out of adjectives A superb book Read it immediately, if you haven t already It has teleporters in it too, as an added bonus.
So get this This is a book about colonization and cultural appropriation that predominantly features People of Colour as the main characters.IKR Wuuuuuuuut.Rex is a genius He s pulled from historical and current day examples of colonialism and violent takeovers and just imported them into an alien invasion You re reading along thinking WTF, they can t give us Florida and pretend it s a huge gift, it was ours to begin with and we won t all There are a couple of things that happened in the book th [...]
I love this book Here s the deal the Boov invade earth The tell humans that they all have to move to certain parts of Earth so that the Boov can have the rest Americans get to move to Florida and they sign treaties to show they re serious about their promises Only they end up liking Florida, so all the Americans have to move to Arizona The Boov reckon humans can have that forever Maybe A children s book with an allegory for the colonization of Native lands Be still my heart Amid all this chaos i [...]
I truthfully loved this book It only took me two days to read this novel I could not put it down I would recommend this book for readers age ten through fifteen The genre of this book is science fiction, but is unlike other novels that have futuristic machines and laser guns Adam Rex illustrates and writes this book amazingly He included comics and pictures that really gave the books a new perspective and depth The only disappointment with Smekday was the story line was hard to follow The author [...]
Fun and tasty Like eating popcorn, and now and then crunching on something hard, not cracking teeth hard, but stop and make you think hard This is my favorite road trip with aliens adventure and I ve read a few If you were about to pick up Going Bovine, put that honker down gently, it s heavy and read this instead This also gets an A for consistent and amusing fictional dialect, a winner for language buffs and fans of The Phantom Tollbooth And congrats to you for the Iowa Children s Choice Award [...]
Gratuity Tip Tucci has been assigned to write an essay called, The True Meaning of Smekday, with the winning essay to be placed in a time capsule What is Smekday That is the day the aliens called Boovs arrived and renamed Christmas after their leader, Smek That was also the night Tip s mother was abducted by the Boov Tip writes about how, 6 months after the first Smekday, all humans were asked to relocate to Florida Being 11 years old and alone except for her cat Pig , Tip decides to drive to Fl [...]
When I think about this book, I keep coming back to the word originality It s hard to define It s difficult to put this book in a box It stars a twelve year old, but the humor is way above elementary level It s an episodic road trip book about an alien invasion and the nature of family There is satire and there is slapstick There is so much going on in this book I love that Adam Rex made the whole package The illustrations, the text, even the dang cover I love the theme of chosen family here Gra [...]