The true meaning of Smekday

by Rex, Adam.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 11 of 12 copies
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Summary
Gratuity Tucci (call her Tip)&   gets a fairly early start behind the wheel.&   She's 11--and she's good if you want to know.&   &   Plus, laws don't matter too much&   these days, and Tip is desperate to find her mom who was abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (technically Smekday Eve since the Boov&   invasion).&   So while the rest of the American population gets shipped via rocketpod to Florida--the proposed new United State of America--Tip heads south in&   the family car to search for her mother. &   On the way, &   she meets a solitary Boov mechanic named J. Lo.&   He's unarmed, and he can fix her battered car (make it fly), so she agrees to give him a ride, which leads to two&   alarming discoveries.&   One is that J.Lo turns out to be not so bad.&   &   The other&   is that J.Lo is #1 on the Boov's most wanted list for making the hugest mistake in the history of Smekland (or earth depending on your point of view).&   Now Tip and her many-legged friend are the only ones who can save the planet from a really big catastrophe. &   &  
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Eleven-year-old Gratuity Tucci is assigned to write an essay, The True Meaning of Smekday, explaining the significance of the day that the alien Boov, led by Captain Smek, took over Earth. Gratuity describes her journey across an occupied U.S. to rescue her mom, who has been abducted by the Boov. A renegade alien named J.Lo joins her quest, and together they return the planet to human control, while also defeating the mean-tempered Gorg, Boov rivals hoping to conquer Earth themselves. J.Lo's characterization, including his humorous clipped English and the touching sibling relationship he forges with Gratuity, help smooth out an otherwise sputtering narrative that is prone to tangential wanderings. Still, this mixed-media work, comprising letters, photos, and Rex's hilarious comics (among them, a strip entitled J.Lo's 8 Things You Have Always Wanted to Know about the Gorg but Were Afraid to Ask the Gorg Because the Gorg Might Punch You in the Face ) is guaranteed to tickle the middle-school funny bone.--Hubert, Jennifer Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Who knew the end of the world could be so hilarious? With a misfit cast of characters led by a precocious 11-year-old narrator named Gratuity "Tip" Tucci and a bumbling alien named J.Lo who has an appetite for dental floss and air fresheners, Rex's high-octane fantasy could fairly be called an apocalyptic comedy. After the Boov (technologically advanced aliens) conquer Earth (or Smekland, as they call it, after its discoverer), they decide that humans must live on preserves; all Americans must move to Florida. Tip, driving her mother's car with her cat Pig for a passenger, meets the unexpectedly helpful Boov J.Lo, who, she later discovers, has bungled a mission and is on the lam. Parallels between the Boov and European settlers and their treatment of Native Americans deepen the impact of the story, but the author goes well beyond delivering a single political message. Incorporating dozens of his weird and wonderful illustrations and fruitfully manipulating the narrative structure, Rex skewers any number of subjects, from Disney World to various fleeting fads. Some of the best jokes come from throwaways and from J.Lo's and Tip's attempts to understand each other (when Tip asks if his society has boys and girls, he says, "Of course. Do not to be ridicumulous," and calmly lists the "seven magnificent genders" of the Boov). Picture book aficionados will already know Rex from Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Pssst! (reviewed Sept. 10); now another audience can savor his wit. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Human-alien encounters -- Juvenile fiction.
Alien abduction -- Juvenile fiction.
Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Automobiles -- Juvenile fiction.
Human-alien encounters -- Fiction.
Alien abduction -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Automobiles -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Hyperion Books for Children,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Awards A Junior Library Guild selection
Description 423 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780786849000 (reinforced)
0786849002 (reinforced)
9781484729465 (paperback)
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