The true meaning of Smekday

by Rex, Adam,

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Children's Fiction Collection j PAPERBACK Rex
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
Call Number  j PAPERBACK Rex
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Children Fiction J REX
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J REX
Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC REX
Location  Coraopolis Memorial Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J FIC REX
Northland Public Library Teen Paperbacks P/TEEN REX
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Paperbacks
Call Number  P/TEEN REX
Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Juvenile Fiction J REX
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J REX
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 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 from best-selling author Adam Rex.
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.
Extraterrestrial beings -- Juvenile fiction.
Human-alien encounters -- Fiction.
Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction.
Alien abduction -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Automobile travel -- Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Publisher New York :Disney-Hyperion Books,2009
Edition First Disney-Hyperion paperback edition.
Language English
Description 423 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN 9780786849017
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