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Smek for President! (Smek Smeries Series #2)
     

Smek for President! (Smek Smeries Series #2)

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by Adam Rex
 

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In this much anticipated sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday, Tip and J.Lo are back for another hilarious intergalactic adventure. And this time (and last time, and maybe next time), they want to make things right with the Boov.

After Tip and J.Lo banished the Gorg from Earth in a scheme involving the cloning of

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In this much anticipated sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday, Tip and J.Lo are back for another hilarious intergalactic adventure. And this time (and last time, and maybe next time), they want to make things right with the Boov.

After Tip and J.Lo banished the Gorg from Earth in a scheme involving the cloning of many, many cats, the pair is notorious-but not for their heroics. Instead, human Dan Landry has taken credit for conquering the Gorg, and the Boov blame J.Lo for ruining their colonization of the planet. Determined to clear his name, J.Lo and Tip pack into Slushious, a Chevy that J.Lo has engineered into a fairly operational spaceship, and head to New Boovworld, the aliens' new home on one of Saturn's moons.

But their welcome isn't quite as warm as Tip and J.Lo would have liked. J.Lo is dubbed Public Enemy Number One, and Captain Smek knows that capturing the alien is the only way he'll stand a chance in the Boovs' first-ever presidential election.

With the help of a friendly flying billboard named Bill, a journey through various garbage chutes, a bit of time travel, and a slew of hilarious Boovish accents, Tip and J.Lo must fight to set the record straight-and return home in once piece.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/09/2015
Having saved the world in The True Meaning of Smekday (2007), Tip Tucci and her alien sidekick, J.Lo, decide to seek adventure on the new homeworld of the extraterrestrial Boov, located on a moon of Saturn. Upon their arrival on New Boovworld, Tip and J.Lo learn that the Boov are hosting their first democratic election and quickly get embroiled in the race for the Boov Oval Office. Captain Smek faces off against the human Dan Landry, who took credit for Tip and J.Lo’s world-saving plot from the previous book. Rex’s humorous wordplay and insightful satire remain on full display (on the whole enterprise of elections, J.Lo observes, “I have been watching the Americans. You like to think you decide things, but you only ever decide not to change. Because you are afrightened of change. You are the man who likes a big menu but always orders hamburgers”). Inventive language, a smart and resourceful heroine, and an unerring sense of fun all contribute to a playful, action-packed sequel. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR MOONDAY

* "This mashup of the ordinary and the far-out, of a little neighborhood and a giant, glowing orb from outer space, thrills."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Rex packs his sequel with loads of action and a steady spotlight on friendship; plus, he adds witty send-ups of political elections, time travel, and even sports rules (again using cartoon panels to good effect). And his humor is, as it was in Smekday, laugh-out-loud funny."—The Horn Book

PRAISE FOR CHLOE AND THE LION

"[C]hildren will find a meaningful exposition of just what goes into a successful picture book, and how author, illustrator, and character must collaborate and compromise."—Booklist

PRAISE FOR BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM

* "Definitely funny and slyly subversive."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PRAISE FOR CHLOE AND THE LION

"This meta-picture book offers plenty of sly giggles (and knows it)."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR CHLOE AND THE LION

* "[A]n elaborate prank on the picture-book genre, and it comes together in playful harmony."—School Library Journal, starred review

PRAISE FOR CHLOE AND THE LION

"[R]at-a-tat dialogue and fresh visuals should keep it at the top of the bedtime pile."—Publishers Weekly

PRAISE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

"The humor in this story is undeniably unique...the first half of the book is an entirely funny road trip of the Kerouac-meets-E.T. variety "—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

"[G]uaranteed to tickle the middle-school funny bone."—Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

* "First-time novelist Rex has written an imaginative, wacky, hilarious sci-fi story that will appeal to fans of Eoin Colfer and Jon Scieszka. Lively cartoon-paneled illustrations are interspersed throughout and add to the fun. This is a fast-paced adventure with a whip-smart protagonist, a lovable and resourceful extraterrestrial, and plenty of social commentary."—School Library Journal, starred review

PRAISE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

"Adam Rex has created a book that is so snappy and fun and angst-giddy that you really can't put it down, because to do so would mean going back to the harsh-world reality in which you live and almost die. But reading a book this captivating is always worth the risk of being abducted by aliens with weak immune systems."—Jack Gantos, author of 2012 Newbery Medal winner Dead End in Norvelt

PRAISE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

"This is a truly wonderful book about what happens when a girl named Gratuity and a cat named Pig join forces with an alien named J.Lo to try to save the world from another group of aliens who . . . Okay, it gets complicated. But trust me: it never stops being funny."—Dave Barry

PRAISE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

"Although it's a book for children, adults will find this page turner, really a satire about the conquering of foreign cultures, entertaining as well. Its pacing and cadence make it a perfect story for reading aloud, and it's almost impossible to resist sharing great lines with people nearby."—Lisa von Drasek for The New York Times

PRAISE FOR MOONDAY

"The sometimes-rhyming text is lavish in its simplicity, and Rex's paintings hit the same tone with their impressionistic brushwork and fine attention to detail."—Bulletin of the Center for Children?s Books

PRAISE FOR MOONDAY

"Children will love this tribute to their imaginings, and adults will appreciate the reminder that until you are taught otherwise, the Moon really can follow you all the way home."—School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

"Who knew the end of the world could be so hilarious? Rex's high-octane fantasy could fairly be called an apocalyptic comedy."—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
★ 09/01/2014
Gr 4–8—After successfully banishing the Gorg and ruining the Boovs's plans to colonize planet Earth, J.Lo and Gratuity (Tip to her friends) are back in this sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday (Hyperion, 2007). The Boov, dumpy little aliens who find English grammar amusingly challenging, have now settled, somewhat peevishly, on one of Saturn's moons. J.Lo, and Tip board J.Lo's converted Chevy spacecraft, Slushious, and blast off to New Boovworld, only to find themselves on the run from the police and Captain Smek, who is now campaigning to become New Boovworld's first president. Rex is a comic genius who has created a laugh- and groan-out-loud novel filled with spaceship chases, bubbling billboards, villainous villains, and reluctant heroes to say nothing of rousing games of Stickyfish and the obligatory garbage pit. Hilarious cartoons will please graphic novel aficionados. Don't skip Appendix A: Rules for Stickyfish.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-10-15
Gratuity "Tip" Tucci doesn't see why her mom won't let a 13-year-old who saved the world take an off-planet vacation. Two years after saving the world in The True Meaning of Smekday (2007), biracial Tip and her extraterrestrial best friend, J.Lo, need a holiday. They jet off to New Boovworld (otherwise known as Saturn's moon Titan) in Slushious, their flying car. J.Lo's wanted on New Boovworld for his part in the near-destruction of Earth two years ago, but he's sure everything will be fine if he just explains things to the HighBoov-for-life, Capt. Smek. The situation on New Boovworld is complicated: The Boov are holding elections for HighBoov. In election season, every politician loves an enemy of the state, and so J.Lo is recast as the Squealer, condemned to imprisonment in eternal silence. Only Tip can save him, with the help of a bubble-blowing bee named Bill, Funsize the garbage man and the imagined ghost of her old friend the Chief. It's a little less quirky than the last adventure (the Boov's seven magnificent genders are paid lip service, with important characters either male or female and even following Earth stereotypes), but still, plenty of gleeful ridiculousness adorns this outing, which is illustrated with Rex's own fanciful comics. The book is out just in time for the release of the movie adaptation of Book 1 (as Home, due out spring 2015). This sequel shares the strengths of its predecessor: the loving friendship between Tip and J.Lo, the respect for the absurd, and the social consciences of the teen protagonist and her ET BFF. (Science fiction. 11-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484709511
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
02/10/2015
Series:
Smek Smeries Series , #2
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
879,345
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Adam Rex is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. His other books include The True Meaning of Smekday, which was made into the animated hit movie Home; Moonday; Fat Vampire; and Cold Cereal. He also illustrated the Brixton Brothers series, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem, and Chloe and the Lion, all by Mac Barnett, and Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit him at adamrex.com or follow him on Twitter @MrAdamRex.

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Smek for President 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The True Meaning of Smekday was humorous and a quick, light read with a fast plot. This book, seemingly a sequel forced by oncoming film popularity, is less of a great than its predecessor. In this novel, J. Lo is wanted for treason. For SOME idiotic reason, Tip leaves her mom for a Saturn moon dubbed New Boovworld. The novel includes a cheesy conscience version of Chief, a strained climax that ends much less humorously than the previous book. Humor is far between, but is a gem when you can get it. Worth reading, but not worth buying. A worthy sequel, mainly because of this heartfelt message from "Tipmom". "And you're gonna hate me a little in your teens. Like, legitimately hate me... And when you go off to college, you'll say mean things about me to your new friends- unfair things, because you'll all hate your parents. You and your friends will have invented hating your parents. And... you'll learn so much and go so many places I never could go... Later, you'll call more... And visit. You'll be, like, amazed when you realize I'm right about a few things... Maybe later you'll have a daughter and realize how... just... screwed up and hopeless we all are." Girls in their teens will relate to the very human Tip Tucci. J.Lo has lost his humorous glimmer, and it's Tip's maturing human nature that redeems this novel. So, it is a four-star book, and all because of one female lead, strongly written, especially as the story close. I hope to see more of the Smek Smeries.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Has all the wit and poignancy of the original, in a completely different story. It lacks the political allegory, but is still full of fun. I could say it isn't quite as good as its predecessor, but considering that I consider that book one of greatest middle grades books of all time, there's a lot of room.