The True Meaning of Smekday (Smek Smeries Series #1)

The True Meaning of Smekday (Smek Smeries Series #1)

by Adam Rex


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786849017
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 05/05/2009
Series: Smek Smeries Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 202,546
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Adam Rex is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich. His other books include Pssst!, Moonday, The True Meaning of Smekday, 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 or follow him on Twitter @MrAdamRex.

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True Meaning of Smekday 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Kaileywailey More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It grabbed me from the second I started reading, and refused to let me put it down. Had I known much about it before I started reading I probably would have passed it by... so glad I didn't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can one not love this book? Unless you are a poomp. That's all I can say withoutleaving multiple posts for one review! ;D - Aliceon
huckfinn37 More than 1 year ago
I love this book and I am not a huge alien fan. This book is funny and sad at the same time. I love the main characters, J. Lo. and Tip. They work well together because they are both creative. The story is fresh and the illustrations are fanstastic. I am happy that there will be a movie based on True Meaning of Smeakday next year. I am also glad that Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, will voice J. Lo. Great book, can't wait to see the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very exciting and i love it i hope that everyone that reads it enjoys it immensely some parts of it are scary and sad but mostly it was a good book good for reading good for learning altogether a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a tremendously quotable book that still gets many daily references in our household. It is aimed at a slightly older youth audience, as there are some challenging situations and a little bit of off-color language, but at the right target, this is an amazing book. Gratuity, as you can tell from her name, is an unusal character, and even more unusual but equally likable is the alien JLo. The book has a strong female protagonist, which is a great thing to find, and other positive role models for relationships, building trust, for sticking to goals, and thinking creatively. I highly recommend this book!
Marshahawkins on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I don't even know where to begin in describing how much I loved this book. Basically, this is an incredibly funny, sweet, creative novel for any 5th through 8th graders you know. Heck, I'm 38 years old and I howled with laughter! Rex is incredibly witty in his writing -- J.Lo and Gratuity have some of the most hilarious interactions of any duo I've ever known. This is one of my all-time favorite reads.
jessn1017 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Another one I picked up because it was on the reading list of my friend who's studying to be a librarian. I really enjoyed this one as well. It's written from the point of view of Gratuity "Tip" Tucci, an eleven year old girl, as she joins with an alien named J-Lo, a car named Slushious, and a cat named Pig to save the world. I love Tip's voice - she is smart, tough, & feisty. I also love her friendship with J.Lo. J.Lo (who is a boy) has a limited understanding of english, and Tip has a limited understanding of J.Lo's misunderstanding of english, which often leads to funny miscommunications. The story has a great sense of humor, witty & sarcastic. It reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams' The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy series, and Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. If you are a fan of witty sci-fi, or if you are a fan of witty sci-fi who is hoping to get your kids interested in same, I highly recommend it!
Marared9 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Hilarious fun. This is one of those "aliens-take-over-the-earth" stories but with a whole horde of twists that make it a truly entertaining and unique read. Gratuity (Tip) Tucci is a gutsy girl on the run from the aliens. Along the way she meets J Lo (an alien Boov who also has something to hide), a group of boys calling themselves "b.o.o.b," a group of survivalists camped out in a museum, and a political-leader who smacks of televangelist. It's up to Gratuity to save the day, which she does with aplomb. I couldn't stop laughing all the way through, and am now enjoying sharing this one with my 10 and 11 year old kids. Reminiscent of Daniel Pinkwater's writing.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Boov have taken over earth, and one of them, accidently, has insulted a vicious race called the Gorg who have come to destroy. Gratuity Tucci is 11-years-old, and with her Boov friend J-Lo, is determined to save humankind.
meerka on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Loved, loved, loved this J book. The illustrations are just as engaging as the story. Characters wonderful. Adults may be several steps ahead of the young readers, particularly if the youngsters haven't been introduced to UFology, but if you have a budding sf reader, take the time to discuss the "events" in Roswell, NM!
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This humorous book is the first-person story of 11-year-old Gratuity Tucci, who survives an alien invasion of Earth but is separated from her mother in the process. She ends up forming an unlikely alliance with one of the Boov aliens (who gives himself the human name ¿J.Lo¿) and sets off on a madcap adventure around the United States, trying to reconnect with her mother. Meanwhile, another set of aliens, the Gorg, arrive on Earth bent on further destruction, and Gratuity, J.Lo, and their cat Pig must stay one step ahead of them. This book is funny, sarcastic, and all around my cup of tea. It¿s a mostly fast-paced narrative, though I have to admit toward the end it was starting to drag a little (it could have been just a bit shorter and just as good, especially considering its audience). The gray-scale sketches of various events in the book are an added bonus. Although the book is intended for older children and young adults, I think adults could just as easily (or perhaps more so) appreciate this book.
josephm1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Humorous story that takes place in the year 2013. Contains some graphic comic strips.
twonickels on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thought this might be one of those books that is capital-G goofy in a desperate, ¿kids like this stuff, right?¿ kind of way. How could I ever believe that of Adam Rex? Is it goofy? Absolutely. Pitch-perfectly goofy, and all in the service of a good story. Gratuity is a delight, especially in her relationships with her mother and J Lo. As far as I¿m concerned, this is the gold standard of goofy alien-invasion stories.
ragingaddgirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is not the type of book I would usually pick up. Even as a child, I wouldn¿t have chosen this one. I know they say not to judge a book by it¿s cover but, lets face it, when people look for books the cover is the first thing we see.This book blew me away. It was not at all what I expected. I was expecting a book featuring a boy or young man as the main character. I was surprised when the main character was a spunky eleven year old girl who was retelling how she and her alien friend saved the planet. While the book focused on the invasion of the planet by an alien species, there was a lot of subtext that can be used to encourage thoughtful discussions on treaty rights, war, and tolerance. Not only that, it was funny! I can only recall one other book* that made me nearly shoot coffee out my nose. As an adult, that is not the same thrill as it would be to a 10 year old, but still, three words¿¿Devastating Eye Lasers.¿This is a great book and everyone needs to read it, especially girls.I must note that I did take advantage of the audio book version that was available at my local library, which was brilliantly narrated by Bahni Turpin. I had to go back to the book itself to appreciate the details of the small comics that were `contributed by J.Lo.¿*The other book that always makes me laugh? The Hitchhiker¿s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I have read that a dozen times. I still crack up.
nutti72 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
11 year old "Tip" must journey across the country in search of her mother who disappeared when ab alien race, the Boov, invades Earth. She gets befriended by a Boov who helps her in her journey. This book was hard to classify genre wise.
sheherazahde on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Gatuity "Tip" Tucci writes an essay for school about what happened when the aliens invaded, and the other aliens invaded.A nice children's book. The narrator is an 11yr old girl and that seems to be the age group this aimed at. But there is a surprising amount of political satire involved that should keep the adults amused.
quilted_kat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The funniest science fiction writing since Douglas Adams. I'm not just saying that. If you take the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, make it a children's book, and then add some cats, you would have the True Meaning of Smekday.
herbcat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Good little science fiction political satire. Funny.
ambookgeek on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A very entertaining YA read with a lot more subtext than you find in most books intended for YAs. A couple of my boys who've read it thought that it was "hilarious," but as I didn't get the chance to discuss it with them before the end of the school year, I don't know how much of the social commentary they actually picked up. A read that is well worth the time.
mazeway on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A really fun read for ages 9 or so up. I'm 41 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Really funny dialog, clever use of graphic illustrations. An 11 and a half year old girl named Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci, an alien named J.Lo, and a cat named Pig save the world.
librariankristin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Twelve-year-old Gratuity Tucci saves the world from alien invasion in this hilarious science fiction novel by the author of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. The Boov have invaded the Earth and want all the humans to relocate to Florida, until they change their minds about Florida and send them to Arizona instead. Gratuity and a rogue friendly Boov named J. Lo take a cross-country road trip and save the world from invasion.
emitnick on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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, drives) off in search of her. Early on, she meets up with a stray handyman Boov, who reengineers her car to fly. Gradually, Tip and the Boov, who calls himself J.Lo, become uneasy friends and allies, as they avoid the Boov, meet all sorts of strange humans, and then find themselves dealing with an even more fearsome set of aliens, the Gorg.
This is an extremely funny book - the dialogue, whether tongue-in-cheek or absolutely outrageous, is snappy and Tip and J.Lo are both loveable, if often irascible and just plain nuts. J.Lo speaks English with a distinctly Boovian and very ludicrous accent - when he first meets Tip and is bluffing her, he says, "Then...then...I will have onto shoot with my gun!" and when that doesn't work, he tries "NO GUN! So I will have to...have to...SHOOT FORTH THE LASERS FROM MY EYEBALLS!" Tip carries around an antique polaroid camera, and so the book is illustrated with drawings depicting the polaroids, messily taped into the book.
First-rate, tip-top SF for all ages - Read This Book!!
PigOfHappiness on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Hilarious! In this story of what happens when aliens fight over who's going to dominate over Planet Earth, one tween girl and one outcast alien somehow manage to save the world! Definitely worth checking out! Appropriate for middle school and beyond...
debnance on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Gratuity Tucci tells the story of Smekday, the day aliens took over the earth, and the year following Smekday for a time capsule. The aliens turn out to be less scary than thought initially, but they in turn are followed by some really scary aliens who want to take over the earth from the first aliens (got that?) A fun little story.
Capfox on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I've read a lot of stories about aliens coming to Earth and what happens, but I've really never read anything like this one. Here we have the story of Gratuity Tucci (but her friends call her Tip), an 11-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, and her trip across the US, from Pennsylvania to Florida to Arizona, in the wake of an alien race, the Boov, taking over the place. She's lost her mom, and with the help of a renegade Boov, J.Lo, she makes her way through some recognizable landmarks, such as a thinly disguised Disneyworld and Roswell, to try to track her down. In the process, she encounters a pretty wacky variety of people, Boov, and a third alien race, the Gorg, who may be even worse for the planet than the Boov were.The writing style of the book is light and wry, with the telling of the tale taken by Tip through the course of a number of essays for a school assignment, and in the end just for herself, to get her experiences and feelings out. It's augmented with a number of pictures and little comics by J.Lo, as well, to explain the situation. In fact, Tip and J.Lo get to be pretty real, fleshed out characters over the course of the trip, growing closer over time and forming a nice friendship across species. For a book for kids, it can also get a bit dark, and the adults are definitely not in the right a lot of the time; the crew in Roswell is particularly interesting for their characterization, I think.So the story is good, and the characters are pretty good... so why am I not ranking it higher? Well, the handling of the thematic matter in the book is really quite heavy-handed; the themes of how we treat each other and other races are really in-your-face in a way I didn't like, but maybe this is more normal for children's lit. For me, it detracted from the story some, since I felt a bit hammered with the message a few times. But overall, this was a very nice, amusing, charming book, good, I think, for kids and adults alike. I'll try another book of his pretty soon, I think.