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

The book that inspired HOME, now a major motion picture!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484729465
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: Smek Smeries Series , #1
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 149,932
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(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 adamrex.com or follow him on Twitter @MrAdamRex.

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 adamrex.com or follow him on Twitter @MrAdamRex.

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True Meaning of Smekday 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 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!
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
**WARNING -- POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!** I like to borrow audio books from my local library for my commute and this book looked really interesting, though I had absolutely no idea what it was about. This is a YA book about how one young girl survived when aliens invaded earth and shuttled all the humans to one location. The audio book narrator, Bahni Turpin, was a struggle to listen to at the beginning - she had an unusual intonation - but by the end of the book, I had grown to actually looking forward to hearing her tell this story. This was a rather unusual sci-fi YA story, though perhaps 'original' is a better term than 'unusual.' Aliens have invaded and sent everyone to Florida. Our story narrator, Gratuity "Tip" Tucci, stayed behind looking for her mother who disappeared earlier than most. Now pre-teen Tip is making her way to Florida on her own. She encounters one of the aliens (called "Boov") who is on the run himself and they team up to get across the country. In good YA fashion, Tip learns a little about herself and the human race by befriending an alien. They have quite the adventure, which is what drives the plot, and includes a second group of aliens invading and chasing off the Boov. There were a couple of small plot points that I thought were extraneous and did not propel the story forward but seemed to be included simply for the sake of action. But these actually slowed the story down. Also...the 'purpose' of the story changed about three-quarters of the way through. From a goal of finding her mother, the story switched gears to become one about stopping some humans from making bad decisions. All fine ideas, but it really became like a book and a novella rolled into one. Still, this was fun and I'd encourage anyone looking for a sci-fi type story for a young reader. Looking for a good book? The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is a YA sci-fi romp across the country with some powerful, but 'simple' aliens and a little girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the movie,the music was really good too,but I wonder if the allians look the same.......oh well,i really want to by it!hope its good! And to FRee IPAD please stop it its starting to get o.n my nerves...... -ZaneMasterOfIce739********:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie home is based on this book!!!!!
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Funny...poignant..freaking hilarious. .pardon my langauge ;-) ... and probably the best book I have ever read! !
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This is my num. One fave book!!!!!! I luv it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very good and very funny. I would read it if you are looking for something slightly differant
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is both ridiculously awesome and awesonely ridiculous. It's very funny and follows the adventures of a girl, her cat and an alien named J.Lo as they cross the country in seatch of her moher after an alien invasion. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dreamworks is making a movie based on this book called "Happy Smekday!". It realeases in 2014.
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cbbookworm1997 More than 1 year ago
this book was interesting. I thought j.lo was hilarious and that gratuity was fine. The end of the book where u find out about daniel landry and her mom being a very important person was kind of irrelivant. Who really cares! i really thought that gratuitys mom was boring, and daniel landry just didnt make sense at all. I did think though that the gorg were obviously bad and that all the adults were stupid as anything. I would read a sequel of this book but if it became a series i wouldnt waste my time.
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From-the-Qwill-Pen More than 1 year ago
I am 11and I absolutly love this book!!! The way it is written is absoultly uniquie with a new view-point. I heavily recommend this book to a(. people who think the world will end in 2012. b(. to sci-fi fans... WARNING TO CAT LOVERS!!!! IN SEVERAL CASES IN THIS BOOK CATS ARE A(. KIDNAPPED BY ALIENS. B(. THEY ARE OBLIVIATED BY RAY GUNS. C(. THE BOOK MENTIONS:EATING CATS, THROWING CATS INTO OUTER SPACE AND, THE KIDNAPPING OF ALL THE CATS IN THE WORLD!!! Anyway I believe the "Common Sense Rating" is waayyy to strict! Happy Mouse Kingdom is a lot like Walt Disney World. I highley recommend the book!
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