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The True Meaning of Smekday Paperback – May 5, 2009
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His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book involves a cross-country trip by a 12 year old girl, her cat and a renegade alien Boov, after the invading aliens have relocated all the humans in the U.S. - first to Florida, then to Arizona. They must then go on to save the planet from the second wave of alien invaders, the Gorg. However, the main focus of the story is around how the relationship between the girl and the alien evolves. There are some great exchanges as the two travellers try to comprehend each other's cultures - as well as many pot shots at American popular culture. The drawings (including what's made to look like Polaroids from the trip) were also a big hit with my son.
We both laughed out loud throughout the book, and my son literally ripped it out of my hands on several occasions wanting to re-read a funny section to himself. We now have so many inside jokes about the Boov that my husband says he'll have to read the book too to get in on them.
Sly digs at consumerism, Disney World, Manifest Destiny, the treatment of immigrants, Native Americans, and even No Child Left Behind give this book the zing of awesome satire, and like the best children's books, it's written on at least two different levels. Improbable as the plot sounds -- young preteen joins with Artoo-shaped alien to save the planet -- it's a wild ride and one you care about. Plus, did I mention how absolutely FUNNY this book is? The book hooked me when the young heroine, Gratuity Tucci, successfully traps one of the alien Boov (later to call himself "J. Lo," and no, I'm not kidding). The Boov threatens to shoot Gratuity, but realizes he has no phaser. Capitalizing on humans' ignorance of all things Boov, the alien threatens to zing her with his "eye lasers." Capitalizing on the Boov's ignorance of all things human, Gratuity threatens to "explode his head," explaining that humans CAN do this, but usually don't, "because it's rude." Wonderful!
It is not like any other book I've read. It is the weirdest story ever. The aliens in it are hilarious and made reading fun.
There were times when I wanted to scream at the main character, Gratuity for the insane things she did. I started looking for aliens everywhere!
Don't let the fact that this book is so thick scare you off. It is worth reading and you'll be sorry when it ends.
I am a third grader and I loved this book, but I think even older kids would like it.
What aliens? What is Smekday? We're about to find out, through the essay of (then) 11-year-old Gratuity Tucci, who lived through the invasion.
The True Meaning of Smekday has been described as "truly wonderful" and "snappy". I was really hoping for a story like that, but I try to keep my expectations neutral as reviews are just personal opinions, after all.
In my experience, this book was only occasionally wonderful and infrequently snappy. It started out promisingly but never really delivered. My ten-year-old son and I laughed out loud a few times (mostly in the very first section), and I was sometimes struck by a well-written and vivid scene or sentence (eg "So we watched the storm, watched the wind push the rain around in billowing sheets like the ghosts of old oceans.") but I wanted the whole book to be like that. It was a shame and a frustration to catch these glimpses of laugh-out-loud humor and lovely prose but to most of the time be stuck in average writing and meandering plot work.
This is not to say it was all bad, just that it could and should have been so much better. There was a thread of fun running throughout, most especially because of Gratuity's partner in crime, a Boov named J.Lo who is very fun to read aloud if you're one of those parents who does the voices. It's also peppered with well-done illustrations, including some cartoon-strip-esque narratives in which J.Lo explains things about Boovish culture and history.
A note about the cussing - there is cussing, and it's not (just) 'turd' or 'oh my God'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On the surface, this is a story of an 11 year old hero's quest to find her Mom after the earth has been invaded by Boov aliens. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erika
This book was for my son and he loved it! Very interesting and was shipped very fast! Nicely packagedPublished 1 month ago by Jessica Wilson
I enjoyed this book. I bought it because I loved the movie Home. The book and the movie are actually quite different, which I wasn't expecting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sonya Jeffords
I can't say that I love every Adam Rex novel, but The True Meaning of Smekday has some staying quality to it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Wiles Parker
This book was a little darker than I expected in some places. An 11 year old narrator drops some heavy thoughts about the alien invasion, comparing it to the gas chambers of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashley Smith
I am not ten (72) but I loved this book. I laughed. Rex writes about the misuse of resources and science, about imperialism and Boov privilege and prejudice, in a very funny and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patience H. C. Mason