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Publisher Comments:

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? Or maybe with Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on 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 Earth from yet another alien invasion.

Fully illustrated with "photos," drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this is a hilarious, perceptive, genre-bending novel by a remarkable new talent.

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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]his mixed-media work, comprising letters, photos, and Rex's hilarious comics...is guaranteed to tickle the middle-school funny bone." Booklist

Review:

"[An] imaginative, wacky, hilarious sci-fi story." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Fully illustrated with photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this original debut novel by a noted illustrator is a hilarious, perceptive, and genre-bending story about a 12-year-old girl who writes an essay six months after an alien race has taken over Earth.

About the Author

Adam Rex is the illustrator of The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin' by Jill Esbaum, and Small Beauties by Elvira Woodruff. He wrote and illustrated Tree Ring Circus and the New York Times best-seller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. Adam lives with his wife in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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gorbold.robert, July 12, 2008 (view all comments by gorbold.robert)
This is a seriously funny book. I don't think I've laughed out loud so much during any other book. It's expanded my horizons to read more books written for younger audiences. It is highly imaginative and very appropriate.
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adamsdad, October 23, 2007 (view all comments by adamsdad)
A very fun read. This book will be appreciated by adults as well as children. Adam takes "pot shots" at a number of contemporary conventions. His illustrations add depth to the readers experience.

Make sure to set aside enough time because once you start reading you well have trouble stopping.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786849000
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Subject:
Missing persons
Illustrator:
Rex, Adam
Author:
Rex, Adam
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Arthurian
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
07-12

Related Subjects

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Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Science Fiction and Fantasy » General

The True Meaning of Smekday
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Product details 432 pages Disney-Hyperion - English 9780786849000 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]his mixed-media work, comprising letters, photos, and Rex's hilarious comics...is guaranteed to tickle the middle-school funny bone."
"Review" by , "[An] imaginative, wacky, hilarious sci-fi story."
"Synopsis" by , Fully illustrated with photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this original debut novel by a noted illustrator is a hilarious, perceptive, and genre-bending story about a 12-year-old girl who writes an essay six months after an alien race has taken over Earth.
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