The True Meaning of Smekday

 
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The True Meaning of Smekday
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October 02, 2007
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0786849002
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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 by a remarkable new talent.

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Full disclosure: I have the pleasure of drinking coffee with this author several times a month. He's even more hilarious and good-natured in person than his works would suggest. This novel will come out as a DreamWorks animated feature film this fall, starring big names like Steve Martin, Jim Parsons, and Rihanna, and I'm thrilled for Adam's success. This novel succeeds very well at what it sets out to do on every page: make you laugh out loud. It's quite clever, to boot, full of nice twists on old tropes and innovative new ideas. I highly recommend it to any humor reader, young or old, and you definitely need to read the book before you go see the movie (though be sure to do both, whatever the order)!
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Exactly why The True Meaning of Smekday is an amazing book
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This is my favourite book. Of all time.
It has so many elements that never cease to amaze me, no matter how many times I read and reread it. Which is quite a few times. The characters are really lovable. Gratuity is very matter-of-fact when she writes and I love her sarcastic humour. J.Lo...well, how can you describe an alien who has so many quirks and looks like a squat mix of frog arms and elephant legs. I love the hilariousity of it all. Mostly all of Gratuity and J.Lo's conversations made me laugh out loud, which got me a couple weird looks but it was worth it. The randomness is definitely a reason I love this book. I mean, from the whole plot basically, to the 7 genders of the Boov to pages 410 to 413, this book will surprise anyone. I also really enjoyed the comics provided by J.Lo. They were educational and funny at the same time!
It's a pretty awesome book.
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Amazing characters, random twists and great illustrations make this book what it is.
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