Start your review of The True Meaning of Smekday Write a review Shelves: award-nominee-andre-norton , audiobook , ya , , invasion , world-in-the-shitter , comfort-food Before reading Adam Rexs delicious banquet of pop culture skewers dipped in saucy social commentary and served alongside a heaping helping of warm, filling comfort food, the phrase "I love J. Now, Im not referring to "Ms. Diva from the Block junky trunk", but rather the sweetest, charmingest, most Booviful Boov ever to invade Earth in search of oranges and urinal cakes: Smekday is definitely a feel gooder with smarts. The winner of the contest will have their essay placed in a time capsule to be opened in years. Because of her unique experiences during the Boov invasion, Gratuity decides to write her essay so that future kids will understand what really happened. The essay begins by describing the Christmas invasion of Earth by the Boov.
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Add your rating See all 5 kid reviews. In essays for school and a time-capsule contest, Gratuity Tucci describes her cross-country road trip with a Boov alien she calls J. The Earth has been invaded, her mother kidnapped, and all Americans are herded into a reservation in Arizona.
From there she and J. Lo work to stop yet another invasion by even worse aliens, the Nimrogs, who were inadvertently drawn to Earth by J. Continue reading Show less Is it any good? This is good, silly fun. Operation: Piggyback, both puns even while running and being shot at by marauding alien monsters. And the evil alien monsters love fighting and musical theater, and "fought one another in a three-hundred-year-old civil war that is believed to have started over a parking space.
Illustrated with a few comic strips could have used more of those and other drawings, the book bogs down in places, and would have benefitted from a firmer editorial hand: lopping off about pages would have done the story no harm and done more to hold the interests of the kind of kids who will be drawn to something like this.
Still, this will be a popular choice for fans of Terry Pratchett and Larry Gonick, and, with its abundance of strange creatures, whacky scenes, and silly accents and voices, it should make a great read-aloud. Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about Families can talk about some of the issues the author raises. What are the parallels between what the Boovs do to humans and what Europeans did to Native Americans?
Are the Boovs ultimately good or bad? What do you think of the way Americans organized themselves in Arizona? What do you think would really happen if all Americans were shipped to Arizona?
The True Meaning of Smekday
Plot summary[ edit ] The story is narrated in first person by a year-old girl in eighth grade, and takes the form of a school-assigned essay intended for submission to a national competition, and expected to be stored in a time capsule to be opened in years. The protagonist is Gratuity "Tip" Tucci, who must survive on her own at age 11, after her mother is abducted by an alien race called the Boov. The entire Boov population arrives in a fleet of ships on Christmas Eve, and use their advanced technology to take over the Earth without bloodshed. On "Moving Day", when all humans are required by the Boov to relocate to Florida , Tip evades being transported by the Boov, and instead drives the family car to Florida in search of her mother. When the car breaks down, Tip reluctantly joins forces with a fugitive Boov mechanic who had taken the name J. Lo , thinking it to be a "common Earth name. Lo was fleeing from his fellow Boov because, while modifying radio tower antennas for Boov use, he had accidentally transmitted a strong test signal in the wrong direction.
Add your rating See all 5 kid reviews. In essays for school and a time-capsule contest, Gratuity Tucci describes her cross-country road trip with a Boov alien she calls J. The Earth has been invaded, her mother kidnapped, and all Americans are herded into a reservation in Arizona. From there she and J. Lo work to stop yet another invasion by even worse aliens, the Nimrogs, who were inadvertently drawn to Earth by J.