The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday

eBook - 2012
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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 about an alien invasion.

Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781423140153
Branch Call Number: E-Book CHILD
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jameehale
Aug 16, 2017

My son and I loved this book. The movie was really silly compared to the book. As usual, the book was so much better.

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ssmartin7
Apr 26, 2017

I thought this book was an extremely funny, original and also touching take on the post alien invasion apocalypse theme. Not many books make me laugh out loud and get tears in my eyes but this one did both!

AL_KELSEY Feb 16, 2017

As the original story behind the movie, "Home," this science fiction story of the friendship between Tip and an alien is hilarious, compassionate, and true to what we've seen in the movie, but with more explanation and an engaging plot line. I was absolutely satisfied with this story, and though we see the movie was not made completely true to the original story, it was fun to make the connection from book to movie! If you loved the movie, it's time to go back to what came first.

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allosaurusrock
Aug 16, 2016

This book is absolutely hilarious, and I love J. Lo's character. The author gave a very interesting style that made you really feel the book.

FindingJane Dec 04, 2015

The Boov are under the impression that humans are a foolish, child-like, inferior race, one that needs their gentle, loving hands to take guide and care of them. Most of them don’t learn differently…but one Boov is about to get an education.

In this viewpoint on what an alien invasion would be like, the author takes us into the mind of one determined Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, an 11-year-old girl separated from her mother by the hated Boov and willing to cross the entire state to get her back. The book is many things: a journal, essay, comedy, social commentary and adventure story, et al. The social commentary comes from the uncomfortable notion of what happens when alien beings treat us the way we’ve often treated aboriginal natives of countries that we’ve conquered. All our wrongful deeds are held up as in a brightly polished mirror—the renaming of holidays and homes, the relocation of the natives, the sudden poverty induced by said relocation and the substitution of inferior food for the excellent fare we once prepared for ourselves. It makes you squirm to read it with its dead-on portrayal of what happens when the shoe is forcibly placed on the other foot.

But the book remains for the most part rather light hearted in spirit, the fun coming in liberal doses between its liberal message. The author avoids moralizing and preaching, except on the part of people we’re clearly meant not to take seriously. The heart of the book is the growing fondness between Tip and her alien companion as each learns from the other and both unite to face a common threat. This novel enlivens the spirit as gleeful fun and sobering treatise. Hurrah for Smekday!

mvkramer Oct 15, 2015

Hilarious! I loved this fast-moving tale of a girl just trying to get through an alien invasion and find her mom. Gratuity is an excellent character, resourceful, clever and funny - and I loved J. Lo the Boov! Give yourself a treat and listen to the audiobook version - the reader is excellent.

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nguyentran
Sep 23, 2015

Let's play touch the tree! Oh wait... we can survive land....

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adam1999
Jul 24, 2015

Very funny book which served as the (loose) basis for the movie "Home". Some of the comic-book style content is hilarious, such as the history of the Boov.

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clarkeja_0
Jun 22, 2015

My favourite book EVER

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jordan1650
May 09, 2015

Definitely one of the most unique and funniest stories I've ever read! Love the characters, adventure, action and obstacles! Definitely better than it's movie Home, though Home is still a good movie to watch whether you read this or not.

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bookfandomlover
Jul 13, 2013

"This seems like an awful lot of trouble for one flat tire," I said.
The Boov stuck out his head.
"Flat tire?"
I stared back blankly for a second, then walked around to the other side. The tire was still flat.
"The car, it should to hover much better now!" he called happily.
"Hover?" I answered. "Hover better? It didn't hover at all before!"
"Hm," the Boov said, looking down. "So this is why the wheels are so dirty."

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bookfandomlover
Jul 13, 2013

"You don't even have a gun!"
"Yes! YES!" he shouted, nodding furiously, as though I'd somehow proven his point. "NO GUN! So I will have to ... have to ..." His whole body trembled. "... SHOOT FORTH THE LASERS FROM MY EYE-BALLS!"
I fell into a row of shelves. That one was new to me.
"Shoot forth the lasers?"
"SHOOT FORTH THE LASERS!"
"you can do that?"
The Boov hesitated. His eyes quivered. After a few seconds he replied, "Yes."
I squinted. "Well, if you shoot your eye lasers, then I'll have no choice but to ... EXPLODE YOUR HEAD!"
"You humans can not to ex-"
"We can! We can too! We just don't much. It's considered rude."

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LibraryBuddy_1
Jul 06, 2013

It was Moving Day. Should that be capitalized? I never would have capitalized it before, but now Moving Day is a national holiday and everything, so I think it should be. Capitalized.

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LibraryBuddy_1
Jul 06, 2013

Tucci's essay, entitled "The True Meaning of Smekday," was only one of many items in the unearthed time capsule, including a lock of Daniel Landry's hair and a recording of DJ Max Dare's single "Hit the Road, Smek (Moove, Boov! Mix)."

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bluebelle11
Jun 27, 2011

Can I come into the out now?

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bluebelle11
Jun 27, 2011

Regarding stickyfish teams, I favor the Bigfield Fighting Koobish

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bluebelle11
Jun 27, 2011

We found the bathrooms, which were labeled 'Aliens' and 'Femaliens.'
'Finally,' I said to J.Lo. 'Here's a bathroom you're allowed to use.

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bluebelle11
Jun 27, 2011

You have no room to laugh, that's all. I'm not doing any worse with Boovish than you did with English.'
Get off of the car,' J.Lo huffed. 'I am an English superstar.'
Uh-uh. There's no comparison. 'Gratuity' in written Boovish has seventeen different bubbles that all have to be the right size and in the right place. 'J.Lo' in written English only has three letters, and you still spelled it 'M-smiley face-pound sign.

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bluebelle11
Jun 27, 2011

Is there a short-eared koobish, then?'
Mmmyes ...' said J.Lo. 'But it is technically not really a koobish. Is more alike a kind of singing pumpkin.'
We had conversations like these all the time, where I just eventually gave up.

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bluebelle11
Jun 27, 2011

Wherefor are you knowing it? If you stacked all of the Gorg in the galaxy on top of eachother, the Gorg would kill you.

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Jul 06, 2013

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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