[]
[]

The True Meaning of Smekday

Rex, Adam

(Audiobook CD - 2010)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The True Meaning of Smekday
Print
In the chaotic turmoil that follows the Boov invasion of Earth, eleven-year-old Gratuity Tucci finds herself driving her mother's car to Florida, where all of the humans are being relocated, with her cat and a renegade extraterrestiral named J. Lo as her copilots.
Publisher: New York : Random House, p2010
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 0307711129
9780307711120
Branch Call Number: CD Children REX
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10 hr., 38 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Turpin, Bahni

Opinion

From Library Staff

A road-trip novel just perfect for a road trip. Possibly orphaned Tip takes her cat, fixes soupcans to her feet so she can drive the family car, and sets off to where she thinks her mother is -- the Happy Mouse Kingdom. But when she picks up J.Lo -- one of the invading alien Boov -- the trip take... Read More »


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Jun 17, 2013
  • JCLOctaviaV rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book you can listen to over and over again and still laugh every time.

May 23, 2013
  • CaraLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is essentially a full-cast audiobook, read by one, incredibly talented voice actor. So very highly recommended!!!

Jan 15, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I did not want to like this sci-fi children's novel. I thought the dialogue was pretentious and long-winded, but once J.Lo and Gratuity seriously got to the business of finding her mother, 7/9 of the way through the book, I became intrigued. I appreciated Rex's attention to diversity and overall liked the themes of acceptance and self-confidence. Really clever young readers will get a kick out of the slam the author makes toward the notion of celebrity.

Jan 06, 2013
  • Lucchesa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Our family listens to a lot of audiobooks, many of them excellent (the whole Harry Potter series narrated by Jim Dale, lots of Full Cast Audio productions, etc.). This is simply the best one we've ever had the pleasure to enjoy. The book is wildly original in the way it Cuisinarts familiar genres - alien invasion blends with buddy road trip. Lots of food for discussion in its themes. Plus it's funny as hell (excuse my language, as Gratuity would say). Then the narrator is brilliant, evoking not only a range of American voices but those of two different alien races as well. We've all started quoting J.Lo, the Boov ("We'll be sneaky agents, like Bond James Bond.") I'm sure Smekday is a great read, but if you have a chance to hear the audiobook, do not miss it.

I agree with this quote from Gin Phillips, author of "Come In & Cover Me" & "The Well & The Mine":

"One way I judge the impact of a book is how its various bits and pieces wangle their way into my daily life. Do certain phrases stick in my head? Am I unable to resist reading it aloud to my husband? Days and weeks after I finish it, am I quoting from it — to my family, to my dog, to an empty kitchen? I read Adam Rex's young adult novel, The True Meaning of Smekday in 2007, and I was immediately hooked on its weird, brilliant vision of an Earth invaded — and later abandoned — by a hostile alien race called the Boov. My whole family liked it so much that reading it out loud soon replaced the Nintendos that usually dominate our car trips." {NPR, February 27, 2012}

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app07 Version gurli Last updated 2014/12/09 10:52