Thursday, August 18, 2022

#tbt: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. 432 p. Originally published by Hyperion/ Disney, 2007.

Happy Thursday! I will be back at school in exactly two weeks for two days of PD before the students return on the day after Labor Day. Boy, this summer flew by!

#tbt features The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. It's a bit difficult to summarize this loopy sci-fi adventure and make sense. The story is an assignment that twelve-year-old Gratuity, "Tip" Tucci has to submit for a time capsule. Planet Earth has been invaded by the Boovs, led by Captain Smek. Christmas has been renamed Someday. Tip's mother has been abducted and the rest of humanity is being relocated to Florida. Tip eludes the Boov and decides to drive a car to Florida with her cat, Pig to rescue her mother. She meets a renegade Boov named J.Lo along the way and together they must figure out a way to save the newly occupied planet from yet another alien invasion. 

This illustrated, plot-driven book is filled with word-play and is often laugh-out-loud funny. It was published in 2007 and named a School Library Journal Best Book. It was optioned for film in 2008 and finally released in 2015 under the name, Home. However, many changes were made to the story, including renaming J.Lo due to legal reasons. The audiobook is brilliantly performed by Bahni Turpin, but be sure to also look at the print copy for the visual humor as well. Happy reading!

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