The True Meaning of Smekday (Smek #1)
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 sp ...more
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J-Lo, the alien character is charming, and I wish he could be my own friend. Rex put a lot of emotion into that lovable squat fireplug, and my only "J-Lo" related dismay is that while readers of this book might know that J-Lo named h ...more
"This is the bestest book in the whole widest world!!!" - Felix, The Other New York Review of Books
"Two thumbs up! Way up or this one!" - Roger Fleabert & Gene Whiskel, At the Libraries
I leave it to the reader of this review to go and find out why the cat world raves about this book, and I'll leave it to Steve's and Ceridwen's reviews to clinch the intention to read this funny, touching and intelligent book.
For my part, I'm going to send this off to my nieces ASAP as ...more
The store had since been bought out by an older couple, but they had maintained its comfortable, cozy charm. Nothing had changed since I'd last visited, and that meant more to me than anything in the world. I'd be heartbroken if anything was diffe ...more
I think I'm going to memorize this line. And next time someone asks me a question I don't want to answer, I'm gonna hit 'em with the Boov.
Smekday is funny, silly, and entertaining. Gratuity/Tip is a terrific heroine, spunky and anxious and bold. But my favorite character was J.Lo. Who knew Boov could be so big-hearted? (Plus, who knew urinal cakes were apparently so delicious?)
Although it's a bit long for a read-aloud, I ca ...more
Somewhere on GoodReads, I saw a description of a book (don't recall which one) as "it's like a friend's little brother--he's really funny and entertaining for a little while, and then you want him to go away." Tha ...more
This is the best, funniest allegory for Manifest Destiny, colonialism, and privilege that you will ever, ever read. Yes, there are cartoons. Yes, there is an entire page that is only the word "meow" repeated. Yes, the a ...more
This book has all sorts of elements which I normally hate, from cutesy pop culture references to heavy-handed messages ("colonialism is bad") to mocking Disneyland (easy target). Amazingly, I loved it a ...more
OMG. OMG OMG my feels, I can't. This is hilarious and sad and wonderful and quirky. I giggled, I sniffled, I gasped. I got my feels everywhere, which doesn't happen for just any old book.
Basically, if you are a sucker for very brave, very angry little girls; if two people tentatively reaching out from opposite sides of a war and a language barrier and a lot of ...more
Solicité este libro para reseña porque (y sonará un poco superfluo) me encantó la portada, lo cual me hizo leer la sinopsis y desear leerlo. Lo inicié y me estaba encantando así que fui al cine a ver Home, la película y la amé, reí y casi lloré y me la viví intentando hablar como el Buv :D Lo sé, es raro, a mi edad, pero me encantó como no se imaginan, de modo que tomé el libro de nuevo y lo terminé rapidísimo. ¿Y saben qué? La película y el libro son completamente diferentes.
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El libro es muy gracioso, tiene momentos de lo más surrealista y extraños, además Buv es una monada y su forma de hablar junto con sus ocurrencias y errores me hacían reír mucho.
El final me ha sorprendido, sobretodo la viñeta, este autor tiene un toque único. Asique lo recomiendo mucho.
Una aventura llena de momentos graciosos y una gran compañía. Acompaña a estos peculiares personajes en su lucha contra los otros extraterrestres invasores.
Everybody loves this, and I love it, too. Gratuity Tucci is a charming, believable narrator. I loved what the alien J.Lo did with the English language ("Oh yes, I am supposing I should have told you everything, liketo you were telling me everything?"). I loved the characters and the insights and the fabulous sense of place.
Did anyone but me really want to go to Happy Mouse Kingdom? It went way beyond be ...more
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Why do kids get all of the best books? This book was absolutely delightful.
An eleven year old girl named Gratuity and her cat named Pig join up with a lost alien named J.Lo to save the world from worse aliens. The writing style was hilarious, though I couldn't put my finger on why this style of satirical writing delights me while the style of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" annoyed me.
Anyway, I loved this and would ...more
I love Tip, I love the alien races, I love the humor, I love the edges hidden inside the humor. I love all the characters, particularly J.Lo, hapless alien repairperson and brave friend to Ti ...more
There is so much going on in this book. I love that Adam Rex made the whole package. The illustrations, the text, even the dang cover.
I love the theme of chosen fami ...more
This is my favorite road-trip-with-aliens adventure (and I've read a few). If you were about to pick up Going Bovine, put that honker down (gently, it's heavy) and read this instead. This also gets an A+ for consistent and amusing fictional dialect, a winner for language buffs and fans of The Phantom Tollbooth. And congrats to you for the Iowa Children's Ch ...more
Here's the deal: the Boov invade earth. The tell humans that they all have to move to certain parts of Earth so that the Boov can have the rest (Americans get to move to Florida) and they sign treaties to show they're serious about their promises. Only they end up liking Florida, so all the Americans have to move to Arizona. The Boov reckon humans can have that forever. Maybe.
(A children's book with an allegory for the colonization of Native lands? Be still my heart!)
Amid all t ...more
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Even as it came out of my mouth, I knew it sounded dumb. Dumb, I thought and maybe even wrong.
You...are a boy, aren't you?' I asked. 'I mean, don't take that the wrong way or anything -'
J.Lo is a boy, yes.' I let that go.
So...you Boov have boys and girls...just like us?'
Of course,' said J.Lo. 'Do not be ridicumlous.'
I smiled a wan little smile. 'Sorry.'
The Boov have seven magnificent genders. There is boy, girl, girlboy, boygirl, boyboy, boyboygirl, and boyboyboyboy.'
I had absolutely no response to this.”
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.”