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The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
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Mar 16, 08

bookshelves: mid-grade-fiction, books-that-made-me-cry
Read in March, 2008

It took me a bit to get into this one, but perhaps that was because I picked it up 100% convinced it was going to be my new favorite book in the world before I read a single character. As soon as J.Lo appeared I was HOOKED. His Balki-an charm, urinal cake eating habits, and hysterical integrated "The History of the Boov" mini-comics won me over in no time. I've been a fan of Rex's picture books for years with a lovely collection of signed books on my shelf, each one received while I was red-faced and mutter-y at the face of THE REX, and each one awesome. I think everyone in the world should read this book if only for the broom closet joke (which made me laugh much longer than I should have) and the lovely map of the "new united states" which is simply Arizona with a large Texas-shaped middle. Rex's illustrations are particularly at their best here and Gratuity is a unique and likable narrator. Like the sap I am, I teared up happily at the last line. Man I think I need to make a bookshelf for things that made me cry! I'm pathetic, but this book, this book is pretty darn fantastic.
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