Friday, March 07, 2008

The True Meaning of Smekday

I'm a fan of The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex, which happens to be 2007 Cybils winner for Fantasy & Science Fiction Winner for Elementary/Middle Grade children. It's a buddy road-trip story that has alien invasions (two of them!), plenty of illustrations, a Boov-modified hovercar, a brutally humorous indictment of Manifest Destiny, and... what, you want more reasons? Here are 10 more.

Even though it's been around for awhile, I still laugh over the Boov training video for humans to adjust to life after the invasion. You can see it here. Good news! Humans now only have three months to remember instead of those confusing twelve.

P.S. Sam Riddleburger, have you read this book yet? I think the book just bellows your name.


TadMack said...

I don't often get to author websites, so this is new to me, and oh, my GOSH that horrifying training video is hilarious!

MotherReader said...

I finished it, gave it to my husband, he finished it and gave it to our 6th grade daughter. So far we all love it. LOVE IT! We're arguing over who gets to review it for the blog.

I didn't even think to explore the website though, so thanks for that tip.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

TadMack: I can't help but wish for more, though that's just greedy.

MotherReader: You're welcome. I'm so glad it was recognized by the Cybils.

Lone Star Ma said...

I think I have this book on order.

abcgirl said...

i love this book! i hadn't seen the website yet. what a crack-up. i'm so pleased that someone officially recognized what an excellent book it is. isn't it nice when a funny book can have underlying deep messages and can be enjoyed on so many different levels? i wanted to use it for Favoreads this year (a "best of" type summer thing for kids to vote on), but it needs to be in paperback to be considered and the paperback isn't out yet. maybe next year.