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Book Title: Happy Smekday oder der Tag, an dem ich die Welt retten musste|
The author of the book: Adam Rex
ISBN 13: 9783764150259
Edition: Ueberreuter Verlag
Date of issue: February 13th 2014
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 538 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.9
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Before reading Adam Rex’s delicious banquet of pop culture skewers dipped in saucy social commentary and served alongside a heaping helping of warm, filling comfort food, the phrase "I love J.LO" had NEVER been part of my working vocabulary. Well folks…*burp*…I love J.LO. Now, I’m not referring to "Ms. Diva from the Block junky trunk", but rather the sweetest, charmingest, most Booviful Boov ever to invade Earth in search of oranges and urinal cakes:
Smekday is definitely a feel gooder with smarts. The story is structured as an essay entitled “The True Meaning of Smekday” being written by 11 year old Gratuity Tucci (aka Tip) for a contest. The winner of the contest will have their essay placed in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years. Because of her unique experiences during the Boov invasion, Gratuity decides to write her essay so that future kids will understand what really happened.
The essay begins by describing the Christmas invasion of Earth by the Boov. Upon taking over Earth, the Boov rename it Smekland after their leader, Captain Smek. The day of the invasion (i.e., Christmas) is renamed Smekday…hence the title of the book.
Following the invasion, all humans in America are required to relocate to Florida on “Moving Day.” The parallel to our treatment of Native Americans is very intentional and well done. 'Noble Savages of Earth,' [Captain Smek] said. 'Long time we have tried to live together in peace.' (It had been five months.) 'Long time have the Boov suffered under the hostileness and intolerableness of you people. With sad hearts I now concede that Boov and humans will never to exist as one.'
I remember being really excited at this point. Could I possibly be hearing right? Were the Boov about to leave? I was so stupid.
'And so now I generously grant you Human Preserves - gifts of land that will be for humans forever, never to be taken away again, now…So that's when we Americans were given Florida. One state for three hundred million people. There were going to be some serious lines for the bathrooms. Well it turns out Gratuity’s mom, who disappeared prior to the invasion, was actually abducted by the Boov and so Tip heads off to Florida hoping that her mom will be there. Now Tip loves to drive (yes, she is only 11 but she has mad driving skills) and so rather than be transported by the aliens, she decides to make her own way to Florida.
This decision is total sweetness for us, the reader, because that leads to Gratuity quickly meeting up with the aforementioned J.Lo and the two travel together across America where zaniness and madcapery ensue. Much of the fun (as well as the problems they run into) stem from Tip and J.Lo not being able to communicate effectively as a result of both language and cultural difference. YOU have no room to laugh, that's all. I'm not doing any worse with Boovish than you did with English.
‘Get off of the car,' J.Lo huffed. 'I am an English superstar.'
Uh-uh. There's no comparison. 'Gratuity' in written Boovish has seventeen different bubbles that all have to be the right size and in the right place. 'J.Lo' in written English only has three letters, and you still spelled it 'M-smiley face-pound sign.’ I had a lot of fun with this. In fact, I may have had such an enjoy on that I missed some of Rex’s subtle social commentary. No matter, I definitely intend to read/listen to this with my two daughters (6 and 11) and so will have a chance to pick up on anything I missed. By the way, the daddy/daughters re-read may definitely lead to a ratings up tick.
In the meantime, this is a quality, quality children’s book that adults should enjoy as much as their kids. If you are still not convinces, I will leave you with the two stars of the book breaking down the 10 reasons why you should read this. Enjoy!!
3.5 stars. RECOMMENDED!!
P.S. I really enjoyed listening to the audio version of this story performed by Bahni Turpin. Her narration was like a one woman stage play, greatly enhancing the pleasure factor. I highly recommend it for fans of audio books.
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Read information about the authorAdam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. And later in life he was drawn down to Tucson in order to hone his skills, get a BFA from the University of Arizona, and meet his physicist wife Marie (who is both the smart and cute one).
Adam is nearsighted, bad at all sports, learning to play the theremin, and usually in need of a shave. He can carry a tune, if you don't mind the tune getting dropped and stepped on occasionally. He never remembers anyone's name until he's heard it at least three times. He likes animals, spacemen, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, monsters, puppets, comic books, 19th century art, skeletons, bugs, and robots.
Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.