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Smek for president!
Rex, Adam, author, illustrator.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Gratuity Tucci and her alien friend, J.Lo, journey to New Boovworld, one of Saturn's moons, to clear J.Lo's name after a string of misunderstandings"--
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.7 7.0 172195.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.4 13 Quiz: 65473.
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In this much anticipated sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday , Tip and J.Lo are back for another hilarious intergalactic adventure. And this time (and last time, and maybe next time), they want to make things right with the Boov.

After Tip and J.Lo banished the Gorg from Earth in a scheme involving the cloning of many, many cats, the pair is notorious-but not for their heroics. Instead, human Dan Landry has taken credit for conquering the Gorg, and the Boov blame J.Lo for ruining their colonization of the planet. Determined to clear his name, J.Lo and Tip pack into Slushious, a Chevy that J.Lo has engineered into a fairly operational spaceship, and head to New Boovworld, the aliens' new home on one of Saturn's moons.

But their welcome isn't quite as warm as Tip and J.Lo would have liked. J.Lo is dubbed Public Enemy Number One, and Captain Smek knows that capturing the alien is the only way he'll stand a chance in the Boovs' first-ever presidential election.

With the help of a friendly flying billboard named Bill, a journey through various garbage chutes, a bit of time travel, and a slew of hilarious Boovish accents, Tip and J.Lo must fight to set the record straight-and return home in once piece.

Author Notes

Adam Rex received a BFA from the University of Arizona. His first picture book, The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, was published in 2003. His works include Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, The True Meaning of Smekday, and Fat Vampire.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In Rex's madcap follow-up to his alien invasion novel The True Meaning of Smekday (2007), 13-year-old Gratuity (aka Tip) agrees to take a secret trip with her alien friend, J.Lo, to Saturn to visit New Boovworld. A pariah for accidentally betraying the Boov during their invasion of Earth, J.Lo (a Boov himself) hopes to clear his name with their leader, Captain Smek. Almost immediately the plan backfires. Smek, who is in the midst of a political campaign, decides that capturing J.Lo would earn him more votes than pardoning him. An escape attempt separates the friends, leaving J.Lo in custody and Tip on the lam and on rescue detail. With the story narrated by Gratuity, humor abounds in her tone, the plot high jinks, the low gravity, and J.Lo's stumbling English: Ha! This is one of those humansjokes I do not get? Illustrations and comic spreads enhance the already entertaining narrative and add to its adventurous feel. Light political satire mixes with action, death rays, and time travel, making this book a smart, fun ride.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Having saved the world in The True Meaning of Smekday (2007), Tip Tucci and her alien sidekick, J.Lo, decide to seek adventure on the new homeworld of the extraterrestrial Boov, located on a moon of Saturn. Upon their arrival on New Boovworld, Tip and J.Lo learn that the Boov are hosting their first democratic election and quickly get embroiled in the race for the Boov Oval Office. Captain Smek faces off against the human Dan Landry, who took credit for Tip and J.Lo's world-saving plot from the previous book. Rex's humorous wordplay and insightful satire remain on full display (on the whole enterprise of elections, J.Lo observes, "I have been watching the Americans. You like to think you decide things, but you only ever decide not to change. Because you are afrightened of change. You are the man who likes a big menu but always orders hamburgers"). Inventive language, a smart and resourceful heroine, and an unerring sense of fun all contribute to a playful, action-packed sequel. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Tip Tucci's alien friend, J.Lo, regrets having alerted the Gorg that the Boov went to Earth, and he wants to make amends. Things don't go as planned. Smek is running for president in the first Boov election. To impress his fellow aliens, Smek denounces J.Lo and puts him under arrest. Tip escapes by jumping down a garbage chute where she meets Fun Size, a garbage collector and inventor. She frees J.Lo from prison, but clearing his name and getting home prove more challenging. This funny and frenetic offering can stand alone, but those who read The True Meaning of Smekday will derive more satisfaction. Narrator Bahni Turpin gives a fully voiced performance, distinguishing aliens with their unique Boovish inflections, but also creates myriad sound effects when characters are sucked in or spit out of alien mechanisms. VERDICT Fast paced and zany, this work will appeal to sci-fi fans and those who love action adventure and a good laugh.-C.A Fehmel, St. Louis County Library, MO © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.