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Did you know that the major motion picture HOME (in theaters now!) was inspired by a children’s book? Author Adam Rex created a wonderfully imaginative and hilarious story featuring “Tip”, Captain Smek, the Boovs and one fantastic adventure. You and your children are in for a whimsical and exciting journey with these books. True Meaning of Smekday and Smek for President are sure to become bedtime favorites!


It all starts with a school essay.

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 TrueMeaningofSmekDaysending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens—called Boov—abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it “Smekland” (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod?

In any case, Gratuity’s story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity’s mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.

Fully illustrated with “photos,” drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this is a hilarious, perceptive, genre-bending novel from best-selling author Adam Rex.

Read an excerpt from True Meaning of Smekday


And now there is a follow-up book! You are going to love the anticipated sequel – Smek for President!

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 SmekforPresidentengineered 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.

Read an excerpt from Smek for President

Check out these books, snuggle up with your kids, and get ready for a reading adventure! You are going to fall in love with these stories – and your children’s imaginations will be activated! Whether you’ve seen HOME in the theaters or not, you’re going to want to check out these two fun books from author Adam Rex.


Photo Credit: DreamWorks Home (c) 2015 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.

One lucky Chasing Supermom reader is going to WIN!! Here’s what you will receive:

One (1) winner receives:

  • copies of True Meaning of Smekday and Smek for President
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