Parents' Guide to

The True Meaning of Smekday

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Alien invasion is comical and fun, but too long.

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age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

Excellent! A ton of fun

A great read. The story flows nicely, great characters, and all around fun. Some very mild language, but clean overall.
age 10+


I recommend this book to people who like science fiction because it to do with aliens and unrealistic technology. The true meaning of Smekday has many puzzles to solve. The book was really long but, felt really short. It's guaranteed to make you laugh. Thumbs up!!!

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This is good, silly fun. It's the kind of story in which the main characters bicker over a walkie-talkie about what to call their plan (Operation: Catastrophe vs. Operation: Piggyback, both puns) even while running and being shot at by marauding alien monsters. And the evil alien monsters love fighting and musical theater, and "fought one another in a three-hundred-year-old civil war that is believed to have started over a parking space." You know, the kind of goofy, off-the-wall humor that many kids think is just hilarious.

Illustrated with a few comic strips (could have used more of those) and other drawings, the book bogs down in places, and would have benefitted from a firmer editorial hand: lopping off about 150 pages would have done the story no harm and done more to hold the interests of the kind of kids who will be drawn to something like this. Still, this will be a popular choice for fans of Terry Pratchett and Larry Gonick, and, with its abundance of strange creatures, whacky scenes, and silly accents and voices, it should make a great read-aloud.

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