The True Meaning of Smekday: the book that inspired HOME

I received a matching prize pack. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

Have you seen the new HOME movie? It turns out, it was based on a book titled The True Meaning of Smekday and it all started with a school essay.

HOME film reading Smekday

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

About The True Meaning of Smekday

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 sending 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.

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

The True Meaning of Smekday is fully illustrated with “photos,” drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences. It’s a great read to enjoy at bedtime with the kids, and to take on family outings to read on the road.

Once you finish The True Meaning of Smekday, you and your family can enjoy the sequel – Smek for President. 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.

READ AN EXCERPT FROM Smek for President

Both of these books are a fun read, and will make for great conversations as they compare the film HOME to the books.

To celebrate this two books, we are happy to be giving away a prize pack that includes both books and a $25 VISA gift card so you can enjoy HOME at a theater near you.


To enter for a chance to win this prize pack, simply leave a comment below telling us what you like most about these books.

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Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney Hyperion Giveaway open to US addresses only

Smek for President by Adam Rex

Adam Rex is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich.  His other books include Pssst!MoondayThe True Meaning of SmekdayFat Vampire, and Cold Cereal. He also illustrated the Brixton Brothers series, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem, and Chloe and the Lion, all by Mac Barnett and Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit him at or follow him on Twitter @MrAdamRex.

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14 comments on The True Meaning of Smekday: the book that inspired HOME

  1. Mami2jcn
    April 17, 2015 at 10:56 am (3 years ago)

    I like the illustrations.

  2. Mami2jcn
    April 17, 2015 at 10:57 am (3 years ago)

    I subscribe to the Youtube channels as Mary F.

  3. Patricia
    April 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the story line. My kids would love this.

  4. Kelly D
    April 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I like that these books encourage kids to use their imaginations.

  5. Kelly D
    April 19, 2015 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I subscribed to the youtube channels(Kelly D)

  6. Julie Wood
    April 20, 2015 at 7:46 am (3 years ago)

    I like the imagination that these books have that take a child through an exciting adventure to save planet Earth!

  7. Julie Wood
    April 20, 2015 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

    I subscribe to both channels Name Julie Wood

  8. betty
    April 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm (3 years ago)

    me gustan mucho los libros al igual que m hija , este esmuy lindo me encantaria poder tenerlo

  9. betty
    April 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm (3 years ago)

    suscrita a los canales como betty moreno

  10. Janice R.
    April 22, 2015 at 11:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the illustrations and messages of the books.

  11. Linda
    April 23, 2015 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

    I like the stories the most. I think kids will really love them.

  12. Susan Christy
    April 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the illustrations.

  13. Bo
    April 29, 2015 at 11:57 am (3 years ago)

    I love the illustrations! So creative!

  14. Bo
    April 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I subscribe to both Youtube channels!


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