Sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday (my review)
By Adam Rex
Available now from Disney-Hyperion
SMEK FOR PRESIDENT! is a belated sequel to the much-beloved THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. I don't mind Adam Rex waiting until he had a good idea to write a sequel, although I suspect SMEK FOR PRESIDENT! was partially prompted by the imminent release of Home, Dreamworks' animated adaptation of THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. The movie is mentioned within the book itself as a fictionalized version of Tip's adventures, much like what was done in Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries novels after the release of the movie starring Anne Hathaway.
SMEK FOR PRESIDENT! isn't quite as sharp on the social commentary as the original, although it is the perfect time for an election parody as the US presidential election starts to kick into gear. The story starts when Tip and J.Lo (a little human girl and her alien friend) head out to New Boovworld for a holiday - without letting Tip's mom know. What follows is an adventure with the cutest billboard ever (I wish all advertising were so friendly and helpful), time travel, and some rather inept presidential candidates. One of those candidates is Dan Landry, the man who took credit for Tip's accomplishments.
I loved spending time with Tip, J.Lo, and the rest of the returning cast again. Rex knows how to write a hilarious adventure that incorporates real-world issues at a perfect level for the rather young audience. I particularly liked Tip's struggle with the fact that know one knows she saved the Earth. Yeah, she would've saved it anyway, but who doesn't want a little credit?
If you enjoyed THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, don't miss SMEK FOR PRESIDENT! And definitely don't forget to read the book before going to see the movie.