Smek for President by Adam Rex is the sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday, and it's just as hilarious and fun as its predecessor.
been a couple of years since Gratuity "Tip" Tucci and her alien pal
J.Lo saved the world, and adjusting to everyday life has not been easy
for them. J.Lo would like to visit the other Boov, now happily settled
on one of Saturn's moons, but he (yes, J.Lo is male) is still persona
non grata with the Boov. Tip, meanwhile, is chafing under her mom's new
and improved parenting style and wishing for a little of the freedom she
enjoyed back in her world-saving days. Determined to go to New
Boovworld and explain his role in saving the Earth to Captain Smek, J.Lo
modifies Slushious, their flying car, for space travel. He and Tip head
for New Boovworld . . . without Tip's mother's knowledge or permission.
Of course, when they arrive, things don't go exactly as planned. Smek,
struggling through a grueling presidential race, decides to imprison
J.Lo as a political move to boost his popularity. Tip escapes, but now
she is lost on a strange planet with no way home and no idea how to help
her friend. Can Tip rescue J.Lo and get home? And what will her mother
say about the whole situation?
I really love The True Meaning of Smekday (which is, by the way, the basis for the animated movie Home
which comes out this spring). This sequel has the same delightful humor
and touches of deeper social commentary, though the plotting in this
volume is perhaps not quite as tight. Still, I read the whole book in
two big gulps, and I hope that someday we'll see more of Tip and J.Lo.
(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)