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Smek for President- a HOME Book and Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Note: I am receiving a matching prize pack in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

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

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

Do your kids love to read? How about being read to? My kids like read aloud time as long as they can color or draw while I’m reading. I bet they would love if I read them the two books: The True Meaning of Smekday, the book that inspired HOME, and Smek for PresidentI know they can’t wait to see the movie HOME. Down below I’m giving away the two books and a $25 Visa Gift Card so you can take your family to see HOME.

© Adam Rex

© Adam Rex


The book that inspired HOME, now a major motion picture!

Read an excerpt from The True Meaning of Smekday

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

© Adam Rex

© Adam Rex


Read an excerpt from 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.

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 engineered 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.


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One (1) winner receives:

  • copies of The True Meaning of Smekday and Smek for President
  • and $25 Visa gift card to see HOME in theaters!

Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney Hyperion

Giveaway open to US addresses only

Smek for President

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    The Kids Love The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  2. Alina Hahn says:

    Our son loves the No David book series.

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    Any curious george books

  4. Mami2jcn says:

    We love “Robert the Rose Horse”.

  5. Janet W. says:

    My grandsons love to read out loud the Pigeon books like Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog.

  6. Julie Wood says:

    We love the book Aqualicious! so much fun to read!

  7. steve weber says:

    Goodnight Moon is their favorite read out loud book.

  8. Tracy Robertson says:

    I work with developmentally disabled adults and one of them loves it when I read him Juevos Verdes Y Hamon (the Spanish version of Green Eggs and Ham). I love it too, because it helps me learn Spanish.

  9. Right now we are on a Dr Suess phase so Horton Hears a Who, One Fish Two Fish, etc…

  10. We really love to read Where the Wild Things Are.

  11. Our favorite is Green Eggs and Ham

  12. Jessica Beard says:

    My son loves Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site.

  13. Betty B. says:

    One fish two fish red fish blue fish is my sons favorite!

  14. shelly peterson says:

    My grandson likes me to read Curious George books, he loves monkeys.

  15. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    My niece loves Goodnight Moon

  16. My daughter loves to read The Velveteen Rabbit.

  17. my kids love a LOT of books. A current fave is a disney bedtime story collection. it is HUGE with lots of stories in it.

  18. Thomas Murphy says:

    My son likes curious george books

  19. Janice Cooper says:

    Dr. Seuss – Green eggs and Ham 🙂

  20. Dawn Monroe says:

    My granddaughters like Hop On Pop and Where the Wild Things Are.

  21. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    There favorite book to read out loud is the little engine that could.

  22. mrsshukra says:

    Madeline is a favorite read aloud book!

  23. Megan Rahn says:

    Jesse loves a variety of books, He likes me to read books I have not read before or not read in a long time. He loves to read himself too.

  24. My daughter loves Fancy Nancy books

  25. My kids enjoy Harry Potter.

  26. It’s called Little Popcorn.

  27. Any Dr. Seuss book

  28. Goodnight construction truck is our all time favorite!

  29. Try Again Sally

  30. Susan Christy says:

    The ABC Dog Show

  31. Cynthia C says:

    My son’s favorite was Swimmy.

  32. I can’t remember what the title of the book was (too many years have gone by). I only remember one phrase from the book “What was that, said Mama Cat”. Funny what we remember….

  33. Margaret Smith says:

    The Rainbow Fish is my sons favorite.

  34. My son loves Hey little ant

  35. Mary Cloud says:

    We always liked to read the Dr. Seuss books

  36. Brittney House says:

    My daughter loves the Amelia Bedelia books.

  37. Denise S says:

    My kids like The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  38. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    The children like Click Clack Moo Cows That Type.

  39. christine j says:

    my daughter loves brown bear brown bear

  40. Ellie Wright says:

    My boys love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books.

  41. Barbara Montag says:

    Favorite book to be read to is Charlotte’s Web.
    They never get tired of it!
    thank you

  42. Emily Smith says:

    My boys love it when I read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

  43. Jessica To says:

    My son has always liked Five Little Monkeys.

  44. A favorite read-along book is Green Eggs and Ham.

  45. Kristi C says:

    My son like the Diary of a Wimpy Kids books.

  46. Tari Lawson says:

    My son loved Anthony the Monster.

  47. Green Eggs and Ham

  48. Cinderella is a favorite to be read out loud.

  49. Brown Bear, Brown Bear

  50. Crystal F says:

    My girls use to love having My Snuggle Puppy read to them. I now sing it to them sometimes when they are asleep. Thank you!!

  51. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    My daughter loves anything Dr. Seuss. If she had to choose she would probably say Green Eggs and Ham.

  52. They love Cat in the Hat.

  53. My daughter loves to read Green Eggs and Ham

  54. Rosanne Morrison says:

    He likes Dr. Seuss “Are You My Mother?”

  55. PuffyBiggler says:

    My child’s favorite read aloud books is Harold and the Purple Crayon. Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Karen Deva says:

    When my son was younger he loved Richard Scarry books.

  57. Ashley C says:

    We love all Dr Seuss books in this house!

  58. My daughter loves the Magic Treehouse Series of books read aloud.

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  59. The Gruffalo!

  60. She loves to read the cat in the hat

  61. A super-tedious book called “What’s Behind the Barn Door?” which she is happy to hear fifteen or twenty times in a row. It got “accidentally” left at Grandma’s house.

  62. Jennifer D says:

    My son loves anything Marvel. Spiderman, Hulk, or Avengers!

  63. My grandson loves for me to read Five Little Monkeys to him.

  64. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day …
    Thanks for the contest.

  65. Rebecca Orr says:

    My kids love when I read A Bad Kitty Christmas out loud to them.

  66. My niece loves to read No, David No by David Shannon. Thank you!

  67. Monique Rizzo says:

    Robert the Rose horse by Dr. Seuss.Thanks for the chance.

  68. Paula Hafner says:

    My son loves to read Hand Hand Finger Thumb. It’s a Dr. Seuss book.

  69. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    My kids favorite book to read out loud is the little engine that could.. They just love making sound effects.

  70. James Robert says:

    My kids like reading all the Dr. Seuss books

  71. My son likes Good Night Moon.

  72. We love anything by Mo Willems!

  73. megan Tilley says:

    She loves any Dr. Seuss book!

  74. Erica B. says:

    Where the Wild Things Are.

  75. kyl neusch says:

    curious george books

  76. Daniel M says:

    the cat in the hat

  77. Green Eggs And Ham

  78. Carolyn Daley says:

    He loves to read the Kohl’s Care line of Disney books including Pixar Cars.

  79. Francine Anchondo says:

    Green eggs and Ham

  80. Tina Reynolds says:

    Right now it is Kitten in the moon and Right Foot Left Foots

  81. Evelyn Goettner says:

    My son loves In a People House.

  82. Susan Smith says:

    My daughter likes The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  83. Stephanie Larison says:

    My daughters fave right now is Hello, Olaf!

  84. She used to like Green Eggs and Ham.

  85. CharityS says:

    My son loves Twice Freed.

  86. Richard Hicks says:

    They love any Dr Seuss story.

  87. My kids favorite are Dr Suess books

  88. Samantha says:

    His is currently The Cat in the Hat by dr. suess!

  89. Laurie Emerson says:

    They both love Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss.

  90. We love Dr. Seuss books, along with Goodnight moon!

  91. The Cat in the Hat

  92. Linda Bradshaw says:

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is their favorite.

  93. Tori norris says:

    My little ones love the see you later alligator puppet book. They always have giggle fits throughout the reading

  94. Right now she’s loving The Day the Crayons Quit

  95. Our favorite read aloud book is “Wild About Books” by Judy Sierra

  96. S. Carter says:

    Right now my godson and I have been reading Where the Wild Things Are

  97. My grandson has been reading a run of reptile books recently.

  98. My boys love Hop on Pop

  99. Trisha McKee says:

    My daughter always loved Good Night Moon.

  100. Melissa Cunningham says:

    Eric Carles hungry hungry catipillar book

  101. Our current favorite is Eloise.

  102. Angela Cisco says:

    When they were younger they enjoyed Cat in the hat

  103. Brian E. says:

    Thank You for the giveaway… our girls always loved hearing “Curious George” read aloud at bedtime.

  104. My daughter likes to read the Weird School books.

  105. Hollie Jahnke says:

    Just me and my dad books.