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For young John Degraffenreidt, a sleepless night is no reason to fret when tossing and turning in bed brings a bright red crocodile named Crosley out from under his bed. Night Buddies like Crosley promise an evening of adventure to any not-tired-yet kid—and tonight is no different! Out of bed, and into the city, John embarks on a one-of-a-kind program with his crocodile pal. It seems like Cros is a one-of-a-kind individual—that is, until red crocs start popping up all over the city, creating confusion, committing...
For young John Degraffenreidt, a sleepless night is no reason to fret when tossing and turning in bed brings a bright red crocodile named Crosley out from under his bed. Night Buddies like Crosley promise an evening of adventure to any not-tired-yet kid—and tonight is no different! Out of bed, and into the city, John embarks on a one-of-a-kind program with his crocodile pal. It seems like Cros is a one-of-a-kind individual—that is, until red crocs start popping up all over the city, creating confusion, committing crimes, and causing Crosley to go bananas at the sight of them. The impostors must be stopped, and Night Buddies John and Crosley are just the guys to stop them! Racing blimp stakeouts high in the sky, impostor traps organized with the help of friend, and a never ending supply of pineapple cheesecake frozen yogurt make for one totally super sleepless night.
Posted March 2, 2013
My favorite red crocodile Crosley is back in a new adventure! John is having trouble sleeping again. Crosley comes and takes John on another “program” (or adventure). Crosley is part of a secret agency that helps kids who can’t fall asleep at night. Crosley is a Night Buddie. John and Crosley start out on the adventure, but there is a problem. Crosley starts getting blamed for all kinds of things he isn’t doing. Crimes are being committed and Crosley is getting blamed! Soon John and Crosley find out some red crocodile IMPOSTERS are responsible for all the wrong-doing! The friends need to stop the imposters, get John a good night’s sleep and keep Crosley out of jail!
This is a great sequel to the first book in this series. I love the idea of the Night Buddies, a secret agent program to help kids get tired and go to sleep. The book had lots of humor in it and it is appropriate for kids of all ages. Even though the story has crimes being committed, they are things like stealing mothballs, creating messes, and other silly stuff. John and Crosley are great characters and they are fun to read about. Crosley’s brother, Crenwinkle, is actually met in this book and he is another great character. I especially like him because he is an inventor. Some parents may not like the purposely misspelled words and made up words (Crosley speaks very unusually), but I liked it and thought it really made Crosley have a cool personality. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
NOTE** The publisher sent me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 21, 2013
Night Buddies, Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine, by Sands Hetherington and illustrated by Jessica Love, is the second in the “Night Buddies” series. The book’s main characters, Crosley, a bright red crocodile, and John, a boy who has trouble sleeping, have adventures, called Programs, at night with Night Buddies Amalgamated and other night-time characters. There are all night drugstores, all night emporiums, and other all night enterprises and activities. It has talking animals, magical contraptions, doodads, I-D gimcrack cards, whatchamacallits, a dingus, talk tokens -- not to mention racing blimps. Plus you’ll enjoy the special language and dialect conventions: Yerk! Yerk! Ut! Ut! Yigg! Snerk! Snerf! Jeeks! Uk! Gruk! Wush! Gak!
The series was first conceived by Sands Hetherington and his son John at bedtime as an extension of their bedtime story time. They continued to develop the concept into the Night Buddy stories – adventures for kids who are reluctant to go to bed. Eventually Sands wrote them down in the Night Buddies series. The first book in the series is Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare.
The stories seem nonsensical, but they actually make perfect sense, especially to kids with imaginations. You know how creative kids can be when they want to or don’t want to do something. If they don’t want to go to bed, then tell them a story about the awesome adventures they’ll have once they’re in bed.
Perhaps they’ll be visited by a bright red crocodile with a passion for Pineapple Cheesecake or Crusted Crème Fro-Madge frozen yogurt. Crosley might take you on an adventure like he takes John. Maybe you’ll travel all over the city, meeting the night folks, solving mysteries, fighting crime, having fun adventures with magical doodads and such. Jessica Love’s whimsical and fun black and gray on white illustrations are appropriate to this night time series -- though your imagination readily brings the characters to life.
This “Night Buddies” story is fast-paced, easy to read, and holds your attention. You’ll easily fall in with the “lingo” and enjoy the characters you meet, like Fast Fanny Farnsworth, Crenwinkle from Headquarters, and Officer Finnegan on Elmer. There’s plenty of silliness to appeal to kids – especially reluctant boy readers and girls who like things exciting and even a little bit “gross” at times.
Parents and teachers will enjoy the word choices and expressions, such as antidotes, caterwaul, excelsior, farcical, guts and glory, marauders, purloined, and also alliterations like: real red rump, holy hamhocks, brown blimp, black bottom, and so on. This is one fun book to read out loud with children. They will enjoy listening to it and probably will want to read it to you, too. Sands Hetherington is already working on the third Night Buddies story and enjoys reading them to his grand children.
Posted February 4, 2013
Do you know what an imposter is? In this second book of a new series, John (no initial) Degraffenreidt, the young city kid who isn’t ready for bed yet, and his friend Crosley, a red crocodile, fresh from having solved the missing pineapple cheesecake scare, take on a new all-night “program,” according to their “Night Buddies” contract, in which the two borrow a really neat red-hot racing blimp to investigate vandalism that’s being done all over town by a red crocodile. Could it actually be Crosley himself, or is it an impostor? And what kind of zany adventures will John and Cros have trying to find out?
With the help of Cros’s brother Crenwinkle, several other friends like Rodney Oglesby the hot dog vendor, Fanny Farnsworth of the All-Night Racing Blimp Emporium, Finnegan the policeman and his horse Elmer, and big huge Lonnie who sells pineapple cheesecakes, plus a number of zoo animals such as Muriel the buffalo, Barry the gorilla, Ollie the baboon, and Brojus the rhinoceros, the two Night Buddies delve into another case of crime in the Borough. Young readers will not only enjoy the predicaments in which John and his buddy find themselves, but also be introduced to such words as purloin, nuance, hyperbole, and euphony (there is a glossary to help explain them). Night Buddies, Book 2: Imposters, and One Far-Out Flying Machine is a fun and satisfying story for kids of all ages who like to read mysteries.