Sunday 31 May 2015

Night Buddies Go Sky High--Book Review

  • Series: Night Buddies
  • Author: Sands Hetherington
  • Illustrator: Jessica Love
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dune Buggy Press (March 16, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984741739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984741731

From the Back Cover:
Young John Degraffenreidt and his red crocodile buddy, Crosley, show up at the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory and find Big Foot Mae lying on the floor, staring up at her Great Star Puzzle on the ceiling. Crosley only wants a new supply of pineapple cheesecakes, but what Mae points to on her ceiling will start the Night Buddies on a totally new fantasy adventure. A suspicious white dot has passed through the Corkscrew Constellation and is now moving underneath the Hound Dog Stars. Across the Borough, Crosley s brother Crenwinkle sees the same curious speck in the sky. It looks to be a long night for sleepyhead John, but thanks to the time spreader dingus with its sleep retardant setting, he gets right into their next escapade. Join the Night Buddies as they embark on another Program, this time taking them all the way into the stratosphere in their racing blimp.

What I Thought:
What do you do when an iguana gang member in a black undershirt breaks into you room in the middle of the night, spits up brown juice on your floor, looking for a fight? Why, you face off in a duel with cans of green spray paint until your red crocodile friends bursts out of the closet threatening the iguana with a menacing pineapple cheesecake, which sends the iguana packing.

This is the tone of the whole book and it is hilarious. Night Buddies Go Sky High is an imaginative, non-stop, funny adventure that had me chuckling on every page. The characters are well developed and the plot keeps the story going at a good pace. The different font sizes of some of the typed words jump out at the reader to add interest to the story. And there's a really funny list of "Night Buddies Uncommon Words" such as:
Loggie: Big gob of spit
Cogitate: To think hard (crocodile weasel word). 

The black and white pencil-drawn illustrations throughout the book are well done and a great addition to the story.

The ending did leave some loose ends for me. Overall, it is a really good book that kids will have fun reading. 

My review of Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare:

   About the Author

Sands Hetherington is a single dad, world traveler, and lifelong learner who turned his son's idea for a bedtime story into a 7-time award-winning children's book series. He enjoys writing, storytelling, and taking care of favorite 4-legged friends. Sands has an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English from UNC-Greensboro.

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