The book easily stands alone from the previous book in the series and the running jokes are easily understood by new readers. Amazingly, someone is going around the burough impersonating the red crocodile that lives under John's bed. The evening's "Program" for the ever-battling-sleep John is to catch the imposter. Colorful characters and high adventure in a flying machine equipped with all the best treats and humorous weaponry.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars, if you are of the right age. :-) 5 stars for me when reading it with children and 3.75 stars on a day when I can't concentrate on the language.
Sands Hetherington credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years. He and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro
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