Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine



Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
Published:  June 1, 2012

EXCERPT:
Okay, since you’re here I guess you’re all hot to hear about it, right? About the next big adventure Crosley and me got into. This makes two now, two Programs. That’s what we call them in the Night Buddies and please don’t ask me why that is. They start at bedtime and go all night, but you already know about that if you checked out the first one. And you know why I don’t much go for pineapple cheesecakes anymore, either. Not that there’s anything wrong with pineapple cheesecakes, okay? It’s just that I’ve seen way more of the things than I want to for the next twenty-five years. I’ll be real old then. Me, John (no-middle-initial) Degraffenreidt, your faithful correspondent.
The Program I’m talking about right now started out just like the first one did. That part’s pretty much up to the crocodile on assignment. All I do is go to bed on a night when I really, really don’t want to, and then I just lay there and wait, and Crosley comes crawling out of someplace with his flashlight lit. That’s how he likes to do it, and that’s fine with me.
But hey, let me get going here! So I’m laying there in bed on this night we’re talking about, okay? Wide awake and waiting and waiting for something to happen but nothing ever does.
So I’m starting to worry, right?
"Hey listen, Cros, it’s safe. Mom an’ Dad are both downstairs.”
I waited a pretty long time again.
"Cros —— Are ya there? Crosley —— ?”
Nothing. Dark.
I got up and went over and looked inside the closet and then I looked under the bed.
“Crosley, are ya down there? I really don’t feel like sleepin’ an’ you said —— ”
It was way too dark to see anything, specially under the bed.
"Hey, you promised, Crosley!”
"SNERK! SNK-SNORK!” Rustle!
I grinned really big but you couldn’t see it in the dark.
"Hey Crosley, turn your flashlight on. What’s the matter, you asleep under there? I thought ya said you’d be in the closet.”
"SNERK! WUFF! Say what? FUP! —— Uh, well HELLO there, ol’ Night Buddy o’ mine! How on earth ya been keepin’ yourself? I didn’t think ya was ever gonna come t’ bed!”
It was that voice like a chain saw with the volume knob turned down. Turned down most of the time, I mean.
"Not so loud, Cros. Switch on your flashlight. I can’t see nothin’.”
"Ain’t got no flashlight,” said the chain saw.
"Why not? I thought it was a major part o’ your equipment.”
"Forgot t’ go get a new one. Wait, hang on, lemme crawl out from under here —— ”
I giggled: “You were sleepin’, weren’t ya? That’s why ya didn’t get in the closet —— Oop!




MY THOUGHTS:
A great chapter book and the second book in a series. I plan to slowly read about Crowley and John's adventures with Preschooler and then have him read on his own as he gets older.I would recommend saving this book for when you have time to concentrate...to truly enjoy deciphering the made up language that is explained at the beginning and appears throughout the book.

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.



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AUTHOR BIO:


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
-----I am following Sands on Twitter. :-)

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Sands Hetherington reads from both books in the series.

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