Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Review: Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare

About the Book: Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is the first in a series featuring John, a young city kid who isn't ready for bed yet, and Crosley, a bright-red crocodile who shows up in his room to rescue him and take him on an adventure.

Night Buddies is an astonishing and inventive adventure with unforgettable cast of characters that will make you laugh and win over your heart. The book has lots of thoughtful, multi-layered twists, giggles, and perils -- things kids can relate to and enjoy.  

Publisher: Dune Buggy Press; One edition (June 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0984741712
ISBN-13: 978-0984741717

Overall Thoughts:
Sands Hetherington’s book is called an after lights-out adventure story. Why? Because not all the fun and excitement begins until John’s parents turn the lights out and tell him to go to bed. However, like many kids, John isn’t ready for bed so when Crosley the unusually red crocodile shows up from under his bed, John is more than ready to embark on a nighttime adventure.

The unforgettable characters, language and astonishing imaginative details make this nighttime adventure one any child at heart will enjoy; Crosley even as an inventive collection of magical whatchamacallits that does something to help them on their “Official Night Buddies Program.”

I am sure there will be some random set of parents who might not like how John and Crosley sneak out of John’s house using the “I-ain’t-here-doodad,” which makes them invisible to anyone looking as this might encourage children to get out of bed at night. Not to worry, the story is full of chasing down enemies and cleaning up one mess after another as they solve the pineapple cheesecake mystery, and what kid wants to clean a mess up after sneaking out of bed? So if you’re a parent worried about your kids getting ideas, just remind them about all the work they’ll be doing if they sneak out instead of a fun exciting adventure. I’m sure that will keep them tucked in safe and sound.

I also want to point out there are a lot of hidden morals and message for readers throughout the book from proper grammar to being aware of allergies. Sands Hetherington does a wonderful job sharing these points in a fun, wacky way. For example, Crosley is allergic to water and needs to be careful not to get wet or he’ll end up doing the Black Bottom dance for hours. Crosley also has medication (black pills) he has to take to help with his allergy, however, there is a side effect to the pills, but Crosley explains it is better than doing the Black Bottom if he gets wet. 

Another interesting feature to the book is the fonts. They change with emotion and circumstance, giving every page a little interest to keep the child’s eye involved in the book. And just to make sure the youngsters reading this book have the inside information for a mystery, a glossary of ‘Night Buddies Uncommon Words’ is supplied – explaining ‘Jeeks’, ‘Wuff’, ‘Snerk!’ etc — all of which are in the different fonts to let the reader know it is a Night Buddies Uncommon Word.

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About the Author: 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.

About the Illustrator: Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC.
Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist.

The World of Ink Network will be touring author Sands Hetherington’s nighttime adventure for kids, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare published by Dune Buggy Press all through July and August 2012. You can find out more about Sands Hetherington’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

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Next few stops on Sands Hetherington's WOI Tour:

July 3rd
Sweeping the USA—Spotlight

July 4th
Pete Abela Interview

July 5th
The Writing Mama – Spotlight

July 6th
Home School Blogger - Book Review

July 8th
Utah Children's Writer Blog – Spotlight

July 9th
BTR’s World of Ink Network: Stories for Children Show
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