Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare
Written by: Sands Hetherington
Illustrations by: Jessica Love
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
Pub. Date: June 1, 2012
John Degraffenreidt gets a big surprise after the lights are turned off and his parents shut his bedroom door. A red crocodile wearing a yellow outfit crawls from underneath his bed. Is this crocodile the boogeyman? Or maybe some kind of monster?
Of course not! The crocodile's name is Crosley and he is a secret agent of the Night Buddies, a program for children who have trouble falling to sleep. Crosley needs John's help to solve one of the world's biggest mysteries. Why has the world's only pineapple cheesecake factory stopped making pineapple cheesecakes?
Now John must follow Crosley to the pineapple cheesecake factory to solve the mystery?
Who has ever heard of a red crocodile? In Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare you will find out exactly that! Sands Hetherington has created a hilarious chapter book for kids. I can remember sleepless nights as a child and wondering what was hidden under my bed or in the closet. Luckily, John didn't find any monsters under his bed, just a zany crocodile who takes him on one wild adventure. Parents will have fun reading the book to their younger kids, while older kids will enjoy reading the wackiness by themselves. Night Buddies is cleverly written and has nifty illustrations to go along with it. I recommend it to readers of all ages.
About the Author:
Sands Hetherington, creator of the Night Buddies series of chapter books, credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Together they developed the Crosley crocodile character 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.