Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Review - Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine

Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine
By Sands Hetherington
Publisher:Dune Buggy Press
Pub. Date: February 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-0984741724
Pages: 320


Earlier this year, I reviewed the delightful children's book titled Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare for a book tour, and last month, Bostick Communications and Dune Buggy Press nicely sent me an advanced copy of the sequel in exchange for my honest review.

Crosley, the red crocodile in a yellow jacket and his young friend John Degraffenreidt are back in Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine. Picking up where the first left off, Crosley returns to John's house for their second Night Buddies program. Once again, time is almost still inside the Degraffenredit home, making it easier for John to leave for his new mission along with Crosley as when he returns only a few seconds would have gone by.

Crosley is in shock when he checks into the Night Buddies Headquarters as it seems he had already checked in earlier that night. How could this be? Did he forget that he already checked in?

As Crosley and John investigate, they learn that an impostor has been posing as Crosley and causing a bit of chaos all across Borough. To solve the mystery they must rely on old friends and take a ride on an out of this world flying machine.

The second installment in the Night Buddies series is over twice as long as the first and has a more outrageous plot too. Crosley and his friends occasionally use odd words, such as Yigg! (Oh no! Rats!); Redolent (Smelly); Har? (What? Huh?); and Yerk! Yerk! (Ha! Ha!). The author does this deliberately so young readers will take their time to read the words out loud. Even though the book is aimed for children, adults will enjoy reading about John and Crosley's fun adventures. Overall, I more than enjoyed reading Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine and I recommend it to readers of all ages.

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