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

 
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Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine is a fun work of fiction for kids that should keep them wondering till the last page. While it may be easier to start the series with the first book, it’s relatively easy to follow along with the story even if this is your first introduction to the Night Buddies. Author Sands Hetherington has done a great job of appealing both to kids’ love of adventure and animals at the same time.

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Posted February 12, 2013 by

 
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John and Crosley are back, and this time it’s Crosley himself who needs saving.

The Night Buddies are a fictional network of animals and people who support the adventures of kids who really don’t want to go to sleep. Created by author Sands Hetherington and his son during their nightly bedtime routine, the Night Buddies were first introduced in Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare. This second book in the series brings back Crosley, a pineapple cheesecake loving red crocodile, and his buddy John (who really doesn’t want to go to sleep).

The Night Buddies use a series of magical inventions that do things like slow down time and get in anywhere that allow them to go out into the city at night on their “Programs”. Their Night Buddy status also allows them to get things for free, like subway tokens and racing blimps – and of course, cheesecake. This is John and Crosley’s second program, and as they start out on their adventure, things seem odd right from the start. Some people mention how they’ve just seen Crosley, while others are just plain mad at him. What is going on here? Well, it’s up to John and Crosley to find out, and they’ll need all of the resources of Night Buddies Amalgamated to catch the impostors and clear Crosley’s good name.

Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine has all the right pieces for a great kids’ book: talking animals, cool inventions, and fun. Perhaps because Sands Hetherington’s son played such a big part in creating the characters, it really does seem to capture the sense of fun that young boys so love, while at the same time catering to their fantasies of not really having to go to bed. The Night Buddies only come to visit on nights that kids really don’t want to go to bed, but do it anyway. If you’re an 8-10 year old boy, sneaking out on an adventure while parents sit unaware is about as cool as it gets.

At the same time, Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine does have some teaching moments in it as well. Crosley and John are kind and compassionate, even to their tormentors. And while most of the characters’ dialogue is written in a very colloquial style, Crosley often sneaks in some pretty hefty new vocabulary words, complete with easy to understand definitions. It’s rather a mishmash of nonsense words and adult words, but for the most part it works.

Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine is a fun work of fiction for kids that should keep them wondering till the last page. While it may be easier to start the series with the first book, it’s relatively easy to follow along with the story even if this is your first introduction to the Night Buddies. Author Sands Hetherington has done a great job of appealing both to kids’ love of adventure and animals at the same time.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)