Title: Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare
Author: Sands Hetherington
Illustrator: Jessica Love
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
When pineapple cheesecakes start disappearing from the world’s only Pineapple Cheesecake Factory across town, Crosley, a zany red crocodile, enlists the help of young John Degraffenreidt to straighten things out. In this adventure-fantasy, the unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house by becoming invisible, thanks to the I-ain’t-here doodad Crosley uses from the bunch of whatchamacallits hanging on his belt.
John and Crosley get on the Night Folks Limited subway and ride all the way to the Cheesecake Factory where they meet the giant manager, Big Foot Mae. There is danger ahead, but the Night Buddies must stay with their “Program” if the world’s supply of pineapple cheesecake counts for anything. And it surely does, especially to Crosley who is totally goofy about the things and never seems to get his fill.
Night Buddies by Sands Hetherington was a unique book, but in such a good way. It’s one of those adventure tales that your kids can get lost in with its unique and hilarious characters sure to keep your child’s imagination reeling. So what happens on those nights when you really can’t fall asleep? Well, your night buddies shows up and adventure is sure to follow.
This book would definitely hold any pre-teens attention. As far as reading level goes I would say 8+. The plot is ridiculous (in the best kind of way), and I found myself chuckling at the nonsense more than once. I really enjoy books that take something real, like not being able to fall asleep at night, and turn it into something amazing. Something that they would want to be apart of. Or, well at least I would have when I was younger.
The illustrations were great. You could expect one per chapter depicting the scene that you were reading and they were in black and white. I thought they added alot to the story and really gave you a sense of how things really were. Like how big Big Foot Mae really is.
My only complaint about the book is the way Crosley and the iguana’s speak. At time I found it hard to read their dialect. There are some made up words as well but fortunately the author was kind enough to include a page with definitions at the beginning of the book.
Overall it was a fun read and I really hope this is the first in a series. I will be holding onto this one for my kids to enjoy when they are older.
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