Night Buddies - Adventures After Lights Out

Night Buddies Go Sky High

It’s a wild ride ahead for the Night Buddies as they go Sky High!

An Award-Winning, Innovative Series of Chapter Books for Kids, Ages 7+

A boy… a red crocodile… a collection of magic whatchamacallits… and other truly inventive characters…

Night Buddies revolves around the nighttime adventures of a young boy named John, who is not ready to go to sleep, and a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed. As the stories in each book open, this unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house using Crosley’s I-ain’t-here doodad, which makes them invisible to John’s parents. They embark on their Program, the Night Buddies word for Adventure, and make their way around the Borough chasing down enemies and cleaning up the mishaps at hand.

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These adventures after lights-out will delight any young reader who relishes an adventure/fantasy in the wee hours of the night. Learn more…

Featured Reviews

“Where Night Buddies Go Sky High excels is in the pacing of the story—lots of lingering time to laugh, but equal momentum time to make the adventure exciting for children. Hetherington is so adept at writing for children that his books become instant classics—and that means that after lights out, parents will tiptoe in and grab some of this confection for themselves! Highly recommended.”
Grady Harp, Reviewer for Literary Aficionado and Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

“The stratosphere’s the limit in this third Night Buddies adventure, as John Degraffenreidt and Crosley the red crocodile must go up up up to check out a mysterious roving dot in the sky that just might have it in for them. Their racing blimp may defy the laws of physics but it obeys the prime rule of storytelling: unstoppable action equals lots of fun. Sands Hetherington again combines expressive language, whimsical inventions, abundant delicious (and disgusting) food, loyal pals and wicked foes, in Night Buddies Go Sky High.”
Lynne Barrett, award-winning author of Magpies and co-editor of Birth: A Literary Companion

“Lively and wildly imaginative. A wacky adventure. Crosley, the likable crocodile and his buddy John go on a zany nighttime romp through the stratosphere.”
Randi Lynn Mrvos, Editor of Kid’s Imagination Train

“The language is strong and exciting. It keeps the story moving and adds to the zany antics of the characters. I highly recommend that you get a copy of this delightful book. I hope the author is busy writing another!”
Susan Day, Author and Illustrator

Previous Books

Book 1: Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare / Book 2: Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine


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