With the release date of Night Buddies Go Sky High fast approaching but still not upon us, today I thought I would take the liberty of recommending great children’s books that are similar in some way (content, writing style, etc.) to the Night Buddies series so that you and your child can find the perfect book to read together!
Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life
This book aims for an audience a little bit younger than the Night Buddies books, but it’s definitely worth the read. The story is about a young kid named Alexander and his cousin Hallie who turn Alexander’s bed into a pirate ship called “The Flying Dragon,” and go on crazy adventures! It’s similar to Night Buddies in that it plays with language and dialogue that is unique to the characters, which makes the story really come to life and fun to read. The book won Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 in the Children’s Indie Category, and after giving it a try you’ll be sure to understand why!
Akimbo and the Crocodile Man
I had to put this book on the list for a number of reasons, including the fact that one of the main characters is named John, and there a number of crocodiles in the story (sound familiar?). The second in a series, this tale revolves around a boy in Africa named Akimbo who is invited on a field study with crocodile expert John. But when John gets attacked by one of the crocodiles they are working with, Akimbo has to find the bravery to go on his own in a dangerous place in search of help. The book is filled with adventure, and is very fast-paced! Like the Night Buddies series, boys between the ages of seven and ten would really enjoy this read.
Tales of the Time Dragon
Kids being led on adventures through time by a big red dragon? That could be similar to a certain kid being led on adventures by a big red crocodile! This book is great because it combines a fun fictional story with real historical knowledge, and includes maps, a list of historical facts, and a glossary. It’s about two kids who get sucked into their computer when doing a research paper, and end up traveling through time. It’s recommended for kids in either first or second grade, and I would say it’s a definite must-read (this coming from a history buff like me)!
What are some of your favorite children’s books? Leave a comment below to let us know.
How was it growing up with Crosley as a brother?
Brother Crosley and I were always different. I’m not referring to our colors. His redness happened later as a side effect of the Black Bottom pills. Our personalities are what really differentiate us. Crosley is zany and free-wheeling and I’m not, and I’m a dignified genius and Crosley definitely is not. But we did manage to value each other’s strengths and to work together. (Wuk!) Night Buddies Amalgamated would never have come into being without this. On the other hand, I do think Crosley can be a bit jealous that I’m the brains of the operation.
What whatchamacallit are you most proud of inventing?
I think the time-spreader dingus is one of the most useful whatchamacallits I’ve made (it’s the one that slows down time so that John doesn’t lose any sleep for being out so long on Programs). It’s a fact that whenever you manipulate time, you never know (Hik!) how things are going to go, so I’m pleased that the device has worked well so far.
Do you ever worry about the Night Buddies Headquarters being broken into?
Constantly. It’s a major concern. Just think what would happen if the wrong crowd got into my whatchamacallits! This is why I’m always moving Headquarters: to make it more difficult to find. It’s at the zoo now, but just two days ago, it was in the back of Nardiello’s Pizza Palace. The I-D Gimcracks add another layer of security.
Who taught you how to juggle so well?
It’s an innate talent. I do it at the zoo so no one will suspect who I really am.
Last, but not least, what do you love most about your job with the Night Buddies?
I love that it’s fast-paced, and that you never know what each Program is going to be dealing with. Who could have guessed (Ook!) that a gang of Crosley impersonators would figure in the last Program? It keeps me on my toes, and I get to use my imagination making whatchamacallits. It’s a dream job, we’re working for the greater good, and best of all, I get to do it with Brother Crosley and (Hup!) our other splendid operatives.
We all know that Crosley the Crocodile is pretty awesome, what with his out-of-this-world appetite for Pineapple Cheesecakes and his impeccable Black Bottom dance skills, but did you know just how cool all crocodiles can be? Here are some reasons why Crosley thinks it’s cool to be a crocodile.
1.) Crocodiles can be found all around the world! They live in the tropics of North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. This makes them different from alligators, which are only found in parts of the United States and China.
2.) Crocodiles have a similar lifespan to humans. They usually live anywhere from seventy to one hundred years! The Nile crocodile tends to live longer, making it closer to one hundred years in age, while the Saltwater crocodile usually lives to about seventy years old.
3.) Saltwater crocodiles are the largest species of crocodile, and is the largest reptilian predator in the world. The males can end up being twenty-two feet long, and almost 4400 pounds! On average, though, they end up being around seventeen feet long and two thousand pounds, which is still quite a bit bigger than any of us!
4.) Crocodiles have the strongest bite of any animal in the world. Despite this, however, the muscles that open the crocodile’s jaws are not very powerful. A strong person could hold a crocodile’s mouth closed with their bare hands!
5.) Crocodiles really do cry! Tears are normally only noticeable if the crocodile has been out of the water for a long time and the eyes begin to dry out, they don’t cry from emotion like people do.
Courtesy of Pixabay
Despite being one of the coolest species (or at least Crosley thinks so), just make sure you don’t try to befriend a crocodile in the wild. The only ones humans should be playing with are the ones that show up with a Night Buddies adventure to complete!