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Fantastic and delightful fun-filled UFO chasing adventure book for kids

Sands Hetherington has released Night Buddies Go Sky High – the third book in the highly regarded, fun-filled children’s book series.

Kids will be looking for UFO’s everywhere with this wonderful, exciting adventure tale filled with suspense, laughter, and fun so good they’ll happily go to bed with their flashlights underneath the bed covers, giggling with delight.

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 each night. With an imaginary language unto their own and a unique set of technological gizmo’s 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.

In Night Buddies Go Sky High, John and his red crocodile buddy, Crosley, show up at the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory. They find Big Foot Mae lying on the floor, staring up at her Great Star Puzzle on the ceiling. Of course, they expect something’s afoot. Crosley only wants a new supply of pineapple cheesecakes, but what Mae points to on her ceiling will start the Night Buddies on a totally new fantasy adventure.


A suspicious white dot has passed through the Corkscrew Constellation and is now moving underneath the Hound Dog Stars. Across the Borough, Crosley’s brother Crenwinkle sees the same curious speck in the sky.

It looks to be a long night for sleepyhead John, but thanks to the time spreader dingus with its sleep retardant setting, he gets right into their next escapade, this time taking them all the way into the stratosphere in their newly modified personal racing blimp.


It’s a wild ride ahead for the Night Buddies as they Go Sky High! These adventures after lights-out will delight any young reader who relishes a UFO chase adventure and crazy, fun-filled fantasy in the wee hours of the night.

Night Buddies Go Sky High
Sands Hetherington
Illustrated by Jessica Love
List $7.99
Trade softcover
ISBN: 978-0-9847417-3-1
Published by Dune Buggy Press, Greensboro, NC
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Sands Hetherington
About the Author

Sands Hetherington credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years. He and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro, NC.

Jessica Love
About the Illustrator

Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC.  Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist.

What People Are Saying

“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

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