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.
This holiday season we sat down with the characters of the Night Buddies series and figured out what they were thankful for this year. Here’s what they said:
Crosley: I’m thankful that me an’ John get to go out on more and more Programs together an’ that we can make each other laugh. An’ I’m thankful for pineapple cheesecakes of course! By the way, have ya got any with you?
John: I’m thankful that I had trouble sleeping at night, because that’s what got me started as a Night Buddy! And I’m thankful for all the friends I made because of it, even if they do all make fun of my curly hair an’ big, round brown eyes.
Big Foot Mae: I’m thankful that I’m the biggest woman you ever seen, because it sure makes me unique. And I’m thankful for Crosley keeping me in business. That crocodile sure does love my pineapple cheesecakes!
Crenwinkle: I’m sure thankful (Wuk!) for my brother, and for John making sure that he stays focused on the Programs I give ‘em! I’m glad that my whatchamacallits get some use, too, because I put a lot of effort (Wuk!) into making those.
Fast Fanny Farnsworth: I’m thankful for my All-Night Emporium staying in business, and for the Night Buddies taking my far-out flying machines for a spin during their second Program. And I’m thankful that I’ve somehow managed not to kill Crosley yet! (He sure does drive me crazy sometimes!)
Sounds like the Night Buddies have a lot to be thankful for! What are you thankful for this holiday season? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
There are certain characteristics that make a person stand out to be a qualified Night Buddy. Take a look at this list and see if you have what it takes!
1.) Patience—Every Night Buddy must have the patience to endure Crosley’s insatiable appetite for Pineapple Cheesecakes, to wait for his Black Bottom dance fits to come to an end, and to make it through a night without sleep. Every challenge that confronts the Night Buddies in their Programs are best overcome one step at a time; you can’t sneak out of the house before you’ve turned on your I-ain’t-here doodad!
2.) Kindness—Night Buddies will meet a whole world of new people and animals on their first Program, and they need to treat each one of them kindly and respectfully in order to complete their adventure. If you aren’t nice to Fast Fanny Farnsworth, you can’t expect her to rent you a far-out flying machine!
3.) Bravery—Sometimes the tasks that Night Buddies take on seem a little scary at first. After all, iguanas are not creatures that you really want to be around! But Night Buddies know that no matter how scary their Program might seem at first, they can step up and face what lies ahead with bravery. Someone has to keep the iguanas in their place!
4.) Imagination—Some people think that being a Night Buddy is something that only happens in books, but true Night Buddies know that imagination is what makes stories come to life. You can use your patience, kindness, and bravery when you’re at school or playing at home with your siblings, whether you have Crosley by your side or not, because when you use your imagination you can be on a Program anytime!
My six-year-old son John invented the red crocodile named Crosley, and I had to explain why Crosley was red. You can’t just drop a red croc into a story without explaining, right? So it was something I had to figure out before I could start writing the Night Buddies adventures. At some point it occurred to me: Crosley was red because he was allergic to water! Well, sort of. If he got a fair amount of water on him, he would break out doing the Black Bottom dance and couldn’t stop for hours. That is, unless he took the antidote pills his brother Crenwinkle made for him. These pills stopped him from doing the Black Bottom okay, but they turned him red at the same time! It’s a well-known side-effect you can get from Black Bottom pills, at least in the Night Buddies stories.
Have you ever heard of the Black Bottom dance even? It’s a real phenomenon, or it used to be. No worries if you haven’t ’cause I’ll be explaining it in a future post. Stay tuned!
Crosley doing the Black Bottom Dance!
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