Author: Sands Hetherington
Illustrator: Jessica Love
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
Series: Night Buddies #2
Yikes! Crosley Look-Alikes Are Wreaking Havoc in the Borough!
For young John Degraffenreidt, lying awake at night is no reason to fret when it brings a bright red crocodile named Crosley out from under his bed. Night Buddies like Crosley promise a big adventure to any kid not sleepy yet--and tonight is no different! Out of bed, and into the city, John starts on a very special Program (Night Buddies-speak for adventure) with his crocodile friend. Crosley is a unique, wacky character, the only red crocodile in the world for sure, but look-alikes have started popping up all over town, committing crimes, causing confusion, and making Crosley crazy at the sight of them.
The imposters must be stopped, and Night Buddies John and Crosley are just the ones to stop them! Stakeouts and wild chases in a fantastic flying machine, far-out schemes to snare the imposters with the help of old friends and new ones, and a never-ending supply of Crusted Crème Fro-Madge frozen yogurt make for one totally super night.
This book is very interesting because the author created a unique language and way of talking which can be fun as well as confusing for kids. I do like that at the beginning of the book the author explains that words are misspelled and that kids should not spell that way at school. They can also treat it as a game and try to search for all the words that are spelled wrong. With the way the writing is, it can be hard to follow at times. I haven't read the first book in this series yet so I'm not sure what it's like or how it connects to this story. I really loved the concept behind this book and how John and Crosley go on nighttime adventures when John can't or doesn't want to go to sleep. I also try to refrain from exposing my kids to violence so I liked that the "violence" in this book consisted of things such as throwing yogurt at each other. It's a fun and very creative adventure story but like I said, can be hard to follow. I'm not 100% sure if I'm a fan of the way the book is written or if I would have preferred it to have proper spelling and grammar. I'll have to see if my stepson enjoyed them talking that way or not after he reads it to completely form my opinion. Sometimes it's best to get a kid's perspective for a book like this.
Have any of you read this book or the first book in this series? What were your thoughts? What books have you and your kids been enjoying lately? :)
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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