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NB3CoverLoRes-194x300Night Buddies Go Sky High
Author: Sands Hetherington
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
Pages: 144
Genre: Children’s Book
Format: Paperback

Young John Degraffenreidt and his red crocodile buddy, Crosley, show up at the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory and find Big Foot Mae lying on the floor, staring up at her Great Star Puzzle on the ceiling. 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. Join the Night Buddies as they embark on another Program, this time taking them all the way into the stratosphere in their racing blimp.

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Meet the author….

Sands Hetherington

Sands Hetherington, creator of the Night Buddies series of chapter books, credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley, until eventually it occurred to Sands why it was that Crosley was bright red. That was when the first book came together.

Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years: all of the classic children’s stories from Aesop through the Grimms, Lewis Carroll, Frank Baum, Tolkien and Dahl, with a lot of Dickens and Hugo thrown in. When school was out they got in the car and toured Alaska, Canada and most of the contiguous states. John still gets around. So far he has lived in Germany, Scotland, Russia, England and Spain.

Dogs have always been a part of the author’s life, beginning with Whiskers, a cocker spaniel. When his wonderful boxer Hube died, he despaired of finding a boxer who could match him, and instead got a Saint Bernard. He ended up breeding Saints for a number of years and at this point has had twelve as house pets. Sands says dogs can do you a power of good, and if you lose one, go out and get another the next day and you will be surprised at how fast your grief goes away.

Sands is also a Civil War buff. He would like to spend a month of evenings with common soldiers from both sides to see how they felt about the business. And eccentric generals like Jackson, Sherman and Forrest, and most of all Lincoln. Because Lincoln never gets to smile in his pictures.

The author was born in New York City but was transplanted a year later to Greensboro, North Carolina, where his maternal grandmother lived. He never really left the area and has a lot of the South in him. His grandmother was a prominent educator and became a great friend and mentor.

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 now, and hangs out with his longtime friend Ann and their Saint Bernards Dudley and Maggie. He likes visiting ancient Mediterranean sites in Turkey and Italy, and most of all Greece.

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Night Buddies Go Sky High
A true treasure~ Young Readers are sure to delight in this fantastical Adventure!
NIGHT BUDDIES GO SKY HIGH by Sand Hetherington is an adventurous Juvenile Fiction/Chapter Books. Third Book in the “Night Buddies Chapter Book” series, but can be read as a stand alone. A bit of Fantasy, lots of adventure, a red crocodile named, Crosley and so much, Young Readers are sure to enjoy, yet, another grand adventure.
Once again, Crosley and his friends embark on a hair-raising adventure. Mr. Hetherington has an impressive way with words, his whimsical inventions are sure to impress any and all Young Readers, the wicked foes in his story surely prove loyalty is better, and his way with food, well, we’ll leave that one alone. No, I can’t, while, some are disgusting, others seem delicious. Laugh out loud moments, as you follow Crosley and his buddies on a sky high adventure. A must for any library. A true treasure. I have enjoyed each and every one of the “Night Buddies Chapter Books” and look forward to many more to come. A definite keeper!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 5
Heat rating: N/A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





Welcome Sands!!

Good morning Sands and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

Hello April and readers and thanks for having me!

MBA&M: Give our readers a few tidbits about Sands Hetherington.

I am an old man with big feet –J and lots of white hair and have lived in North Carolina most of my life.  I went to U.N.C.-Chapel Hill and U.N.C.-Greensboro.  I have two Saint Bernards from the same litter, Maggie and Dudley.  Maggie is short-haired and Dudley is shaggy and they are very attached to each other.  We live beside a lake in the country.  The one you really want to know about is my son John.  He lives in Spain now and, like the character in the stories, he doesn’t have a middle name.  I raised him by myself from the time he was six and read to him every night.  All of the kids’ stories out there.


MBA&M: What made you decide to write NIGHT BUDDIES AND THE PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE SCARE? Or where did the idea come from?

During our nightly reading sessions, John joined in the enterprise and invented Crosley the zany red crocodile. We collaborated on John-and-Crosley adventures.  Years later I decided to take the thing further and put the characters in a book.  First I had to sit down and figure out why Crosley was red.  You can’t just spring a red crocodile on somebody and not explain!  Once the answer came to me (one of those eureka moments), everything started to fall into place. Crosley had become such a family member that I felt I owed this to him.


MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing juvenile fiction?

I read a lot of literature in college and graduate school and wrote adult short stories off and on for a number of years.  I never thought much about juvenile fiction until John and I got into it.  Like a lot of people, I considered it a distinct genre with its own peculiar features.  Like sonnets vs. novels, or sonatas vs. symphonies.  These both use words or musical notes, but they do it with very different structures and rules.  I don’t think this about adult vs. juvenile fiction anymore.  After digging into the machinery of both, I find the forms nearly identical, as alike, say, as English and Springer spaniels.  The only difference worth mentioning is that children’s writers get to use magic.  This shouldn’t be done promiscuously, but it tends to free the imagination from certain real-world constraints and makes the writer’s life easier.


MBA&M: What is a favorite comfort food for you? Why?

You may need to give me a pass on this one.  I watch my weight and avoid comfort foods because they make me feel uncomfortable.


MBA&M: Who is your inspiration in writing juvenile fiction?

John, I suppose.


MBA&M: What author would you say inspired you to write juvenile fiction?

No single one, really.  I like Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll and Frank Baum and Mark Twain (if I can wedge the last one in).  Oh, and Tolkien.


MBA&M: Who is your favorite juvenile fiction author?

Maybe Roald Dahl.


MBA&M: What is your favorite genre to read for pleasure?

I’m very eclectic about this, but find myself defaulting to the American Civil War these days.  I’m thinking of raising a regiment.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where NIGHT BUDDIES AND THE PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE SCARE is available?

The book is available on, and can be ordered at any fine bookstore. There are links to the online bookstores at


Sands, do you have anything else to add?

That’s all I’ve got right now.


Thank you for visiting with our readers and us today!

Thanks again for having me!




Paperback:128 pages

Publisher:Dune Buggy Press; One edition (June 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0984741717

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Chapter Books

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: June 1, 2012 | Series: Night Buddies
When pineapple cheesecakes start disappearing from the world’s only Pineapple Cheesecake Factory across town, Crosley, a zany red crocodile, enlists the help of young John Degraffenreidt to straighten things out. In this adventure-fantasy, the unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house by becoming invisible, thanks to the I-ain’t-here doodad Crosley uses from the bunch of whatchamacallits hanging on his belt.On the way to the subway they get better acquainted, and John finds out the wacky reason Crosley is red, and also what happens if he gets any water on him. They get on the Night Folks Limited train and ride all the way to the Cheesecake Factory where they meet the giant manager, Big Foot Mae.There is danger ahead, but the Night Buddies must stay with their “Program” (the Night Buddies word for Adventure) if the world’s supply of pineapple cheesecakes counts for anything. And it surely does, especially to Crosley who is totally goofy about the things and never seems to get his fill.
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