Saturday, June 13, 2015

Night Buddies Go Sky High - a bookwrap

Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to Storywraps.  Unwrapping a popular book today written by Sands Hetherington, illustrated by Jessica Love and appropriate for ages 7+.  Enjoy.


Unwrapping some of the illustrations for you to ogle...

Unwrapping the content...

This is the third book in this fun-filled children's book series.  The story is filled with suspense, laughter, and playfulness.  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.  The language is imaginary and there are lots of futuristic doohickeys to spark your interest as this pair surreptitiously exit John's house using Crosely's I-ain't-here doodad, which makes them invisible to John's parents.  Who wouldn't want one of those?

The two 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.  Of course, they suspect something is awry.  Mae points to the ceiling indicating that this anomaly needs to be solved and the Night Buddies are off and immersed into a brand new fantasy adventure.  

 The vibe of the book is fun-loving and hilarious.  The characters are lovable and the storyline keeps moving you forward at a fast pace as the plot develops.  It's always amusing to use different font sizes in a book to capture and add interest to the story.  The black-and-white-pencil-sketch drawings are a visual treat as well.  I am sure the book will appeal especially to boys who love an out-of-the-box reading experience.  

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.

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 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.  

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