(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Dune Buggy Press on March 16th 2015
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When 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, they expect something's afoot.
Not surprisingly, Crosley is craving 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, taking them all the way into the stratosphere in their newly modified racing blimp.
“Hig! Hig! Hig! So who wuz yew
expectin’, John Grassinreeds?”
I reached across my bed and switched on the
lamp. There was the iguana in his black undershirt,
the one who parachuted out of the racing blimp. He
was squatting in my open closet door.
“How’d ya get IN here?”
He squirted his tongue in and out: “Same way I
got in yore dumb blimp. Slipped in when nobody
I sat up in bed and stared at him.
“Why? What d’ya want? If you’re still lookin’ for
the milk moles —— ”
“Hush up, boy. I ain’t studdin’ the moles. Naw,”
he smirked, “I come here t’ settle up.”
“Settle what up, lizard? Listen, you get outta my
room right now!”
I stood up, and as soon as I did, he reached in his
“I’m gonna paint yew green all over, banjo-eyes,
jus’ lak I started to in the blimp las’ time when yew
caused me t’ fall.”
The spray can came out and I reached down and
grabbed a shoe.
“Hig! Hig!” We circled around the room facing
each other and the iguana snatched up my bed pillow.
“I don’t see but two shoes, twine-head, an’ soon as
yew throws ‘em, yew’re gittin’ a fat green bee-hind!”
FZZT! He shot off a sample and shook the can.
I threw the shoe at him as hard as I could, but he
blocked it with his pillow, and I ran and grabbed the
“Come ahead an’ throw, scamp, so we can git this
I held onto the shoe and we kept on circling till I
got to my chest of drawers. I stopped and he stopped.
“Dumb lizard, I bet ya can’t guess what I got in
this middle drawer, can ya?”