One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? Read more...
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More About The Sandman by William JoyceOverviewThe second picture book in Academy Award winner William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood series, "The Sandman" tells the true story of the keeper of dreams.
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One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? He needs a backup plan Or a backup Guardian, as it were. His keen eye falls upon a sleepy little fellow living on a sleepy little island who is a sweet-dreamer extraordinaire. Since good dreams always trump bad ones, this means Pitch, the Nightmare King, will be further thwarted in his nefarious quest to terrorize children. Indeed, Sanderson Mansnoozie seems the perfect choice. But there are two problems. Firstly, given that Sandy has never had a bad dream, how can MiM convince him how important this new role is to the happy-being of children everywhere? And secondly, how can MiM keep this snoozy ally awake long enough to help?
This follow-up to the "New York Times" bestselling "The Man in the Moon," called "dazzlingly inventive" by "Publishers Weekly," introduces us to the sleepy little fellow to whom we all owe many a good nights' rest, the second Guardian of Childhood, the Sandman.
- ISBN-13: 9781442430426
- ISBN-10: 1442430427
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: October 2012
- Page Count: 48
- Reading Level: Ages 6-9
Series: Guardians of Childhood (Hardcover) #1
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-11-19
- Reviewer: Staff
In the second picture-book installment in Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood series, Sanderson Mansnoozie (aka, the Sandman) is enlisted by the Man in the Moon and does battle with the Nightmare King, Pitch. With his cherubic face, cottony hair, and chubby body, Sandy is an unlikely match for the vampiric Pitch, who unleashes ghoulish nightmares to terrorize children. Joyce creates a celestial battleground of constellations, threads of stardust, and inky skies before Sandy’s shooting star crashes into the ocean, where—encountering lushly beautiful mermaids—he transforms Pitch’s nightmares into dreams. Joyce revels in this whimsical reimagining of a legendary figure; after all, when dealing in dreams, the sky’s the limit. A film based on Joyce’s series arrives in theaters November 21. Ages 4–8. Agent: Michael Siegel, Michael Siegel & Associates. (Oct.)