The Sandman and the War of Dreams (The Guardians Series #4)

The Sandman and the War of Dreams (The Guardians Series #4)

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by William Joyce

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In their fourth chapter book adventure, the Guardians recruit Sanderson ManSnoozy, the sleepy legend also known as the Sandman, to their cause.

When the Man in the Moon brought together the Guardians, he warned them that they would face some terrible evils as they strove to protect the children of earth. But nothing could have prepared them for this:


In their fourth chapter book adventure, the Guardians recruit Sanderson ManSnoozy, the sleepy legend also known as the Sandman, to their cause.

When the Man in the Moon brought together the Guardians, he warned them that they would face some terrible evils as they strove to protect the children of earth. But nothing could have prepared them for this: Pitch has disappeared and taken Katherine with him. And now the Guardians are not only down one member, but a young girl is missing.

Fortunately, MiM knows just the man to join the team. Sanderson ManSnoozy—known in most circles as the Sandman—may be sleepy, but he’s also stalwart and clever and has a precocious ability to utilize sand in myriad ways. If the other Guardians can just convince Sandy that good can triumph evil, that good dreams can banish nightmares, they’ll have themselves quite a squad. But if they can’t…they might never see Katherine again.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Book four in the “Guardians” series finds the Guardians, the good guys in the land of Santoff Claussen, searching for Katherine whose been kidnapped by the daughter of Pitch, the Nightmare King. Pitch’s daughter, Mother Nature, kidnapped Katherine and rescued her father Pitch from the Guardians. Mother Nature is jealous of Katherine because Pitch wishes to make Katherine his Darling Princess. Enter Sanderson Monsnoozie, a round little man released from his long sleep by the Man in the Moon. Sanderson is a star pilot from the Golden Age, a being created to make worthy dreams come true. He has been released from his long sleep to help the Guardians find and return Katherine to the land of Santoff Claussen. This otherworldly tale, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland with its long journey and strange characters, is a good versus evil one with numerous interesting players. It is challenging but fun to read its lyrical prose. The story line is sometimes difficult to follow. Thank goodness, the important characters are illustrated at the beginning of the book, as the reader needs these visual cues to keep everyone straight. The black and white illustrated characters appear throughout the story as the Guardians pursue the rescue of Katherine in both worldly and dream-like sequences. Readers of make-believe will enjoy it. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.; Ages 8 to 11.

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Sandman and the War of Dreams


    The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of

    TIME PASSES STRANGELY WHEN you are sleeping. You can close your eyes when it is night, then open them again and see morning. Yet the hours that went by seemed no longer than the drifting journey of a leaf in a soft breeze.

    Strange, wondrous, and terrible adventures are the norm in dreams. Uncharted lands come and go. Dream epics play out. Wars are fought and won. Loved ones are lost or found. Entirely different lives are lived as we sleep. And then we awake, with disappointment or relief, as if nothing at all had happened.

    But sometimes things do happen.

    In the waking world, the Guardians had lost one of their own to a powerful entity known as Mother Nature.

    But an odd little man had been sleeping for more days and nights than any calendar could count. The snoozing fellow was the color of golden sand—indeed, he seemed to be made of the stuff. And his unruly hair twirled and twisted as he slept. He rested in the dune-covered center of a tiny star-shaped island that was nearly impossible for humans to find, for it was not originally from the Earth. The island was not connected to anything; no landmass beneath the ocean anchored it in place. As such, it was the only island on our planet that truly floated atop the water. Because of this, it drifted. In June it might be in the Pacific Ocean, and by July it might be off the coast of Madagascar, its whereabouts known only to the Moon and the stars.

    Which was fitting, for this island had once been a star. It had been saved by the leader of the Guardians, Tsar Lunar, or as we call him, the “Man in the Moon.” But that was ages ago.

    The island, from above

    On this most auspicious night, Tsar Lunar called upon the small and harmless-looking fellow who softly snored among the island’s magic sands.

    But how should one awaken a man from the past? A man who had traveled oceans of time and space. A steadfast fellow who had piloted the fastest shooting star in the heavens. A hero of ten thousand battles against Pitch, the Nightmare King. This smallish warrior had once been the most valiant granter of wishes the cosmos had ever known. How does one wake a man who has not opened his eyes since the great ancient days of the Golden Age?

    As with most things, the answer was simple.

    The Man in the Moon sent a moonbeam messenger with a single whispered request: “I wish that you would help. Your powers are needed.”

    In an instant the little man’s eyes opened. The centuries of sleep fell away. There he stood, tall as he could: Sanderson Mansnoozie. The Man in the Moon then proceeded to relay his full message. Sanderson Mansnoozie listened intently.

    So very much had happened while he had slept.

    Pitch had returned and was threatening the galaxies again. But Sanderson Mansnoozie’s long sleep had been most productive. He was now more powerful than he had ever been: He had power over the world of dreams. In fact, every grain of sand on his island now contained a dream—one dream from each night of his nearly endless sleep, and all of them good dreams, strong enough to fight any nightmare.

    When the Man in the Moon finished, Sanderson Mansnoozie, with a wave of his hands, brought his island to life. Its sands swirled around him, and the island transformed into a cloud that swept him up from the sea and into the sky.

    With moonbeams to guide him, he sailed the golden cloud toward his mission: to aide the Guardians. To save and rescue a girl named Katherine. And to stop Pitch forever.

    This “Sandman” was ready to seek out his ancient enemy and oldest friends. He was ready to face whatever dangers lay ahead.

    And there were many.

  • Meet the Author

    William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (Billy’s Booger; The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack; Dinosaur Bob; Bently & Egg; A Day with Wilbur Robinson; and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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    The Sandman and the War of Dreams (Guardians Chapter Book #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    •_• not as good as the first 3,but O.K.SHORT.(highlight underline circle: VERY short.)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I've waited months for the sandmand&the war of dreams to come out. Bought it the first day it came out and read the whole book that day. It answered a lot of questions about Pitch and his daughter. It also introduced the extremly loveable Sandy! I feel that at a 125 pages this book is a little to short. Also, with the"war of dreams" part, I expected more conflict between Pitch and Sandy. But, I was extremely pleased with this book. It espessialy has me wondering what the future has in store for Nightlight and Kathrine.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This whole series is well written and fun, a wonderful adventure for the whole family. We loved meeting the Sandman. The only bad part was that it had to end!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    When I bought this book (after waiting for almosr a year for it) I must admit that it was not what I expected- IT WAS BETTER! I can't wait for more!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love this book series! Even though it is for young readers I still enjoy them! I would recommend it to anyone of any age group if you enjoy re-living childhood memories!
    yup38 More than 1 year ago
    Amazing , nothing like the movie and the whole series is amazing and I cry a lot when I read these books, but I read them over and over again!  Can't wait for the final book to come out with Jack frost
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    As soon as I saw this book I preordered it. I checked every single day to see if it had come yet. The night it came I stayed up all night reading it. After I finished it I couldn't sleep,it made me a little cranky the next day but it was worth it. I reccomend this book series to any who just loves to read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Clever and imaginative as always Joyce has done it again. I loved this book. Joyce is slowly guiding the reader (whether it's a 5 yo. or a 90 yo.) to the epic conclusion masterfully. The child Guardians are growing up, an important element to see in a book written for the youth of the world, and the journey is eye opening as well as tender for those of us along for the ride. I so don't want to wait for the next book!!
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    Merfemfay77 More than 1 year ago
    i want the next one to come SOON! a hatefull thing;Nicholas should not have to be fat like santa claus!
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    Look above.
    MissMommy More than 1 year ago
    Great addition to the series, can't wait for the next one!