The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie

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The 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.

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...

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Overview

The 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.

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.

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This second picture book in Oscar winner William Joyce's Guardians of Childhood series stands as the optimal accompaniment to the late fall release The Rise of the Guardians, which stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, and Isla Fisher. Another enchanting Man in the Moon dreamy story by a master in the craft.

Publishers Weekly
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.)
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"A pleasant nighttime read, and the illustrations of tattooed mermaids, heroic constellations, and the golden Sandy himself are worth poring over time and again. Grown-ups and children alike will savor this book’s rich, old-fashioned charms."
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"A pleasant nighttime read, and the illustrations of tattooed mermaids, heroic constellations, and the golden Sandy himself are worth poring over time and again. Grown-ups and children alike will savor this book’s rich, old-fashioned charms."
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The Sandman is the second volume of Joyce's mystical "Guardians of Childhood" series, also currently on film. The first guardian, the Man in the Moon, watching over children of Earth, searches for someone to help him. In the Golden Age, Sanderson Mansnoozie pilots a shooting star. He sends a dream to help the wishes of those who wish on him come true. Attacked by Pitch, the Nightmare King, Sandy's star tumbles to Earth, to become a sandy island on which Sandy sleeps, dreams, and changes. When the Man in the Moon asks him to help keep the children safe at night, Sandy agrees, but wonders how. With the help of the sea creatures, however, he builds a cloud of sand from which he can vanquish nightmares and send lovely dreams to children everywhere. Joyce fills the double pages of this romantic fantasy with scenes of cosmic upheaval, swirling sands, gyrating Dream Pirates, and the sleepy Sandman along with the other parts of the complex tale. He uses "multimedia" to create the textures and contexts that convey the emotions of the story. Note added details on the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442430426
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Guardians of Childhood Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 172,551
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Nice illustrations. Part of a series

    The story tells the origins of the Sandman and how he becomes a Guardin of childhood.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Highly,Highly Recommend!!A MUST HAVE SERIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS!

    William Joyce is unbelievable!!!These are awesome books for kids and adults alike--The same as The Narnia Collection by C.S. Lewis.The movie Rise of the Guardians(WONDERFUL!!) is based on these books. A MUST HAVE for all parents who like their children to read good literature!

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Beautiful artwork

    Very entertaining.

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    Posted June 23, 2013

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    ILOVEITILOVEITILOVEIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is NOT recamended for people with no time on thier hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVEIT!!!!!!!!! <3

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