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The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (The Guardians of Childhood) Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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The picture books in this series (as opposed to the novels) necessarily tell simpler, more straightforward tales, giving the background of their main characters. As a comic book fan, they remind me of the origin issues of classic superheroes, telling you who they are and how they came to be, while creating anticipation for future adventures. I look forward to the Sandman's appearances in the other books in the series, as well as the upcoming Rise of the Guardians movie.
Joyce's art, as usual, is deceptively clean and clear on the surface, while closer examination reveals a great deal of detail. The design of the book and art echo the classic tone of the story, with strong art nouveau influences (if I'm getting my art terminology right). I keep using the term "classic," by which I mean it feels timeless. It doesn't feel old-fashioned, nor is it self-consciously trying to be contemporary, in a way that will feel incredibly dated after just a few years.
That this series ties in to an upcoming movie shouldn't put readers off; as I understand it, Joyce came up with the concept of the Guardians of Childhood decades ago, and the movie is adapted from his concept. Interestingly, work on the movie (which Joyce co-wrote and co-directed) influenced this book, as Joyce gives credit for some of the designs to artists working on the movie. Regardless of its origins, the whole Guardians of Childhood project is one that I'm really enjoying, and look forward to future installments in whatever medium they show up in.
Combining myth, fantasy and folklore, William Joyce tells a tale of how the Man in the Moon needs help on the evenings where his visibility is low. He needs a guardian to help keep children safe from bad dreams. Spying a gentle dreamer, a man that guided shooting stars during the Golden Age, the Man in the Moon enlists a sweet little man named Sanderson Mansnoozie in fighting off Pitch, the Nightmare King.
Not your typical children's book. This tale is a bit deeper and darker and will appeal to your curious seven or eight year olds, who think that they are too big for baby books, but will be transported to Sandy's island of Dreamsand and will watch the battle between good and evil unfold.
Do not let my strange association distract you from this book. It is a true gift to be cherished, one that your "I'm too old for baby books", readers will enjoy.
The story here is the origin of Sandy and I'm really struck by the fact that it appeals to the kid
and the adult in me (my daughter really likes it too, lol!). The prose aspect of the story is
decent and gets the author's point accross well enough, but for me the illustrations are
what bring the whole thing home! Either way, its a book worth checking out if you enjoy top-notch
illustration, liked the ROTG movie, or are looking for a great new book to share with your
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This book is amazing. As a parent of a book worm 4 year old I read a lot of Childrens books, this is one of my favorite by far.Published 2 months ago by Caitlin Griffin
Wonderful story and incredibly gorgeous art - a huge source of inspiration! I recommend it for anyone, specially artists :)Published 3 months ago by Natalia Vasconcellos
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The book is great, but this did NOT include audio recording, as claimed in the book title, which was why I was willing to spend as much on the... Read more
Wonderful story, told beautifully with amazing illustrations. Brings back the true artistry of children's literature. Would suggest it !Published 6 months ago by Cassie O.
I love the colors and the illustration as well as the story itself. I highly recommend this book.Published 9 months ago by Karin L Mitchell