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The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (The Guardians of Childhood) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Guardians of Childhood
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442430427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442430426
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-This slightly overwritten, sumptuously illustrated original folktale continues Joyce's epic series. The Man in the Moon (introduced in the first book as MiM) was the first of the "Guardians of Childhood," and it was he who discovered the others. The Sandman (aka Sandy) spends his time piloting a shooting star and delivering wishes through his constant dreaming. But when the nefarious Pitch, King of the Nightmares, attacks him, he loses control of his star and crashes into Earth. MiM's wish allows him to land safely and to fill his island with dreams. Eventually he awakens, his island turns to a cloud, and he takes on the role of Sandman, protector of good dreams. Joyce's multimedia illustrations are lush and detailed. Sandy's starship seems to actually glow against the starry sky, and Pitch is dark and menacing, his minions black, creepy, and goblinesque. The many full-bleed spreads on dark backgrounds are cinematic in scope, detailed, and a pleasure to view. The text is written in an ornate, old-fashioned way that fits the style of the story but occasionally becomes labored or overwrought. Because of the recent film, there may be requests for this book and the earlier titles.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joyce’s work has always had an oddball charm, even in its most commercial Rolie Polie Olie moments. Both his texts and illustrations are whimsical, with allusions to classic late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century children’s lit paired with swirly nouveau and stylized deco forms. This second in the Guardians of Childhood series opens with the hero of The Man in the Moon (2011) looking for a helper in his endeavor to keep children safe at night. Enter Sandy, aka the Sandman, aka Sanderson Mansnoozie. This rotund ball of baby fat pilots a star until it falls prey to Pitch, King of Nightmares, whose minions Sandy later vanquishes. While the story doesn’t quite have the coherent sweetness of Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (1995) or The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs (1996), it makes 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. Preschool-Grade 2. --Karen Cruze

More About the Author

A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently co-directing The Guardians for DREAMWORKS, and is producing The Leaf Men, based on his picturebook. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

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This book is part of the creative and wonderfully written series from William Joyce.
linda sobel
The sandman is the newest addition to the book series and by far one of the easiest to fall in love with.
jsteininger
This book has beautiful illustrations, it is a creative story, accompanied by a vast vocabulary.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. KAPLAN on October 5, 2012
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This second Guardians of Childhood picture book (following The Man in the Moon) has the feel of a classic myth or fairy tale, one that has been told again and again. As with his other Guardians of Childhood picture books and novels, Joyce fuses fantasy, mythology, folklore and science fiction to create a truly interesting tale that feels fresh and original, while simultaneously feeling classic and timeless.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Doll on October 23, 2012
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This was a great book to read to children, not the best for young readers. One issue was with the Kindle edition, hard to read, would get it in print instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jsteininger on March 4, 2013
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The sandman is the newest addition to the book series and by far one of the easiest to fall in love with. This is a great take on the sand man myth and this book has some of the most beautiful illustrations. A must have to read to your children. They will love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2012
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My boys (5 & 8) love "The guardians..." books and Sandman (a.k.a. Sandy) is a great addition to their collection. Wish Joyce would write more books in this format.
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I just read this to my daughter last night, and she loved it. The story was very well put together and the illustrations were fantastic! I was just looking for other books in the Guardians of Childhood series and realized Mr. Joyce also wrote The Mischevians, another one of my kids' favorites.
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The sandman becomes the character that is loveable and in sync with the rest of the characters makes him a important character with the movie.
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Another awesome book from William Joyce. My son loves his books so much. Not only is the writing so wonderfully wondrous, but kid friendly and easy to understand. The illustration so perfectly matches the writing. I am in awe of his talent and ability to relate these stories to children.
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By Scarlet on December 3, 2013
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This book is wonderful for any child or adult who loves the series! The story is a amazing retake on a classic childhood icon. The illustrations are beautiful & whimsical.
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