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The Guardians: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!; Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, Rolie Polie Olie, Dinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, 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. Talk to William Joyce and look at upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.
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That said, The Guardians is a fantastic read. The books are pretty short, maybe 800~ pages in the whole set, and some single page chapters. Large typeface, double spacing, and a rather small size, the pages themselves are awfully short too. These are good books for children to get into reading larger stories, like the middle ground between Cat-in-the-Hat and Harry Potter. (Remember, I haven't read much in my life...) The stories don't play down to the kids they're meant for (7-11) and treat them as the budding individuals they are, and not just silly kids, but still, it holds their hand a bit with touches of humor and lightheartedness mixed in with action and battle. They're adventurous, they're funny, they're sad, these books are a variety of things.
My only issue with them -and it's a small one- is some parts are rushed and a little vaguely written, but at the same time, I can understand why: It's for kids. They might lose interest if it goes into long-winded detail for two whole pages. That and it feeds into their imagination! It lets you paint the image into your head instead of it being spelled out for you. Another problem, they end. :D But that can't be helped.
These books are also great for people who have seen or are going to see "Rise of the Guardians," as it provides a nice bit of back story for the events of the film. Yeah, the Easter Bunny and Toothfairy underwent massive changes and overhauls, but the point still stands, this is how it happened, this is how they met, and this is how they became Guardians and faced off with Pitch Black in the past. So, don't expect Jack Frost. Sorry, Frost fans.
The fourth book of the series hasn't come out yet and won't until maybe November, so I can't say how the whole story unfolds yet, but it it's anything like the previous four, I've already got it pre-ordered! For sub-$30 plus shipping and tax, this bundle is a great deal, less than $10 a book, and they're amazing books. Maybe I'd have written reading logs or finished book reports if these were around when I was a kid. :P
And didn't put them down til I was finished.
They are fast reads and aimed at a younger crowd, but full of magic and quite enjoyable.
I would really recomend them if you are a fan of the movie.
there's more there then is even hinted at in the movie, and a true fan will love learning all the little secrets of the Guardians.
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These are the books that the hit movie "Rise of the Guardians" was based from.
I am currently finishing up book two, and I am in love with the series.Read more