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The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (The Guardians of Childhood) Hardcover – October 2, 2012

4.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Guardians of Childhood
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442430427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442430426
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Parker B. on February 27, 2016
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Do you ever go to the bathroom after wake me up in the morning to sit on the toilet wondering what you going to do with the rest your life. She just sit there wondering and wondering staring at the wall and counting the weird little triangles that make up the wallpaper of your tacky bathroom in your terrible apartment down the road from a waffle house. Only to find yourself drifting off thinking about childhood and deciding that maybe you should buy book but you can decide what book to buy remember the name of the book that you read as a child. so you think about those kids that you babysit to pay for college that's gonna get you a degree that will not get you any further in life then sitting on the toilet will. And your member that their parents read to them but only books that are new and modern nothing about your childhood or from your childhood to start to think about that book again but you can not remember then name. The books name is "The Sandman" this book was beautifully written in the cover is beautiful nice to is a great addition to my library in the kids that I babysit for really enjoyed it it's a book that working for years to come maybe reach my child one day I hope if you're sitting out there sitting on the toilet wondering what the book is that you found this amazon page and review and bought this book. I wish you the best in your weird triangle wallpaper counting.
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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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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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...this was another gift, for my hubby, who loved the character from The Rise of the Guardians movie, which was sort of a condensation of this and the other wonderful Guardians kids' books by William Joyce (my personal favorite is still the one on Nicholas St. North, who eventually just became known as...North, and other aliases--er, monikers). And, while I still tend to personally prefer Neil Gaiman's Dream of the Endless, Sandy here is cool, too. ;->
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By TK on January 3, 2013
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After seeing Rise of the Guardians I was very interested to learn that these books existed.
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
child/children.
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My daughter and I read the Rise of the Guardians before we watched the movie because she wanted to be like "Mommy", which was very cool. After being totally into the characters, her favorite being the sandman, once my 7 year old spotted this book she nagged me until I actually purchased it for her. We read the book together and we both really enjoyed it! We recommend it to all of the Rise of the Guardians fans!
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This story is so fantastical and sweet at the same time! All the kids ranging from 12 to 4 really loved it. Even more, when they started to investigate the pictures, the younger crowd read it multiple times in a row! I love the whole series and how Mr. Joyce weaves the stories so elequently through each other and even the chapter books tie in nicely with the picture books! Ive decided to gift the chapter books to the three nephews that are reading and the two picture books to the ones that arn't independantly reading for Christmas...perfect with the opening of the movie!
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