The Sandman

The Sandman

The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie

Book - 2012
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Provides the background, history, and life of Sanderson Mansnoozie, better known as the Sandman, who helps the Man in the Moon keep children safe at night by bringing them sweet dreams.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2012
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 x 27 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442430426
Alternative Title: Guardians of childhood


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Dec 22, 2017

William Joyce is becoming one of my all time favourite artists! This book is so imaginative and sweet, and the illustrations are amazing. I'd love to hang this whole book on my bedroom walls! I hope he does more of these Guardian books for children, I'm getting ready to the read the first in the juvenile series, Nicholas St North and the Battle of the Nightmare King. It looks to be a delightful book, and Joyce has already proven himself as a master storyteller, but I wish for more illustrations! Joyce is a great, great artist!

May 14, 2015

Beautifully illustrated and a great bedtime story as it is all about sleep, and having good dreams. :D

Mar 21, 2015

A beautiful book with lovely illustrations. My three year old wants it read to her every night.

Diell Mar 21, 2014

my 10 yr old nephew really enjoyed learning about the origins of some of the characters in The Guardians movie. Good hook for someone with some trouble with his reading. We'll see how he does with the later books, see if he can be tempted out of his comfort zone............Regarding age suitability>Beautiful read aloud or along picture books for toddlers, but anyone child or adult who enjoyed The Rise of the Guardians Movie will likely enjoy all these earlier books. So 3 to adult.

Mar 18, 2014


Oct 22, 2013

My 4.5 year old and I loved this story (he did get a bit restless due to the length of the story -not quite ready for longer tales); I was personally captivated by the illustrations and would love a whole library of story books with this illustrator.

Sep 24, 2013

I loved this book. Such beautiful illustrations and a lot of fuel for the imagination. It's a little too long-winded for my younger child, who is not yet 2.

forbesrachel Aug 27, 2013

The second story in Joyce's series of guardians. The Sandman, like the Man in the Moon, is also an origin story. Sandy started out by flying the universe in his shooting star; the author ties the ideas of dreams and wishes together. He does this until the pirate Pitch chases him to the Earth. Thanks to the help of the sea creatures and the Man in the Moon, Sandy becomes the Sandman, and fights off the nightmares, while giving people good dreams. Once again the drawings are full of colour. The glimmering golds of Sandy are stand out against a background of dark nights, and sea tones, and are at their brightest int he battle against Pitch. Children can feel safe everywhere, knowing that this guardian is on their side.

DaytonMuse Apr 21, 2013

My four-year-old thoroughly enjoyed this story. Spoiler alert: she loved how Sandy destroyed the bad dreams. The illustrations were really fun - scary enough to get the point across without leading to nightmares themselves. Mr. Joyce is a really imaginative author and we've also liked George Shrinks (the book). We read this book quite a few times and I'm looking forward to reading some of his other recent books.

Dimmu16 Jan 13, 2013

Cute Story!

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Sep 24, 2013

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