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Title:The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (The Guardians of Childhood)
Authors:William Joyce (Author)
Other authors:William Joyce (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library, Review Copies
Tags:arc, s&S, children, picture book, fantasy, read2012

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The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce




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William Joyce returns to his ongoing saga of The Guardians of Childhood in this second gorgeous picture-book, which continues the story begun in The Man in the Moon. Unable to protect the children of Earth from nightmares when the moon is dark, MiM (the Man in the Moon) searches for an earthly partner in his work, finding him in the form of Sanderson Mansnoozie - Sandy for short - a fellow celestial traveler from the Golden Age, who was stranded when his comet was attacked during the great battle with the evil Pitch, King of Nightmares. Awakening this sandman, MiM makes a wish for his assistance, and Sandy - soon dubbed "His Nocturnal Magnificence, Sanderson Mansnoozie, Sandman the First, Lord High Protector of Sleep and Dreams" - rises to the occasion.

This picture-book series, and the related children's fantasy novels featuring the same characters, were recommended to me by members of the children's books group that I moderate on another site, during a discussion of the film Rise of the Guardians. I'm glad that it was, as I have really enjoyed what I have read so far! As with its predecessor, the artwork here is simply breathtaking. Joyce's palette is visually striking, with its deep shades of blue, and rich gold, and his fantastic subjects are beautifully realized. My favorite scene was the one in which the mermaids gather to sing little Sandy to sleep. Even the endpapers, which depict the Island of Sleepy Sands, are beautiful! The story itself is engaging, building on the developments of The Man in the Moon, and leaving me wondering what would happen next, and which Guardian would feature in the third picture-book in the series. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 19, 2013 |
We really loved this one, even more so than the Man in the Moon. Gorgeous illustrations. ( )
  jenstrongin | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book has awesome pictures, it is kind of long but wonderful.
  Laurenpearce | Mar 9, 2013 |
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Well, I feel a bit guilty not giving this book a 5* rating but I must be honest, we were somewhat disappointed. For those not sure how this series works. It is made up of picture books and chapter books which in the long run are related to each other, same characters, but supposedly could be read apart from one another. The picture books are called "The Guardians of Childhood" while the chapter books are called "The Guardians". We are reading all the books in order as they are published and *highly* enjoying this series: the writing, the world-building, the plot and the illustrations. We came to this book, looking forward very much to the picture book format again, expecting to be taken back to the world of "The Man in the Moon" and perhaps a small insight into the continuing storyline as we know the next chapterbook is titled after the Sandman as well.

First, our disappointment came in that this story is very much a stand-alone. Yes, the man in the moon (MiM) is briefly present but this is "Sandy's" story of how he came to be in the "Golden Age", a time far in the past before the events taking place in the chapter books. None of the chapter book characters are mentioned except of course the villain Pitch, neither is any of that plot, nor is the story advanced in anyway. In truth, while the Sandman is an interesting character, his story is rather boring and feels out of place within the context of the overall series. Some sort of continuity for readers of the entire series (picture & chapter) would have been appreciated.

On the other hand, William Joyce is an illustrator extraordinaire. He should be remembered as one of the greats of our time to follow in the footsteps of the likes of N.C. Wyeth and the Hildebrandts. This book is exquisite. Each page is simply beautiful and the story, as it is, is fully realized with the fantastical, otherworldly illustrations which use a dark palette of blues, purples and browns contrasted with the bright glimmering yellow/gold light of the sandman, his sand, his star and the moon. Beautiful, beautiful! Recommended age is 5+ for reading aloud but quite a bit older for individual reading, perhaps 9/10+. Not what we had expected storywise, but nonetheless a gorgeous book. ( )
  ElizaJane | Dec 31, 2012 |
The Sandman has been a member of folklore for as long as people have been waking up with crud in their eyes. He’s been a hero, a villain, and a god, among many other roles. In Joyce’s mythos, he is a Guardian of Childhood, responsible for bringing sweet dreams to all the children when the clouds cover the light of the moon.

In this picture book, we learn of his origin, and how he came to become the character he is. Receiving his calling from the Man in the Moon, Sanderson Mansnoozie rescues children from the nightmares of Pitch, the newly awakened Nightmare King.

While, as far as I can tell, the plot of this volume is fairly standalone (though makes a little more sense if you’ve read The Man in the Moon), it seems that The Sandman does not itself answer any choice mysteries presented in the other Guardians of Childhood books, or add any new puzzle pieces. Nevertheless, with its imaginative illustrations that seem to glow off the page, and the creative depictions featured within, this volume is just as enjoyable as its predecessor.

Joyce has a certain ability to write books that both appeal to small children and the adults who must read the books to them. This is enjoyable in a day and age where most children’s books and television are so sterile and mind-numbing that the adults who should be taking an active role in the lives of their children find any reason to escape into their own forms of mindless activities, such as updating Facebook or playing Angry Birds.

It’s good that Joyce is releasing these books, as he and his ilk are making children’s books more respectable again, being more interested in telling a story in its most suitable medium than to Pat the Bunny.

I recommend this and the other Guardians books for both children and their parents, especially if you’re planning on seeing the upcoming film (worked on in part by Joyce, so it should have a little bit of the creator’s spirit in it). ( )
  aethercowboy | Oct 16, 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.

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