The Guardians of Childhood: The Sandman, Hardback Book

The Guardians of Childhood: The Sandman Hardback

4 out of 5 (6 ratings)


Of course you know the Guardians of Childhood. You've known them since before you can remember and you'll know them 'til your memories are like twilight: Santa, The Tooth Fairy, The Sandman, The Easter Bunny and the others.

But...where did they come from? How did they became beloved, and worthy of holidays?

Wonder no more, because William Joyce is here to answer your questions.

This, the second book in the Guardians picture book series, will provide the background, the history, the life of Sanderson Man Snoozy.

You may be more familiar with his nickname-the Sandman-but you are certainly privy to his legend, to his ability to control and manipulate sweet dreams...for those who deserve them.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781442430426



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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.

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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).

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We really loved this one, even more so than the Man in the Moon. Gorgeous illustrations.

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In my opinion, this is a fantastic book. One of the reasons why I enjoyed this book so much is because of the illustrations. The illustrations are detailed, colorful, and beautiful. The illustrations do a great job of drawing the reader into the story. For example, there is a part in the story where Sandy is talking to the Man in the Moon and the moon on the page really stands out. The moon is very large, and has remarkable detail. The reader can clearly see the face of the Man in the Moon. The moon is surrounded by golden stars and a purple sky, which really causes the moon to stand out. The illustrations also add to the mood of the story. For example. When the Man in the Moon is talking the pages are covered in a beautiful purple color. When Pitch, the bad guy, is around the pages turn dark with black, gray, and fire yellow. Another reason why I liked this book is because the writing in engaging. The story is engaging, and kept me wanting to read more. The story is a little long, but I was never bored with the story. The language is descriptive, and painted a clear picture in my mind. “But in this Golden Age, there was one who could not abide anything good or kind or gentle: Pitch, the King of the Nightmares.” When I read that I pictured a guy who was mean and dark. The big idea of this story is to teach children that nightmares are not real. “It’s rare for Dreamsand to miss its proper mark, but if it does, a nightmare might try to sneak into your dream. But you know it’s not real.”

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This is a wonderful tale of evil and good as they battle each other in the war of children's nightmares.When the sandman discovers that if the moon is dark, all children have terrible nightmares, he solicits help from Sanderson Mansnoozie who battles the evil forces.The illustrations are lush and very detailed.

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