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Friday 31 May 2013

Review: The Sandman (The Guardians of Childhood #2)

I absolutely love the work of William Joyce. The author of over fifty children's books, he is also one of the creative geniuses behind films such as Toy Story and A Bug's Life and co-creator of the Academy Award-winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

His current project is The Guardians of Childhood, intended to be a series of thirteen books, on which the film The Rise of the Guardians is based.

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie is the second book in the series and follows on from The Man in the Moon. However, it can also be enjoyed as a standalone book. The exquisite illustrations — artworks in their own right — bring to life in dazzling detail the story of a sleepy little fellow named Sandy, who is asked by the Man in the Moon to help him keep Earth's children safe at night and fill their sleep with sweet dreams. Pitch, the King of the Nightmares, has sworn to destroy anything good, kind or gentle, so to keep his promise, Sandy will have to face his fears and find a way to thwart Pitch's evil Dream Pirates.

Featuring shooting stars, mermaids and magical Dreamsand, this marvellously inventive tale will not only enthrall but also reassure any child a little afraid of the dangers that might lurk in the dark. After all, with Sanderson Mansnoozie, Sandman the First, Lord High Protector of Sleep and Dreams watching over them, sweet dreams are guaranteed!

Title: The Sandman
Author/Illustrator: William Joyce
Publisher: Atheneum Books, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2012
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781442430426
For ages: 4–8
Type: Picture Book