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The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie

(Guardians of Childhood #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,786 ratings  ·  231 reviews
The Man in the Moon has a problem.

Most nights, he beams down at the children of Earth, providing them with an inextinguishable nightlight that keeps nightmares at bay. But what happens when it's foggy or cloudy? When the moon is less than full and bright? Who will keep the children safe at night?

He needs a helper! And he's spied just the fellow: a sleepy little guy named
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I first saw the movie The Guardians I was enthralled by the story and ideas behind it. A popular children's book in Germany, Peterchen's Mondfahrt is quite similar with ideas about dreams and guiding children through the dark. Naturally, that allures to all of us.

This book is the (shortened) story of Sanderson Mansnoozie who will become The Sandman. The three books of this that are out, are more picture books and therefore focus on the art rather than the full story. However, that mak
This is a magical story. It is a myth about the Sandman. I love this artwork, I love this story. This book made me feel something. The man in the moon works with the Sandman keeping children's dreams safe and happy. The Sandman fights the bad dreams for us.

This is one of my new favorite books at the moment.

The kids loved this book too. We are going to have to re-read this before it goes back to the library.
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Courtney Apperson
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edci-311
William Joyce's, The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie is absolutely amazing. The illustrations in the book are eye catching and will draw any child into the story of the ever popular Sandman. This book is one that creates a whimsical world for the children to get swept up in. The theme is that of dreaming and wishing. Which is something that every child should believe in. The characters in the story include the evil King of the Nightmares as well as the man in the moon who is trying to ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Dreams, sweet dreams, be in the sand you hold. They banish all the darkling fears and fill the night with gold."

It's so cute~ And the art is so beautiful- it's everything I love; gold, dark blues, stars, the moon, magic sand, and of course "His Nocturnal Magnificence, Sanderson Mansnoozie, Sandman the First, Lord High Protector of Sleep and Dreams" aka Sandy❤ I'm excited to real all the books!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love the art in these books more than the story... :/
But hopefully I'll enjoy the story more when I read the chapter books.
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Second in the Guardians of Childhood fantasy series. The focus in The Sandman is all about dreams and where they come from.

My Take
This would be a good story for children with nightmares — or who need a fascinating idea for a Halloween costume!

Joyce has one heck of an imagination, and I do have to wonder if I should have read Man in the Moon to give this story greater depth.

The kids will enjoy the idea of shooting stars being spaceships, and I did get a kick out of the shell soldiers. They were
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fantastic tale of nighttime wonder and dreams. The gorgeous illustrations are so detailed and the story is magical. Our girls were convinced that David Catrow illustrated this book, based on the appearance of little Sandy, but apparently William Joyce's style is just similar.

The story alternates from being very dramatic to very soothing and while this is a terrific bedtime story, I would recommend it for older children. Overall, we thought this was a wonderful tale and we really enjoy
Jenni Arndt
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit here that this was my first William Joyce book, yes, I read the first two books in The Guardians of Childhood series backwards. My kids found this one at the grocery store and were so excited because they had seen the Sandman in the movie trailer for The Guardians so I was told we had to get the book. I read it to them that night and finished with a tear in my eye. This is a beautiful story about protecting our children from the darkness & all the things they are afraid of.

Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Wish Always Begins with a Dream

After reading The Sandman, I had wished that I had started with the first book in the Guardians of Childhood series – The Man in the Moon. This book is for advancing readers, not suggested for 3 and 4 year olds like so many of the children’s books currently on the market.

Combining myth, fantasy and folklore, William Joyce tells a tale of how the Man in the Moon needs help on the evenings where his visibility is low. He needs a guardian to help keep children safe
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
That wasn't what I was expecting. Not that I know what I was expecting to be honest. I don't know if this is the first origins for Sandman but I was thinking something different.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Sandman is my favorite! He’s adorable.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered who protects the children of the world as they sleep from the nightmares that can bring them fear, pain and sorrow? It’s the Sandman, of course! In the second book of “The Guardians of the Childhood Series,” the Man in the Moon finds Sanderson Mansnoozie, better known as the “Sandman.” Sandman helps him protect the children of the world since his moonlight cannot be bright all nights. The story flows from the beginning of Sanderson as he is a pilot of a shooting star to fi ...more
Scott Rhee
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Ever wonder where dreams and nightmares come from? William Joyce's wonderful picture book, "The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie" answers the question.

Apparently "The Sandman" is the second book in a series called the Guardians of Childhood. Sandy made a cameo in the first book, which described how the Man in the Moon came to be. In this book, the Man in the Moon needs help guarding children of Earth, so he sends a message into deep space to ask Sandy---flying around Orion's Belt in hi
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeously illustrated and freshly told, this story of the Sandman and his origins is like puff pastry: light, delicate and a thing of beauty. Billed as a guardian of children’s dreams, Sanderson Mansnoozie has few lines but considerable heft once he faces his fears in the form of black nightmares that haunt the sleep of children all over the world.

The illustrations are sumptuous, with sand swirling like golden clouds, luminous and airy. Golden color sweeps across the page in the form of moonli
Seeking help to make sure the children of Earth feel safe on nights when fog or clouds obscure the moon's comforting light, the Man in the Moon finds the perfect candidate, Sanderson Mansnoozie (Sandy), a sleepy human who eventually rises to the occasion. The multimedia illustrations are rendered in sumptuous colors, making this book appealing to the eye. The illustration near the back of the book showing snoozing children is especially lovely. This would be a good read aloud but early readers w ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This second book in the Guardians of Childhood series (following The Man in the Moon) has equally drool-worthy pictures, with intricate details and a glowing light: sort of Arthur Rackham meets Maxfield Parrish. I don't love the name "Sanderson Mansnoozie," but I suppose it keeps the book from taking itself too seriously.

"The Rise of the Guardians" movie comes out Nov. 20.
Cute, cute, cute. A lovely bedtime story for childlings. Joyce's world he's created is imaginative and fun to read about, child or not. He creates some wonderful characters that feel alive with the use of beautiful illustrations and some deft writing.

Sandy is one of my favorites. He's sweet and quite adorable in the illustrations. He needs to sleep, and sleep a lot, in order to use his power. If there was a female Sandy, I'd like to think that'd be me.
Linda Lipko
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.
Joyce gives us another back story to one of the figures of childhood mythology: the Sandman. The story is adequate, the villains are creepy, but the art: the art earns this book all its stars. Gorgeous.

Library copy.
The art is AMAZING.
Lady of the Quill
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
4/5 stars!

Just as I loved The Man in the Moon, I also adored The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie--and just as I'd never heard a story behind the Man in the Moon before, I also hadn't really read about the Sandman until William Joyce's book, which was a perfect start.

The story isn't as sad as with MiM, but it still has its dark--and frightening for children--moments. The only other place I'd seen the Sandman was in The Powerpuff Girls, but that version was so different from Joyce's bub
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I really want to love William Joyce's stories of the Guardians of Childhood, but the narratives always seem to be missing that crucial something which would make the stories magic. Joyce's premise is an excellent start, and the Sandman's story is extremely promising, but his conflict with the King of Nightmares just doesn't jive. The potential coflict between these two characters is one that has been explored successfully by many other authors, so Joyce's riff essentially falls short of the mark ...more
Shaina Cade
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review applies to the other two in Joyce's series about the mythical guardians of the best parts of childhood: dreams, adventure, hope, sharing, love. Everything is so new and whimsical and epic and powerful as a child. Joyce perfectly captures that in his detailed colorful illustrations. My personal fave is His Nocturnal Magnificence, Sanderson Mansnoozie, Sandman the First, Lord High Protector of Sleep and Dreams. You deserve all your titles, my sweet dude. I want your island, and your fa ...more
Kira Dickson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Number of Pages: Unknown
Book Format: Hardcover
Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Genre: Fantasy Picture Book
Lit. Requirement: Picture #3

Who looks after children in the night giving away good dreams? The Sandman does, in this book the origin of the Sandman is told. Who he was before he was a guardian and what he does and why.

I love this book. William Joyce is a fantastic author and his books get better and better. I love the pictures of this book and the writing is fantastic
Luisa Knight
2.5 stars. A bedtime fantasy for your children that enjoy made-up lands. It's a little odd for me but I could see some people really liking it.

Ages: 6 - 9

Cleanliness: bad dreams are depicted as scary, black wisps with eyes - younger children might be a little disturbed, so maybe take a look before reading it to see if your child can handle it.

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Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I seem to have a rocky relationship with William Joyce. I either love his books entirely and want to read them constantly to all the kids I know, (or just myself even), or they completely fall flat for me. At least story-wise. I wasn't a fan of this story, I don't know I just got bored. But the actual pictures are amazing and he is one of my favorite artists. Not to mention the name Sanderson mansnoozie is quite possibly the best name I've ever heard.
I initially picked this one up because Sandy is my favourite character in the movie, Rise of Guardians. This picture book provides a backstory to that silent adorable guardian we all fell in love with.

This is exactly the sort of picture book I loved as a kid; text heavy, but with beautiful detailed illustrations that you can get lost in, combined with a story and world that makes kids want to run out to the backyard and play pretend in the world they’ve just read about. I love this world William
How did Sanderson Mansnoozie a shooting star traveler become the Sandman, the guardian of childhood who brings sleep dust to keep away bad dreams?
Read and find out!

The illustrations by William Joyce are works of art in of themselves. Even if the book didn't feature any dialogue, the illustrations are so strikingly beautiful and detailed that kids could tell it themselves.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, by William Joyce, is an excellent read aloud book. Each night I would read to my grandchildren as they hunkered beneath their covers. The number one request was always Sanderson Mansnoozie. To be honest, I loved it as much as they did.
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William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shre ...more

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