The Sandman

The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie

The Sandman

Illustrated by: William Joyce
For Ages: 4 - 8
The second picture book in Academy Award winner William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood series, The Sandman tells the true story of the keeper of dreams.

One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? He needs a backup plan! Or a backup Guardian, as it were. His keen eye falls upon a sleepy little fellow living on a sleepy little island who is a sweet-dreamer extraordinaire. Since good dreams always trump bad ones, this means Pitch, the Nightmare King, will be further thwarted in his nefarious quest to terrorize children. Indeed, Sanderson Mansnoozie seems the perfect choice. But there are two problems. Firstly, given that Sandy has never had a bad dream, how can MiM convince him how important this new role is to the happy-being of children everywhere? And secondly, how can MiM keep this snoozy ally awake long enough to help?

This follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Man in the Moon, called “dazzlingly inventive” by Publishers Weekly, introduces us to the sleepy little fellow to whom we all owe many a good nights’ rest, the second Guardian of Childhood, the Sandman.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442430426 | 
  • October 2012 | 
  • Grades P - 3 | 
  • Lexile ® AD790L
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide for:

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie
By William Joyce

Discussion Questions

1. Before you read this book, what did you know about the Sandman? How did you learn about him? Has your perception of the Sandman changed after reading this story?

2. Is it true “a wish always begins with a dream”? Do all wishes come from dreams? Explain.

3. Does the constellation Orion compare in any way to Pitch, the Nightmare King?

4. How did the wishes of the children from Earth help Sanderson when he was attacked by Pitch and his minions?

5. When Sanderson was attacked by Pitch, it was the first time Sandy had felt fear. What is fear? What puts fear into one’s heart? What is your greatest fear? What do you do when you are frightened? Discuss ways to cope with scary situations.

6. Sandy was stranded on his sand dune. How was Sandy able to learn what fears children of the earth have? How did this knowledge help Sandy help the children?

7. The second time Sandy felt fear was when he realized he would have to face Pitch the Nightmare King in order to help the children of Earth. What activity did he need to do to help him plan a course of action that allowed him to help the children?

8. What is a lullaby? What is the purpose of a lullaby? Has anyone sung a lullaby to you? If so, how did this music m see more

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About the Author

William Joyce
photograph (c) Tony Reans

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The NumberlysRolie Polie OlieDinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Talk to William Joyce and look at upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.