Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Review: The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie

For the holidays, I'm reviewing a book or series a day from December 1st through 24th.

Today's book is The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce, the second picture book in the Guardians of Childhood series, of which The Man in the Moon, last year's holiday pick, was the first.

The Man in the Moon is dedicated to protecting the children of Earth from nightmares.  But what can he do when the moon isn't full?  He decides to ask his friend, Sanderson Mansnoozie, for his help.

This is another truly gorgeous book from William Joyce.  His lush illustrations harken back to the fantastical children's stories of the early 1900's, and the level of detail is amazing.  Each page can be examined for quite some time without finding everything.  That's one of the things that makes this the perfect read-aloud bedtime story.  It's relative text-heavy nature means while someone is narrating, kids can explore the pictures.  The message is great for that time of day as well, encouraging kids that nightmares aren't real and can't hurt them as long as they fight back.  This is a fine installment in what is becoming a fascinating mythology of Joyce's own creation.

This book is recommended for fans of the recent movie based on the series (which also includes middle-grade novels), anyone looking for a classic bedtime story and those who like their illustrations magnificent.

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I read a copy off the shelves.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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